Results are in from the 2023 NABA awards. PNW brewers win big

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The results are in from the judges at last weekend’s North American Brewers Association awards. The annual event is held in Idaho Falls, ID. This competition attracts a lot of beers from the Western U.S., as the results indicate, but also beers from breweries across the nation. So when we say that PNW brewers won big, that’s not really much of a brag.

As always, we do not know which breweries and beers entered the competition. We only know the winners. Part of this, honestly, is a numbers game. The more you enter, the better your odds of winning, but the beer still needs to be great to win a medal. Oregon’s breweries are obviously a lot more interested in entering this competition than breweries in, let’s say, Massachusetts or Michigan.

Big shout out to the legendary John Lovegrove for helping me sort out this snarl of data.

States that won the most medals (top 10):

OR, 87
UT, 40
ID, 38
WA, 33
MT, 24
WY, 24
CA, 10
MA, 8
CO, 7
MO, 6


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Breweries that won 5 or more medals:

13 – 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
13 – Breakside Brewery
9 – Flix Brewhouse
8 – Deschutes Brewery
7 – Elysian Brewing
7 – Roadhouse Brewing Company
6 – Grains of Wrath Brewing (WA and OR breweries)
6 – BJs Restaurants & Brewhouse
6 – Templin Family Brewing
6 – Uinta Brewing
5 – Von Ebert Brewing
5 – StormBreaker Brewing
5 – Sunriver Brewing Company
5 – Altitude Chophouse and Brewery
5 – Falling Sky Brewing
5 – Last Chance Cider Mill
5 – Lewis and Clark Brewing
5 – True North Ale Company

WA Clean Sweep!

Not exactly the most popular category, but Washington brewers swept the Herb Spiced Beer category. Elysian Brewing won Gold and Silver. Barrel Mountain Brewing won Bronze.


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Washington’s Gold Medals:

  • Echoes Brewing Company- The Golden Blonde
  • Elysian Brewing – DRAGONSTOOTH STOUT
  • Elysian Brewing – The Great Pumpkin
  • Grains of Wrath Brewing – Vienna Lager
  • Grains of Wrath Brewing – Into the Void
  • Grains of Wrath Brewing – Papermaker Pale
  • Old Stove Brewing -Have Mercy
  • Reuben’s Brews – Three Ryes Men
  • Silver City Brewery – Ridgetop Red
  • Sound2Summit Brewing – Sail Away Scotch Ale
  • Uprise Brewing Company Mexican Lager

Washington’s Silver Medals:

  • Barrel Mountain Brewing – Starway
  • Elysian Brewing – Perseus Porter
  • Elysian Brewing – Where There’s Smoke
  • Elysian Brewing – Spa Day
  • Elysian Brewing – Nightowl
  • Formula Brewing – Adults are Talking
  • Fortside Brewing Company – Fuzzy Perzik
  • Grains of Wrath Brewing – Coco Mysterio
  • Silver City Brewery – Old Scrooge
  • Stemma Brewing -Spring Rain Crushable Pale
  • Stemma Brewing – Shelter N Haze

Washington’s Bronze Medals:

  • Barrel Mountain Brewing – Be Happy
  • Barrel Mountain Brewing – Backpacker
  • Elysian Brewing – Sour Puss
  • Formula Brewing – Love Buzz
  • Formula Brewing – That Fine Line
  • Loowit Brewing Company- Grimlock Porter
  • Grains of Wrath Brewing – Frost Hammer Helles
  • Old Stove Brewing – Gose 2.0
  • Silver City Brewery – Bavarian Hefeweizen
  • Sound2Summit Brewing – Into the Deep
  • Ten Pin Brewing Co. – Snake Eye Stout

The Complete Results

We’ve compiled the list of all medals and medal winners into a PDF for you. Forgive us, the formatting isn’t great but all of the info is there. Click here for the complete list of medal winners, including the style categories in which each beer won.



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