Washington Fresh Hop Beer Awards – 2023 winners announced



Specialty Competitions LLC is happy to announce the winners of the second Washington Beer Awards® Fresh Hop Competition. The winners were announced at an event last Thursday at The Growler Guys in Seattle (photo above). All of the beers submitted for the competition were brewed and made commercially available in the state of Washington. Of course, each of the beers utilized fresh hops.  Standard caveat: we do not know which beers were submitted, just which beers won. If your favorite brewery or beer did not win, perhaps it didn’t even enter.

In all, 157 fresh hop beers, brewed by 68 Washington breweries, were submitted for judging. The entries were evaluated in a blind format using the Brewers Association Style Guidelines by panels of trained beer judges who awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze placements for each category grouping. 

2023 Washington Beer Awards, Fresh Hop categories.

Here is the list of winners.

Fresh Hop American-Style Pale Ales:

  • Gold: Ladd & Lass Brewing – Fresh Hop Pale Ale – Sabro
  • Silver: Fremont Brewing Company – Field To Ferment
  • Bronze: McMenamins Breweries – Talus Fresh Hop Pale Ale (Elks Temple Brewery)

Fresh Hop Juicy or Hazy Pale Ales:

  • Gold: Icicle Brewing Company – Alpenhaze Fresh Hop – Citra
  • Silver: Triplehorn Brewing Co – Rhinemaiden Fresh
  • Bronze: PSB – Sabro Freshy IPA

Fresh Hop American-Style Strong Pale Ales:

  • Gold: Grains Of Wrath Brewing – Built For Speed IPA
  • Silver: Project 9 Brewing – Fresh Amarillo
  • Bronze: Cloudburst Brewing – Yakima Caviar

Fresh Hop Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ales:

  • Gold: Single Hill Brewing Company – Skyfinder
  • Silver: Georgetown Brewing Co – Get Me Two
  • Bronze: Trap Door Brewing – Fresh Glowed Up

Fresh Hop American-Style India Pale Ales:

  • Gold: Old Stove Brewing Company – Mosaic NWIPA
  • Silver: Bale Breaker Brewing Company – Citra Slicker Fresh Hop IPA
  • Bronze: Vice Beer – Ya Fresh, Ya Hop, And Ya Don’t Quit

Fresh Hop West Coast-Style India Pale Ales:

  • Gold: Trap Door Brewing – Fresher Than Fresh
  • Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing – Panopticon IPA
  • Bronze: Cloudburst Brewing – How The Wet Was Won

Fresh Hop Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ales:

  • Gold: Lumberbeard Brewing – Mosaic Is Fresh
  • Silver: Stemma Brewing Company – SaBRO That’s Fresh
  • Bronze: Irrelevant Beer – Indifferent Life

Other Fresh Hop Beers:

  • Gold: Varietal Beer Company – Hyperion
  • Silver: Lucky Envelope Brewing – Fresh Hop Centennial Pilsner
  • Bronze: Old Stove Brewing Company – HBC 586 Cold IPA


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