Oregon Winners at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

Barley Brown's and Baker City Brewing Company staff under owner Tyler Brown and Brewmaster Eli Dickison accept their award for Very Small Brewery of the Year at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival

2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF)2013 proved to be an exceptionally winning year for Oregon breweries and brewers at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). This year the Beaver state takes home 25 awards for specific beers including an impressive 10 gold medals, 7 silvers, and 8 bronzes.  Further, two breweries and brewers received prestigious awards as best overall in their size rankings. Pelican Pub & Brewery of Pacific City, Oregon, under brewmaster Darron Welch received honors of Large Brewpub and Brewer of the Year. Welch’s brewery won 4 medals at the competition this year. In a newly added category, Very Small Brewery and Brewer of the Year, Baker City Brewing Company, the production brewery for Barley Brown’s Brewpub in Baker City, Oregon took home the honors under brewmasters Eli Dickison and Marks Lanham. Between the two breweries, they won 5 medals.  Here’s a look at all of the winners from Oregon at this year’s GABF:

Medal Beer Name Brewery   Category
Gold Shredders Wheat Baker City Brewing Co.   American-Style Wheat Beer
Gold Cent’s and Censability Old Town Brewing Co.   Fresh Hop Ale
Gold Harvester Brewing IPA No. 1 Harvester Brewing   Gluten-Free Beer
Gold Ching Ching Bend Brewing Co.   American-Style Sour Ale
Gold Hellshire III Oakshire Brewing   Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
Gold Lovely Bend Brewing Co.   Aged Beer
Gold Bohemian Pilsner Ninkasi Brewing Co.   Bohemian-Style Pilsener
Gold Hand Truck Baker City Brewing Co.   International-Style Pale Ale
Gold Pallet Jack IPA Barley Brown’s Brew Pub   American-Style India Pale Ale
Gold German Sparkle Party Berliner Weiss 10 Barrel Brewing Co.   German-Style Sour Ale
Silver Sage Fight Imperial IPA Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House   Indigenous Beer
Silver Gluten Free Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House   Gluten-Free Beer
Silver Myrtle The Commons Brewery   American-Style Sour Ale
Silver Tailgater Kölsch Flat Tail Brewing Co.   German-Style Kölsch
Silver Silverspot IPA Pelican Brewing Co.   English-Style India Pale Ale
Silver Urban Farmhouse Ale The Commons Brewery   French & Belgian-Style Saison
Silver Don Vanuchi “The Killer” Baker City Brewing Co.   Foreign-Style Stout
Bronze Fresh Hop Pallet Jack Barley Brown’s Brew Pub   Fresh Hop Ale
Bronze Little Green Flat Tail Brewing Co.   American-Belgo-Style Ale
Bronze Black Diamond Bend Brewing Co.   American-Style Dark Lager
Bronze Kiwanda Cream Ale Pelican Brewing Co.   Golden or Blonde Ale
Bronze Breakside ESB Breakside Brewery – Pub Brewery   Classic English-Style Pale Ale
Bronze Doryman’s Dark Ale Pelican Brewing Co.   American-Style Brown Ale
Bronze Passionfruit Sour Breakside Brewery – Milwaukie Brewery   German-Style Sour Ale
Bronze Tsunami Stout Pelican Brewing Co.   Foreign-Style Stout


A few other notes about this year’s winners from Oregon:

  • Young breweries Breakside, The Commons, and Flat Tail take home multiple medals for the first time.
  • Other multiple medal winners from Oregon include: Pelican, Barley Brown’s (Baker City Brewing), Deschutes, and Bend Brewing.
  • Multiple Oregon breweries win multiple medals in five categories this year including those for Fresh Hop Ale, German-Style Sour Ale, American-Style Sour Ale, Gluten-Free Beer, and Foreign-Style Stout.
  • First time GABF medal winning breweries from Oregon include Flat Tail Brewing of Corvallis under brewmaster Dave Marliave, and Old Town Brewing under brewmaster Bolt Minister.
  • Bend Brewing Co. of Bend, Oregon won an impressive three medals under brewmaster Ian Larkin.
  • Barley Brown’s Brewpub’s gold medal for their Palate Jack IPA was in the most entered category (252 entrees) at GABF which took two days to judge.

For a look at the complete list of winners at the 2013 GABF click here.