For 2016 the judging competition received 950 beers from 139 different Washington based breweries. To be considered each of the beers submitted for judging had to be both brewed and made commercially available within the state of Washington. All 950 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 56 different category groupings.
The big awards of the day went to Ten Pin Brewing for Small Brewery of the Year, E9 Brewery for Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year, and No-Li Brewhouse for Large Brewery of the Year.
Here’s a rundown of the all of the award winners in each of the 56 categories. Congratulations to all winners!
European Pale Lagers: Gold: Gordon Biersch-Seattle – Helles Silver: Three Magnets Brewing Co. – Scherler Gold Bronze: Redhook Brewery – ESL
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
Experimental: 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
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
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.