Seattle, WA, November 4, 2022: Specialty Competitions LLC is proud to release the results of the ninth annual Washington Beer Awards®. This year 121 Washington breweries received recognition of gold, silver, and bronze medals in 77 award category groupings.
The results for this Washington-only professional beer competition were announced on November 4th at the Washington Craft Beer Summit at the Puyallup Fairgrounds where some of Washington’s best brewers received medals for their award-winning beers.
The judging for the Washington Beer Awards was held on September 10th and 11th at Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery in Lake City. The panels of trained judges had to evaluate 1,400 beers from 179 breweries spanning 142 unique styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines for technical and stylistic excellence.
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®.
Four special awards, the Very Small, Small, Mid-Sized and Large Breweries of the Year, were presented to breweries who won numerous medals in many categories. Laht Neppur Brewing Company won as the Very Small Brewery of the Year with two silver medals. Four Generals Brewing won the small brewery of the year with three gold medals and a bronze. Fair Isle Brewing again mustered a strong showing winning in the Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year category with four golds and a silver. The Large Brewery of the Year was again won by Stoup Brewing with two golds, a silver, and a bronze.
A few special awards were also providing recognizing some unique Washington brewing excellence. Everybody’s Brewing won a gold in the “Pro-Am” category for a Dortmunder Export Lager called “Natron” that was developed by Washington homebrewer Nathan Zorich and scaled up for commercial production. Scuttlebutt Brewing and Sound to Summit Brewing collaborated on a South German Hefeweizen called “Bridging The Trestle” which again won gold in this year’s “Collaboration Beer” category.
More information on the competition and the complete list of results can be found at www.wabeerawards.com/winners. Watch for Washington’s award-winning beers marked at your local craft beer bars and beer stores and get ready for the Washington Beer Awards to return in 2023 where new winners will be decided!
American -Style India Pale Lagers: Gold: Fringe Brewing – Metal Bridge Silver: Haas Innovations Brewing – Serendipity Bronze: Wheelie Pop Brewing – Global Border Patrol IPL
Other American-Style Lagers: Gold: Flyers Restaurant And Brewery – Night Flight Dark Lager Silver: Lowercase Brewing – Mexican Lager Bronze: Dystopian State – Oktobrist
Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lagers: Gold: Four Generals Brewing – Otra Chela Silver: Twin Sisters Brewing Company – Mexican Style Lager Bronze: Elliott Bay Brewing – Organic Baja Lager
International-Style Pilseners: Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. – Sunnyland – Mexican Lager Silver: Icicle Brewing Company – Icicle Premium Pilsner Bronze: San Juan Island Brewing Company – De Haro Light Lager
Strong Lagers: Gold: Lucky Envelope Brewing – Helles Squared Silver: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery – Baranof Bronze: The Good Society Brewery & Public House – Maibock
Kellerbiers or Zwickelbiers: Gold: Seapine Brewing Company – Kolsch Silver: ValHoll Brewing – Zwickel Pils Bronze: Airways Brewing – Biergarten Kellerbier
German-Style Kölsches: Gold: Four Generals Brewing – Koelsch Silver: Future Primitive – Kingdome Kolsch Bronze: Brick West Brewing Co – Riverside
Other British Stouts: Gold: Rooftop Brewing Company – TANK RIDE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT Silver: Rainy Daze Brewing – Tay More Cowbell Bronze: Optimism Brewing – …Before The Dawn
Irish Stouts: Gold: Diamond Knot Brewing Company – Tropic Island Stout Silver: Wenatchee Valley Brewing Co. – Trout Stout Bronze: Watts Brewing Company – Xylocopa
American-Style Stouts, Imperial Porters & Imperial Stouts: Gold: Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co – Gentlemens Stout Silver: Hoh River Brewing – Black Raven Porter Bronze: Salish Sea Brewing Co. – Big Chocolate Love
American-Style Pale Ales: Gold: Old Schoolhouse Brewery – Stowaway Pale Ale Silver: Flying Lion Brewing – Larry, Curly And Moesaic Pale Bronze: Flying Lion Brewing – Call It A Day Pale
Juicy or Hazy Pale Ales: Gold: Single Hill Brewing Company – Sightglass Silver: Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery – Reuben’s Crushable Bronze: Icicle Brewing Company – Alpenhaze
American-Style Strong Pale Ales: Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. – Roosevelt – Sunnyland Silver: Hellbent Brewing Company – Dang! Citra IPA Bronze: Brothers Cascadia Brewing – Bold As Love
Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ales: Gold: Georgetown Brewery – Lily Silver: Airways Brewing – Jumbo Juice Bronze: Hop Capital Brewing – Zero To Hero
American Amber Ales: Gold: Sound To Summit Brewing – Night Sky Red Ale Silver: Two Beers Brewing – Immersion Amber Bronze: Kulshan Brewing Co. – Sunnyland – Local Amber
American-Style Brown Ales: Gold: Two Beers Brewing – SODO Brown Silver: Brothers Cascadia Brewing – Clay’s Brown Ale Bronze: Haywire Brewing Co. – JERSEY
American-Style Black Ales: Gold: Flying Lion Brewing – Double Black IPA Silver: Cloudburst Brewing – Yeah But Why Tho? Bronze: Wet Coast Brewing Co. – Scofflaw CDA
American-Style India Pale Ales: Gold: Victor 23 Craft Brewery – Imitator Silver: Fremont Brewing – Lush Bronze: Gruff Brewing Co – 7
Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ales: Gold: Diamond Knot Brewing Company – Lazer Sword Hazy IPA Silver: Brick West Brewing Co – Helping Hand Bronze: Single Hill Brewing Company – Polymorph
Imperial or Double India Pale Ales: Gold: Stoup Brewing – Pistol Fingers IPA Silver: Elysian Brewing – Airport Way – Snailbones Bronze: Kulshan Brewing Co. – Sunnyland – Bull Of The Woods
Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale Ales: Gold: Wander Brewing – Googly Eyes Silver: Ladd & Lass Brewing – Holographic Memory Bronze: Trap Door Brewing – A Mega Pint?
Belgian-Style Witbiers: Gold: Reuben’s Brews – Production Brewery – Lilywhite Wit Silver: Lowercase Brewing – Witbier Bronze: The Good Society Brewery & Public House – Wit & Wisdom
Belgian & Belgian Inspired Ales: Gold: Reuben’s Brews – The Taproom – Citra Wit Silver: Figurehead Brewing Company – Patersbier Bronze: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery – Wobble Wedge
Belgian Strong & Abbey Ales: Gold: Burke-Gilman Brewing Company – Depuis Durbuy Silver: Pike Brewing Company – Monk’s Uncle Bronze: Figurehead Brewing Company – Midwatch
Belgian and French Farmhouse Ales: Gold: Fair Isle Brewing – Hanami Silver: Terramar Brewstillery – Apricity Saison Bronze: MIRAGE – Streetmap Of The Fucking Universe
Chili Pepper Beers: Gold: Big Block Brewing – Pineapple Habanero Pale Silver: Outer Planet Brewing – 7th Orbit Bronze: Stemma Brewing – Conditus Lager
Other Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Beers: Gold: Old Stove Brewing – Barrel Aged Castaway Silver: Ravenna Brewing Co – Lion Tamer Bronze: Heathen Brewing – Reindeer Tears
Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers: Gold: Elysian Brewing – Elysian Fields – Scarlet Beast Silver: Best Of Hands Barrelhouse – Borne Back Ceaselessly Bronze: Elysian Brewing – Elysian Fields – Pomace Ring
Fresh Hop Beers: Gold: Icicle Brewing Company – Enchantments Experimental Hazy IPA Silver: Old Stove Brewing – Freshy Fresh Citra Pale Bronze: Old Stove Brewing – Freshy Fresh Mosaic IPA
Pro-Am: Gold: Everybody’s Brewing & Homebrewer Nathan Zorich – Natron Beer Silver: Heathen Brewing & Homebrewer Andrew Morris – Roulette Of Brett Bronze: Ladd & Lass Brewing & Homebrewer Tony Ochsner – The Pale Project
Collaboration Beers: Gold: Scuttlebutt Brewing Co. & Sound to Summit – Bridging The Trestle Silver: Beach Cat Brewing & Anacortes Brewery – Raspberry Purrrree’ Bronze: Four Generals Brewing & Logan Brewing – Collab German Pils
Very Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Yakima Chief Hops): Laht Neppur Brewing Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Crosby Hops): Four Generals Brewing Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Skagit Valley Malting): Fair Isle Brewing Large Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Briess Malt and Ingredients): Stoup Brewing