Oregon breweries won 18 medals and Washington breweries 19 during Saturday’s awards ceremony at the Great American Beer Festival, the largest and most prestigious beer competition in the United States.
Seven gold, seven silver and four bronze medals were won by Oregon breweries after the three-day festival held Oct. 6-8 in Denver. Leading the contingent were Deschutes Brewery and perennial winner Breakside Brewery, who both won three awards, including a gold medal each, and 10 Barrel Brewing, who won two medals, including a gold medal. . Other gold medal winners include Little Beast Brewing, Sunriver Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers and Great Notion Brewing.
Von Ebert Brewing took silver in the coveted German Pilsener category.
Among Washington medalists, Grains of Wrath Brewing of Camas, which has a tasting room in North Portland, was the only Clark County brewery to win a medal, winning bronze in the Light Lager category for its Wrath Premium American Lager. Burlington’s Chuckanut Brewery, which has its P. Nut Beer Hall in southeast Portland, won gold in Light Lager for its Chuckanut Chuck Light.
The coveted American Style India Pale Ale category was the most entered, with 423 entries, and Denver’s Comrade Brewing took gold with their More Dodge Less RAM. Denver’s Comrade Brewing won silver with Dankster Squad, and Riip Beer of Huntington Beach, Calif., won bronze with Hop-Fu!
The Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale category was the second largest, with 375 beers. Flatland Brewing from Elk Grove, CA took gold for Anhyzer Kush. Austin Beer Garden Brewing in Austin, Texas won gold in the German-style Pilsener category, the third-largest with 233 beers, for its beer industry.
About 40,000 people attended the 40th annual festival, which returned to Denver, its longtime home, after going virtual for the past two years due to the pandemic. The first GABF in 1982 featured 24 breweries and 47 beers, a number that has grown to this year includes 500 breweries in attendance from 46 states plus Washington, DC, with over 2,000 different beers served to attendees.
The competition part was held for the 36th year, awarding 300 medals in 98 categories covering 177 styles of beer. Around 10,000 beers were entered into the competition from more than 2,000 breweries.
Next year’s festival will take place from September 21 to 23.
- Hot Break, Little Beast Brewing, in American Sour Ale
- Rippin, Sunriver Brewing, in an American Pale Ale
- Mexican Lager, pFriem Family Brewers, in Australasian, Latin American or Tropical Light Lager
- Feniks, Great Notion Brewing, in historic beer
- Hachimitsu Mai, Deschutes Brewery – Brewery & Public House Portland, at Honey Beer
- Purple You, Breakside Brewery – NW Slabtown, in specialty beer
- Gindulgence, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Bend Pub, in the specialty Berliner-Style Weisse
- Sweet like! Pacific Ale, GoodLife Brewing, in American wheat beer
- Woodlawn Pale Ale, Breakside Brewery, in an American Style Pale Ale
- Edgefield Coolship no. 5, McMenamins Breweries, in experimental beer
- Pils, Von Ebert Brewing – Pearl District, in a German-style Pilsener
- Passionfruit Sour Ale, Breakside Brewery & Taproom – Milwaukie, in specialty Berlin-style Weisse
- Sensationator, Deschutes Brewery – Portland Brewery & Public House, in wood and barrel aged beer
- Juniper, ColdFire Brewing, in wood and barrel aged sour beer
- Otter Encounter, Deschutes Brewery – Bend Brewery & Public House, in English Ale
- Riviera, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Bend Pub, in German sour beer
- Oregon Sunrise, Alesong Brewing & Tasting Room, in mixed-culture Brett Beer
- Comes to fruition: Cherry, Oregon City Brewing, in a Berlin-style specialty Weisse
— André Meunier; subscribe to my weekly newsletter Oregon Breweries and Newsand follow me on Instagram, where I follow @oregonianbeerguy.
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