This past weekend judging took place at the 5th Annual Best of Craft Beer Awards in Bend, Oregon. This annual beer judging takes place during five sessions over the course of three days.
Since the awards inception five years ago, organizers now state that the Best of Craft Beer Awards is now the third largest professional brewing competition in the United States. For the 2018 judging it received over 2,000 entries, from 44 states and 3 foreign countries that included Colombia, Canada, and Belgium. Judges awarded 245 gold, silver, and bronze medals to 152 brewery locations in a total of 86 categories.
After all was said and done, the 2018 Brewery of the Year was awarded to Breakside Brewery for its entries from its three locations.
For a complete list of winners from the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards click HERE.
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.