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Washington breweries win big at NABA Awards

The North American Brewers Association (NABA) held its annual festival and beer judging competition on Saturday, June 4th. Once again Washington breweries brought home plenty of hardware: a total of 29 medals found their way back to the evergreen state. Washington breweries even swept an entire category.

A Few WA Highlights

Below, we provide the complete list of Washington winners. But first, here are some highlights.

  • Silver City Brewing and Sound Brewery each won six medals.
  • Chuckanut Brewery won five medals.
  • Washington swept the Irish Red Ale category: Diamond Knot Brewing (bronze), Silver City Brewing (gold) and Sound Brewery (silver).

About the NABA Awards

One of the most prestigious beer judging events of the year, the NABA Awards competition takes place in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Festival in Idaho Falls, ID. Brewers from across the continent send beer to Idaho Falls hoping to land gold, silver, and bronze medals. Typically, NABA officials taste more than 1,000 beers judging the competition.

The North American Brewers Association (NABA) sanctions the judging at this event. Judges at the NABA awards include brew masters from major national breweries as well as experts from small, independent breweries.The judging panel also includes beer journalists and certified judges. Judging is performed in a blind format competition with beers poured in a separate room and provided to the judges in style flights. Judging in teams, the judges select and rank the top three beers in each style flight.

NABA has one simple mission: preserve and advance beer’s role in our culture and society.


Washington Winners


Black Raven Brewing Company

Silver: Kristall Weizen / Berliner Weisse – Sunthief

Gold : Specialty and Experimental Beers – Pour Les Oiseaux


Boundary Bay Brewery

Gold: English Barley Wine – Old Bounder


Chuckanut Brewery

Silver: Light Ales – Chuckanut Kolsch

Gold:  Chuckanut Kolsch

Silver: Munich Helles – Chuckanut Helles

Bronze: German Pilsner – Chuckanut Pilsner

Gold: Munich Dark – Chuckanut Dunkel


Diamond Knot Brewing

Bronze: Irish Red Ale – Slane’s Irish-Style Red Ale


Flyers Restaurant and Brewery

Bronze: (Special) Best Bitter – Spitfire Best Bitter


Ice Harbor Brewing

Gold: American Premium Lager – Lighthouse Lager

Gold: Fruit Beers – Ice Harbor Tangerine “ExBEERience’


Old Schoolhouse Brewery

Gold: Brown Porter – Uncle Big’s Brown

Gold: American Stout – Hooligan Stout


RAM Restaurant and Brewery

Bronze: American Strong Pale Ale – Big Red IPA


Scuttlebutt Brewing

Bronze: English Barley Wine – Old #1 2009

Bronze: Belgian Dark Strong Ale – Belgian Winter


Silver City Brewery

Bronze: Scotch Ale – Fat Scotch Ale

Gold: English Old Ale – Old Scrooge

Bronze: Marzen – Oktoberfest – Copper Mountain Bock

Gold: Traditional Bock / Eisbock – Winter Bock

Silver: English Pale Ale – Clear Creek Pale Ale

Gold: Irish Red Ale – Ridgetop Red


Sound Brewery

Bronze: Brown Porter – Poundage Porter

Bronze: American Dark Wheat / Dark Hefeweizen- Sound Dark Wheat

Bronze: Dunkel Weizen – Sound Dunkel Weizen

Bronze: Kristall Weizen / Berliner Weisse – Sound Kristall Weizen

Gold: Alt – Sound Altbier

Silver: Irish Red Ale – O’Regan’s Revenge

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One comment

  1. Curiously, not even a bronze for any Asheville breweries. Perhaps they all passed on this competition. Kudos, however, to the Olde Hickory Brewery in Hickory, NC, about 80 miles east of Asheville for pulling a silver in the English Old Ale category.

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