Judging for the Washington Beer Awards took place prior to the 2019 Washington Brewers Festival when a team of 78 trained beer judges evaluated 1,467 beers from 193 Washington breweries at the seventh annual Washington Beer Awards and awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals in 79 different award categories. This year saw an increase of 170 beers being entered by 12 additional breweries as the categories increased by 5 to make it 79 categories.
Each year the Washington Beer Awards provides an opportunity for all of Washington’s craft brewers to compete in a blind format. 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.
The biggest winner to come out of the 2019 Washington Beer Awards is Chuckanut Brewery. The Bellingham based brewer won Large Brewery of the Year! Led by Brewmaster, Will Kemper, Chuckanut Brewery took home 5 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal, and 3 Bronze Medals.
Other notable winners were Lowercase Brewing (Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year), Dystopian State (Small Brewery of the Year), and Headless Mumby Brewing (Very Small Brewery of the Year).
A few of our Portland area brewers from across the Columbia River took home medals on Saturday. This includes Grains of Wrath with 5 Medals, Trap Door Brewing with 4 medals, Fortside Brewing and Brothers Cascadia both with 2 medals each, and Barrel Mountain Brewing, Ghost Runners Brewery, Everybody’s Brewing, Heathen Brewing, and Backwoods Brewing all with one medal each.
Here is a list of the 2019 Washington Beer Awards winners.
German Pale Lagers: Gold: Dystopian State – Heliophant Silver: Kulshan Brewing Co. – Sunnyland – Helles Bronze: MIRAGE – Patek Water
German-Style Pilsners: Gold: Jellyfish Brewing Company – Hydra Pils Silver: Bellevue Brewing Co – Bellevue Brewing Pilsner Bronze: Grains Of Wrath Brewing – Luger Pils
Specialty & Historical Beers: Gold: Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria – King Bee Silver: Dystopian State – Gold Sigil Bronze: Chainline Brewing Company – Steinbier
Experimental Beers: Gold: 20 Corners Brewing Company – Calypso Silver: Ten Pin Brewing – Taphouse – Strata Brut Bronze: MIRAGE – Life Trap
Wood & Barrel Aged Beers: Gold: Fortside Brewing Company – Port/Bourbon Barrel Aged Kanaka Silver: Dystopian State – Barrel Aged Old Rye Old Fashioned Bronze: Iron Goat Brewing – Gin Barrel Aged Buzzsaw McThunder IPA
Wood & Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts: Gold: Wander Brewing – Earlybird Silver: Elliott Bay Brewing Co – Lake City – Bourbon Fauntleroy Imperial Stout Bronze: Rainy Daze Brewing – Resin Ball Stout
Other Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Beers: Gold: Elysian Brewing Co – Cyclops Silver: Backwoods Brewing Company – Tequila Cutt IIPA Bronze: Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co. – Aged Gentlemen
Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers: Gold: Urban Family Brewing Company – Vernal Bloom Silver: Georgetown Brewing Company – Sea Of Life Bronze: 7 Seas Brewing Co. – Sour Raspberry Blend
Pro-Am: Gold: Lowercase Brewing & Homebrewer Cory Geerdts – Dorkmunder Silver: Redhook Brewlab & Homebrewer Phil Cammarano – La Saison De Phil Bronze: Flying Lion Brewing & Homebrewer Matt Geimer – Uncle’s Rice Lager
Collaboration Beers: Gold: Redhook Brewlab & Brewhall – LabHall Silver: Lowercase Brewing & Floating Bridge Brewing – Forbidden Rice Lager Bronze: Trap Door Brewing & Dwinell Country Ales – Gift Horse
Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer: Crossbuck Brewing – Blue Crew Lavender Wit Best Washington Malt Beer (Sponsored by Skagit Valley Malting): 20 Corners Brewing Company – La Push
Very Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Crosby Hops): Headless Mumby Brewing Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Washington Hops Commission): Dystopian State Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by YCH Hops, Yakima Chief – Hopunion): Lowercase Brewing Large Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Briess Malt and Ingredients): Chuckanut Brewery
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.