Washington Beer Awards 2016 – The list of winners


Each year at the Washington Brewers Festival the winners of the annual Washington Beer Awards are announced. The festival continues through the weekend. Pictured above, Adam Robbings or Reuben’s Brews with last year’s medal haul.

The judged beer competition is open to Washington breweries only. Given the fact that there are over 300 breweries in the Evergreen State, there’s plenty of competition. In all, 950 beers were judged. Below we share the 2016 Washington Beer Awards winners. This was the fourth year for the awards program. Congrats to all the winners.



















2016 Washington Beer Awards Winners

European Pale Lagers:

Gold: Gordon Biersch-Seattle – Helles

Silver: Three Magnets Brewing Co. – Scherler Gold






Bronze: Redhook Brewery – ESL


Gold: Reuben’s Brews – Small Batch Brewery – Pilsener

Silver: Fremont Brewing – Pilsner

Bronze: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Pils

European Amber & Dark Lagers:

Gold: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Dunkel

Silver: Icicle Brewing Company – Dirtyface Amber

Bronze: Ram Restaurant & Brewery – Vienna

Strong Lagers:

Gold: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Maibock

Silver: River City Brewing – Congratulator Doppelbock

Bronze: Snipes Mountain – Bandolero Rye Baltic Porter

American Lagers:

Gold: Northwest Brewing Company – Hawk One Lager

Silver: Farmstrong Brewing Company – La Raza

Bronze: Everybody’s Brewing – Local Logger Lager

German-Style Kölsch:

Gold: Heathen Brewing – Absolution

Silver: Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery & Taproom – Kolsch

Bronze: Dru Bru – Kolsch

German-Style Altbier:

Gold: Bainbridge Brewing – Arrow Point Amber

Silver: White Bluffs Brewing – Red Alt

Bronze: Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria – Lithium

German Wheat & Rye Beers:

Gold: Stoup Brewing – Stoup Bavarian Hefeweizen

Silver: Seapine Brewing Company – Simian Saber Squabble

Bronze: 5 Rights Brewing Company – Nellie’s Nectar

Other Wheat & Rye Beers:

Gold: Loowit Brewing Company – Grimlock Rye Porter

Silver: Republic Brewing Company – Ramblin Rye Ale

Bronze: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Rainy Rye

Golden or Blonde Ales:

Gold: Hellbent Brewing Company – Goldfinch Golden Ale

Silver: Diamond Knot Brewing Co. – Blonde Ale

Bronze: Counterbalance Brewing Company – Abigale Blonde Ale

Cream Ales:

Gold: Puyallup River Brewing Co. – Cream Ale

Silver: Flyers Restaurant & Brewery – Penn Cove Pilsner

Bronze: Wet Coast Brewing Co. – Wet Coast Cream Ale

Session Beers:

Gold: Ten Pin Brewing Co. – Shrunken Head Pin

Silver: Sumerian Brewing Co. – Sargon IPA

Bronze: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Sod Slayer


Gold: Flycaster Brewing Company – ESB

Silver: No-Li Brewhouse – Spin Cycle Red

Bronze: Dick’s Brewing Co. – Dick’s Best Bitter

English Ales:

Gold: Flyers Restaurant & Brewery – Humbles Blonde Ale

Silver: No-Li Brewhouse – Born And Raised

Bronze: Fish Brewing Company – Organic IPA

English Dark Ales:

Gold: Walking Man Brewing – Barefoot Brown

Silver: Flyers Restaurant & Brewery – Barnstormer Brown Ale

Bronze: Puyallup River Brewing Co. – Springtime Brown Ale

British Strong Ales:

Gold: Sound To Summit Brewing – Wild Willy Wee Heavy

Silver: Silver City Brewery – Old Scrooge

Bronze: Icicle Brewing Company – The Decline

Scottish Shilling Ales:

Gold: Northern Ales, Inc. – Okanagan Highlander

Silver: Waddell’s Brewing Co. – Scottish

Bronze: River Time Brewing – Life Changer

Scotch Ales:

Gold: Old Rock Brewery – Misery Whip Scotch Ale

Silver: Heathen Brewing – Highland Charge

Bronze: Silver City Brewery – Fat Scotch Ale

Irish Red Ales:

Gold: Loowit Brewing Company – Two-Sixteen Red Ale

Silver: Heathen Brewing – Mighty Craic

Bronze: Silver City Brewery – Ridgetop Red

Robust Porters:

Gold: Der Blokken Brewery – The Black

Silver: Stoup Brewing – Stoup Robust Porter

Bronze: Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery & Taproom – Robust Porter

Other Porters:

Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. – Transporter

Silver: Schooner EXACT Brewing Company – King Street Brown

Bronze: Ram Restaurant & Brewery – Porter

Sweet/Cream Stouts:

Gold: Wet Coast Brewing Co. – Sneak Thief Stout

Silver: Bushnell Craft Brewing Company – Dunkadelic Milk Stout

Bronze: Triceratops Brewing Company – Hawthorne Coffee Milk Stout

Irish Stouts:

Gold: Gordon Biersch-Seattle – Irish Stout

Silver: Wander Brewing – Correspondent

Bronze: Paradise Creek Brewery – Invective Stout

American-Style Stouts:

Gold: Flying Lion Brewing – Rye Stout

Silver: Beardslee Public House – Sidewinder Stout

Bronze: Waddell’s Brewing Co. – Alligator Stout

Imperial Stouts:

Gold: Fortside Brewing Company – Cocoa-Fied

Silver: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse – Big Lebrewski

Bronze: Black Raven Brewing Co. – Grandfather Raven

American-Style Pale Ales:

Gold: No-Li Brewhouse – Poser

Silver: E9 Brewery LLC – Don Of Time

Bronze: Flying Lion Brewing – Single-Hop Pale

American-Style Strong Pale Ales:

Gold: Heathen Brewing – Vantucky

Silver: Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Epiphany Pale Ale

Bronze: Ten Pin Brewing Co. – Head Pin IPA

Belgo-American & International Ales:

Gold: Gordon Biersch-Seattle – Belgian IPA

Silver: Reuben’s Brews – Small Batch Brewery – Triumvirate

Bronze: Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery & Taproom – Crikey IPA

American Amber Ales:

Gold: Elliott Bay Brewing Company – Organic Gateway Amber

Silver: Chainline Brewing Company – Recumbent Red Ale

Bronze: Northwest Brewing Company – Joker Amber Ale

American Brown & Black Ales:

Gold: Riverport Brewing Co. – Bambalam

Silver: No-Li Brewhouse – Crony

Bronze: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery – Storm Cycle

American-Style India Pale Ales:

Gold: Lucky Envelope Brewing – ENIAC Mosaic IPA

Silver: Loowit Brewing Company – Flawless Victory IPA

Bronze: Ten Pin Brewing – Head Pin IPA

Imperial or Double India Pale Ales:

Gold: Northwest Brewing Company – Crazy Bitch Double India Pale Ale

Silver: Sumerian Brewing Co. – Eruption Double IPA

Bronze: Standard Brewing – Imperial IPA

Imperial or Double Red Ales:

Gold: Cloudburst Brewing – Hoodwink

Silver: Ghost Runners Brewery – Phantom Rojo Imperial Ale

Bronze: Dick’s Brewing Co. – Dick’s Wreckless Red


Gold: Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Barleywine

Silver: Fish Brewing Company – Ten Squared

Bronze: TripleHorn Brewing Co – BYGG VIN 2015

Belgian Ales:

Gold: Bainbridge Brewing – Bainbridge Blonde

Silver: Northwest Brewing Company – Three Skulls Blood Orange Wit

Bronze: Reuben’s Brews – Small Batch Brewery – Lilywhite Wit

Belgian Tripels:

Gold: Silver City Brewery – Liquid Sunshine

Silver: Hellbent Brewing Company – Mossback Monk

Bronze: Slaughter County Brewing Company – Mon Petit

Abbey-Inspired Dark Ales:

Gold: Wander Brewing – Together

Silver: Valholl Brewing Company – Virgin Hammer Belgian Quad

Bronze: Mollusk – Abbot’s Private Reserve

Belgian Strong Ales:

Gold: Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro – Wonderland Belgian Strong Golden

Silver: TripleHorn Brewing Co – Mystic

Bronze: Rainy Daze Brewing Co. – Bewildered Stout

Farmhouse Ales:

Gold: Three Magnets Brewing Co. – Karakterbier

Silver: Urban Family Brewing – Voices Underground

Bronze: Farmstrong Brewing Company – Northwest Farmhouse Ale

Brett Beers:

Gold: E9 Brewery LLC – Friendship

Silver: Standard Brewing – Brett Earl

Bronze: E9 Brewery LLC – Nectarberry

German Sour Beers:

Gold: Seapine Brewing Company – Gose

Silver: E9 Brewery LLC – Wild Tacoma Table Sour

Bronze: Aslan Brewing Co – Disco Lemonade

Sour Beers:

Gold: Elliott Bay Brewing Company – Big Pun

Silver: Stoup Brewing – Stoup American Pale Sour

Bronze: Urban Family Brewing – Lady Of The Night

American-Style Fruit Beer:

Gold: River City Brewing – Huckleberry Ale

Silver: Big Block Brewing – Raspberry Blonde

Bronze: Dick’s Brewing Co. – Dick’s Grapefruit IPA

Fruit Wheat Beers:

Gold: Ten Pin Brewing – Groove Pineapple Wheat

Silver: TripleHorn Brewing Co – Blood Orange Symbel

Bronze: Ice Harbor Brewing Co. – Tangerine ExBEERience Hefeweizen

Belgian Fruit Beers:

Gold: Propolis Brewing – Pi

Silver: Wander Brewing – Cranberry Fruit Puncheon

Bronze: Schooner EXACT Brewing Company – NW Sour Beer Framboise

Vegetable Beers:

Gold: E9 Brewery LLC – Rhubarb Wild

Silver: Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria – Paradise

Bronze: Anacortes Brewery – 2015 Pumpkin Ale

Chili Pepper Beers:

Gold: Middleton Brewing – Mierda Fuego

Silver: Big Al Brewing – Big Al Chile IPA

Bronze: Lucky Envelope Brewing – Two Pepper Pale Ale

Coffee & Chocolate Beers:

Gold: Elysian Brewing Company – The Fix

Silver: Wet Coast Brewing Co. – El Capitan Brown Ale

Bronze: Puyallup River Brewing Co. – Mud Mountain Milk Stout

Herb & Spice Beers:

Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. – Royal Tannenbaum

Silver: Hi-Fi Brewing Co. – Pump Up The Volume 2015

Bronze: Elysian Brewing Company – Saison Poivre

Smoke Beers:

Gold: Chuckanut Brewery – Chuckanut Helles Rauchbier

Silver: Whitewall Brewing Company – Firetrail Ale

Bronze: Big Barn Brewing Co – Mountain Smoke Porter

Specialty & Historical Beers:

Gold: Pike Brewing Company – Pike Hive Five Hopped Honey Ale

Silver: Crucible Brewing Co – Crucible Kettle Sour

Bronze: No-Li Brewhouse – Oyster Stout


Gold: Urban Family Brewing – Clouds Of Pale Gold

Silver: Bainbridge Brewing – Windfall Grapefruit IPA

Bronze: Lucky Envelope Brewing – Peanut Butter Porter

Wood & Barrel Aged Beers:

Gold: Wander Brewing – Wild Warehouse

Silver: Fortside Brewing Company – Cocoa-Espresso Port/Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Bronze: River City Brewing – Wine Barrel-Aged Huckleberry Ale

Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Beers:

Gold: Fremont Brewing – Bourbon Abominable (B-Bomb)

Silver: Whitewall Brewing Company – Anniversary Ale

Bronze: Black Raven Brewing Co. – La Mort Bourbon

Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers:

Gold: Three Magnets Brewing Co. – 2014 Tart Barrel Aged Helsing

Silver: Riverport Brewing Co. – Barrel Two Batch One

Bronze: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse – The Wild One

Washington Pro-Am:

Gold: Aslan Brewing Co & Jenn Tadder – Lucky Break

Silver: Ram Restaurant & Brewery & Phil Cammarano – Roggen

Bronze: Snipes Mountain & Stephanie Rodriguez – Hop Jelq IPA

Other Awards

Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer: E9 Brewery LLC – Blackberry

Best Washington Malt Beer (Sponsored by Skagit Valley Malting): Four Horsemen Brewery – Black Plague Stout

Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by YCH Hops, Yakima Chief – Hopunion): Ten Pin Brewing

Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Washington Hops Commission): E9 Brewery LLC

Large Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Briess Malt and Ingredients): No-Li Brewhouse


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