Oregon Breweries Win 22 Medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival

pFriem Family Brewers take home the Mid Size Brewing Company of the Year Award at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
pFriem Family Brewers take home the Mid Size Brewing Company of the Year Award at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

The 2018 Great American Beer Festival, now in it’s 37th year, wrapped up on Saturday in Denver, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest brought home 40 medals from the festival’s competition. The state of Oregon led the way with 22 medals plus pFriem Family Brewers taking Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year while breweries from the state of Washington were awarded 17 medals.

For the 32nd year of GABF Competition, the Brewers Association awarded 306 medals in an astonishing 102 different categories of beer to 280 different breweries. These 306 medals were all whittled down from the 8,496 entries from 2,404 various breweries from 49 states and the Washington D.C. The only state that did not have a brewery enter beer into the competition was Mississippi.

pFriem Family Brewers with their Mid Size Brewery of the Year Award and two GABF Medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
pFriem Family Brewers with their Mid Size Brewery of the Year Award and two GABF Medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Prior to awards ceremony on Saturday morning at the Bellco Theater inside the Colorado Convention Center, 293 judges from 13 countries evaluated these 8,496 entries earlier in the week. The category with the highest number of entries was the newly established Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale that saw a record 391 entries and the three winning breweries all hail from the Midwest. There were 537 first-time GABF entrants and 31 first-time GABF winners in 2018.

Tonya Cornett of 10 Barrel Brewing and Tyler Brown of Barley Brown's after the GABF Award Cermony at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Tonya Cornett of 10 Barrel Brewing and Tyler Brown of Barley Brown’s after the GABF Award Ceremony at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. 10 Barrel took home 3 medals from the competition.

Breweries from the state of Oregon were awarded 5 Gold Medals, 10 Silver Medals and 7 Bronze Medals while breweries in the state of Washington were awarded 5 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals and 7 Bronze Medals.

pFriem Family Brewers was the big winner from Oregon in 2018. Prior to 2018, pFriem had only won one medal at GABF for its Pilsner with a Silver Medal in 2015. This year pFrieim was awarded a Gold Medal for Druif in the Mixed-Culture Brett Beer category and a Silver Medal for Pilsner in the German-Styel Pilsener category. These two-awarded beers proved large enough to take home the Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year award in 2015.

Alesong Brewing & Blending win three medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Pictured are Brian Coombs and Matt Van Wyk.
Alesong Brewing & Blending win three medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Pictured are Brian Coombs and Matt Van Wyk.
Grains of Wrath Brewing after winning their GABF Medal for Vienna Lager at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Grains of Wrath Brewing after winning their GABF Medal for Vienna Lager at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Badger and Bolt Minister from 54°40’ Brewing win a Silver Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Badger and Bolt Minister from 54°40’ Brewing win a Silver Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

When it came to the brewery with the most medals awarded at the 2018 GABF, two of the three are from Oregon. 10 Barrel Brewing were awarded two gold medals and one silver medal. Alesong Brewing & Blending were also awarded three medals with two silver and one bronze. Also of note is that Alesong Brewing & Blending have won a medal at each GABF since it opened in 2016. The third brewery to earn three medals is Lewis & Clark Brewing from Helena, Montana.

Other Oregon based breweries that were awarded medals at the 2018 GABF include Ground Breaker Brewing that has won a medal in the Gluten Free Category seven years running. GoodLife Brewing has won Gold Medals for its Sweet As Pale Ale for the past two consecutive years.

The Craft Brew Alliance team on stage at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
The Craft Brew Alliance team on stage at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival for its third medal of the day.

Portland based Craft Brew Alliance won three medals, one each from its Widmer Brothers Brewing and Omission brands along with its stragtegic brewing partner Appalachian Mountain Brewery – Portsmouth. Widmer’s Hefeweizen has won 9 GABF Medals since 1998.

Below is a list of 2018 Great American Beer Festival winners from Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

OREGON WINNERS:
Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer – 54 Entries
Gold: Sweet As Pacific Ale, GoodLife Brewing Co., Bend, OR

GoodLife Brewing wins a Gold Medal for its Sweet As Pale Ale for the second consecutive year at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
GoodLife Brewing wins a Gold Medal for its Sweet As Pale Ale for the second consecutive year at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast – 37 Entries
Silver: Fuzztail, Sunriver Brewing, Sunriver, OR
Bronze: Hefeweizen, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Portland, OR

Sunriver Brewing accept their first medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Sunriver Brewing accept their first medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer – 103 Entries
Gold: Passionate Envy, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category 13: Specialty Beer – 55 Entries
Silver: Double Stack, Great Notion Brewing, Portland, OR

Great Notion on stage for its medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Great Notion on stage for its medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 16: Session Beer – 50 Entries
Bronze: Stonefly Session Ale, Three Creeks Production, Sisters, OR

Category 19: Experimental Beer – 112 Entries
Silver: Terroir Pinot Noir, Alesong Brewing & Blending, Eugene, OR

Alesong Brewing & Blending on stage accepting its first GABF Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Alesong Brewing & Blending on stage accepting its first GABF Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 21: Gluten-Free Beer – 38 Entries
Bronze: Dark Ale, Ground Breaker Brewing, Portland, OR

Ground Breaker Brewing continues its streak of medaling in the Gluten Free Category for seven consecutive years at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Ground Breaker Brewing continues its streak of winning medals in the Gluten Free Category for seven consecutive years at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 25: Brett Beer – 61 Entries
Silver: Terroir Pinot Gris, Alesong Brewing & Blending, Eugene, OR
Bronze: Touch of Brett Mandarina, Alesong Brewing & Blending, Eugene, OR

Category 26: Mixed-Culture Brett Beer – 77 Entries
Gold: Druif, pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR
Bronze: Coming to Fruition: Cherry, Oregon City Brewing Co., Oregon City, OR

Category 41: German-Style Pilsener – 159 Entries
Silver: Pilsner, pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, OR

Category 44: Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest – 67 Entries
Silver: Freiheit Oktoberfest Wiesn, Wayfinder Beer, Portland, OR

Wayfinder Beer wins its first GABF Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Wayfinder Beer wins its first GABF Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 55: Classic English-Style Pale Ale – 33 Entries
Gold: Pale Ale, Omission Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Silver: MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale, Portland Brewing – Portland, OR

Category 56: English-Style India Pale Ale – 50 Entries
Silver: Silverspot IPA, Pelican Brewing Co., Pacific City, OR

Pelican Brewing on stage accepting its medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Pelican Brewing on stage accepting its medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 57: Australian-Style Pale Ale – 46 Entries (New Category in 2018)
Silver: Strata IPA, Worthy Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Worthy Brewing wins a medal for its Strata IPA at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Worthy Brewing wins a medal for its Strata IPA at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 68: Imperial Red Ale – 45 Entries
Bronze: Cinder Beast, Sunriver Brewing, Sunriver, OR

Category 77: Berliner-Style Weisse – 115 Entries
Gold: Baywindow, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Category 93: Robust Porter – 91 Entries
Gold: Lomporter, Lompoc Brewing – The 5th Quadrant, Portland, OR

Category 96: American-Style Stout – 43 Entries
Silver: P2P, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR

Tonya Cornett and Ian Larkin of 10 Barrel Brewing on stage for their 3rd GABF Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Tonya Cornett and Ian Larkin of 10 Barrel Brewing on stage for their 3rd GABF Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

WASHINGTON WINNERS:
Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer – 54 Entries
Bronze: Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA

Cloudburst Brewing accepting its medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Cloudburst Brewing accepting its medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Steve Luke from Cloudburst made a statement when the first category winners of the awards were announced with his shirt.

Category 5: Belgian-Style Fruit Beer – 65 Entries
Gold: Foxy Lady, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA

Category 12: Coffee Stout or Porter – 113 Entries
Bronze: Udder Chaos, RAM Restaurant & Brewery – Seattle, Seattle, WA

Category 27: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer – 77 Entries
Bronze: beWILDering C, Ten Pin Brewing Co., Moses Lake, WA

Category 30: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 76 Entries
Bronze: Oak-Aged Sour, Propolis Brewing, Port Townsend, WA

Category 34: Smoke Beer – 50 Entries
Gold: St. Chuck’s Smoke, Rogue Ales Issaquah Brewhouse, Issaquah, WA

Category 43: Munich-Style Helles – 99 Entries
Silver: Chuckanut Helles, Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA

Chuckanut Brewery on stage for its first medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Chuckanut Brewery on stage for its first medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 45: Vienna-Style Lager – 92 Entries
Bronze: Vienna Lager, Grains of Wrath Brewing, Camas, WA

In its first year of operation Grains of Wrath medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
In its first year of operation Grains of Wrath medals at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 46: German-Style Maerzen – 129 Entries
Silver: Oktoberfest, RAM Restaurant and Brewery – Lakewood, Lakewood, WA

Category 47: Munich-Style Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager – 52 Entries
Gold: Chuckanut Dunkel, Chuckanut – South Nut, Burlington,

Category 53: German-Style Koelsch – 149 Entries
Silver: Kascadia, 54°40’ Brewing Co., Washougal, WA

54°40’ Brewing win a Silver Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
54°40’ Brewing win a Silver Medal at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Category 61: American-Style Strong Pale Ale – 129 Entries
Silver: Easy Runaway, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, WA

Category 71: Extra Special Bitter – 72 Entries
Bronze: Bull Kelp ESB, San Juan Island Brewing Co., Friday Harbor, WA

Category 90: Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale – 65 Entries
Gold: Midwatch, Figurehead Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Category 96: American-Style Stout – 43 Entries
Gold: Hooligan Stout, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, WA

Category 99: Imperial Stout – 86 Entries
Bronze: Shimmergloom, Loowit Brewing Co., Vancouver, WA

Category 101: Old Ale or Strong Ale – 37 Entries
Silver: Old Scrooge, Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, WA

IDAHO WINNER:
Category 96: American-Style Stout – 43 Entries
Bronze: Black Cliffs, Boise Brewing, Boise, ID

Boise Brewing is the sole winning brewery from Idaho at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
Boise Brewing is the sole winning brewery from Idaho at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

Beyond the Pacific Northwest here is the list of the Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards that includes the previously mentioned winner of Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year that went to pFriem Family Brewers.

PACKAGING BREWERIES
Very Small Brewing Company of the Year
1,000 barrels produced in 2017
Brink Brewing Co. – Cincinnati, OH; Brewmaster: Kelly Montgomery

Small Brewing Company of the Year
1,000 – 14,999 barrels produced in 2017
Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. – Helena, MT; Brewmaster: Lewis & Clark Brewing and Packaging Crew

Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year
15,000 – 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2017
pFriem Family Brewers – Hood River, OR; Brewmaster: pFriem Family Brewers

BREWPUBS
Small Brewpub of the Year
<750 barrels produced in 2017
Ocean Beach Brewery – San Diego, CA; Brewmaster: Jim Millea & Scott Watkins

Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year
750 – 1,500 barrels produced in 2017
Root Down Brewing Co. – Phoenixville, PA; Brewmaster: Root Down Brew Team

Large Brewpub of the Year
Over 1,500 barrels produced in 2017
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. – Austin, TX; Brewmaster: Amos Swifty Kim

LARGE BREWERIES OR MULTIPLE LOCATION BREWERIES
Brewery Group of the Year
Over 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2017 or multi-location breweries wishing to compete as a group
FiftyFifty Brewing Co. – Truckee, CA; Brewmaster: FiftyFifty BrewCrew

FiftyFifty Brewing on stage accepting its Brewery Group of the Year Award at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.
FiftyFifty Brewing on stage accepting its Brewery Group of the Year Award at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival.

View the 2018 winners or download a PDF list of the winners.

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