Judging for the Washington Beer Awards was held from June 2-3, 2018 at Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery in Lake City. The panels of trained judges evaluated 1,297 beers from 181 breweries spanning 131 unique styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines for technical and stylistic excellence. For its 2018 awards, 117 Washington breweries received recognition of gold, silver, and bronze medals in 74 different award categories.
One brewery that is close to home for us that came up big was Camas based Grains of Wrath Brewing as it took home six medals including Very Small Brewery of the Year as it entered the competition for the very first time! Mike Hunsaker and his brew team were awarded 1 Gold Medal, 4 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal. Not a bad showing for a brewery that just opened its doors a few months ago.!
The competition was held with the endorsement of the Washington Beer Commission as a way to celebrate Washington’s growing brewing culture and recognize excellence in the craft. All of Washington’s craft breweries were invited to submit entries to the competition held in a similar format to other craft beer competitions like the Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup®. – Washington Beer Awards
Local Portland Metro area brewers that were awarded multiple awards include Grains of Wrath Brewing (1 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze); Heathen Brewing (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze); Barrel Mountain Brewing (1 Gold, 3 Bronze); Brothers Cascadia Brewing (3 Silver); Loowit Brewing (1 Silver, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze); and Trap Door Brewing (1 Gold, 1 Bronze).
Other local Portland Metro area brewers that were awarded single medals include 54-40 Brewing Company, Hopworks Urban Brewery Vancouver, Trusty Brewing Company, Trap Door Brewing and Dwinell Country Ales Collaboration, McMenamins on the Columbia, and Fortside Brewing Company.
Here is the list of winners from the 2018 Washington Beer Awards.
German Pale Lagers: Gold: Mirage – Ski Mask Silver: Beardslee Public House – Duh Dortmunder Bronze: Barrel Mountain Brewing – Luv Ya Lager
American-Style Pale Ales: Gold: Odd Otter Brewing Co. – Ottzel Quatzel Silver: Stoup Brewing – Mosaic Pale Bronze: Grains Of Wrath Brewing – Papermaker Pale
American-Style Strong Pale Ales: Gold: Melvin Brewing Bellingham – Tiger Style Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing – Overkill IPA Bronze: Everybody’s Brewing – Mountain Mama Pale Ale
American Amber Ales: Gold: Valholl Brewing Company – Valkyrie Red Silver: Chainline Brewing Company – Recumbent Bronze: Manfish Brewing – Red-Headed Step Child
American-Style Brown Ales: Gold: Iron Goat Brewing – Brown Silver: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery – Gentle Ben Bronze: Trap Door Brewing – Uptown Brown
American-Style Black Ales: Gold: Reuben’s Brews – Small Batch Brewery – Black Imperial IPA Silver: Trusty Brewing Company – Dark Marc Bronze: North 47 Brewing Co. – Nightmare 21
American-Style India Pale Ales: Gold: Hellbent Brewing Company – Gate City IPA Silver: White Bluffs Brewing – Fans In Denial Bronze: Georgetown Brewing Company – Bodhizafa
American-Style India Pale Ales – Northeastern Substyle: Gold: McMenamins Breweries (Anderson School Brewery) – Egyptian Cotton IPA Silver: Brothers Cascadia Brewing – You Like ‘A Da Juice Bronze: Airways Brewing – Luxury Jet
Imperial or Double India Pale Ales: Gold: Cash Brewing Co – Top Spin Double IPA Silver: Good Brewing Co. – 100% Pink Boots Bronze: Sumerian Brewing Co. – Hopruption Double IPA
Imperial or Double India Pale Ale – Northeastern Sub-Style: Gold: Trap Door Brewing – Juicy Vuitton Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing – Onslaught Bronze: Reuben’s Brews – Small Batch Brewery – Triple Crush
Imperial or Double Red Ales: Gold: Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria – Red Sector Silver: No-Li Brewhouse – Born & Raised Bronze: Reuben’s Brews – Small Batch Brewery – Life On Mars
Barleywines: Gold: Figurehead Brewing Company – First Leg Silver: Optimism – Ale X Bronze: River City Brewing – Colonel Crusher
Belgo-American & International Ales: Gold: Barrel Mountain Brewing – Silver Star Session Silver: Chainline Brewing Company – Pump Track Bronze: Reuben’s Brews – Triumvirate
Belgian-Style Witbiers: Gold: Lowercase Brewing – WITBIER Silver: E9 Brewery LLC – E9 Belgian White Bronze: Flying Lion Brewing – Belgian Witbier
Belgian Ales: Gold: Wander Brewing – Wanderale Silver: Bainbridge Brewing – Bainbridge Blonde Bronze: Lost Woods Brewery – Lost Woods Belgian
Abbey-Inspired Ales: Gold: Perihelion Brewery – Quasar Silver: Cash Brewing Co – Dubbel Header Bronze: North Fork Pizza & Brewing Inc – Brother Crazy John
Belgian Strong Ales: Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. – James Street – Belgian Golden Strong Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing – Brewhouse Bully Bronze: Figurehead Brewing Company – Midwatch
Belgian and French Farmhouse Ales: Gold: Northish Beer Company – Stable Boy Silver: Optimism – Pride Bronze: Fortside Brewing Company – Kanaka
Specialty Saisons: Gold: Aslan Brewing Company – Justice Temple Silver: Dystopian State – O.G. Farmhouse Bronze: Cairn Brewing – Winter Sunshine
Specialty & Historical Beers: Gold: Populuxe Brewing – Maltøl Silver: Rooftop Brewing Company – Hoppin’ Honey Bronze: The Pike Brewing Company – Pike Hive Five Honey Ale
Experimental Beers: Gold: The Hidden Mother Brewery – Pine Tree Peppercorn Saison Silver: The Hidden Mother Brewery – Morel Mushroom Red Bronze: Lucky Envelope Brewing – Peanut Butter Cream Stout
Wood & Barrel Aged Beers: Gold: Willapa Brewing Co – Double Knee Whiskey Stout Silver: Wander Brewing – Wild Warehouse Bronze: Ten Pin Brewing – Barrel Aged BeWILDering C
Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Beers: Gold: Steam Donkey Brewing Co. – Shindig On The Beach Silver: Fremont Brewing – Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Bronze: Loowit Brewing Company – Cryptodome
Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers: Gold: Stoup Brewing – Funky Cold Bordelleaux Silver: Optimism – Raspberry Solar Punk Bronze: Wander Brewing – Plum Bob
Pro-Am: Gold: Figurehead Brewing Company and Homebrewer Paul Navarrette – Big Wheel Brown (English Brown Ale) Silver: Lucky Envelope Brewing and Homebrewer Blake Dopeker – Cuke Nukem (Field Beer) Bronze: Reuben’s Brews and Homebrewer Brian Hale – Game Over (Scotch Ale)
Collaboration Beers: Gold: Lowercase Brewing and Georgetown Brewing – Italian PILSNER Silver: Trap Door Brewing and Dwinell Country Ales – Gift Horse Bronze: Flying Lion Brewing and Four Generals Brewing – Weizenbock
Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer: Propolis Brewing – Cherry Damiana Best Washington Malt Beer (Sponsored by Skagit Valley Malting): Atwood Ales Farm Brewery – Triticale
Very Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Crosby Hops): Grains of Wrath Brewing Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Washington Hops Commission): Populuxe Brewing Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by YCH Hops, Yakima Chief – Hopunion): E9 Brewery LLC Large Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Briess Malt and Ingredients): Wander Brewing
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.