Washington Wins Big at North American Beer Awards

Washington’s breweries won some impressive hardware at the NABA this year. In all, they brought 23 medals back from the competition (listed below). Washington’s medal haul was down a bit from last year, when our brewers brought home 27 medals, but it is still a damn impressive showing.

This was the 17th year that the North American Brewers Association sanctioned the North American Beer Awards (NABA). The event takes place in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Festival held each spring in Idaho Falls, ID. The competition provides an opportunity for commercially produced beers to be judged against the best beers in the country. Judging panels are made up of brewers, certified judges, and other qualified beer professionals. The competition is conducted as a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the entries within a category. This year the judges evaluated more than 1,400 beers submitted in 82 different categories.

Here are some Washington highlights:

Chuckanut Brewery brought home five medals. At this point, nobody should be surprised. They attract medals like, well, a magnet.


Reuben’s Brews brought home two medals. Not bad for a brewery that is less than one year old. Congrats to Adam Robbings and his crew at Reuben’s. Get used to it. Your beers are awesome.

Black Raven brought home two medals in one category: American-Style Wild or Sour Ale. Show offs. Personally, I am especially happy to hear that the Tri Berry Pie brought home a gold medal. When I tasted that beer, I almost fainted it was so good.

In all, 12 different breweries brought home medals: Boundary Bay Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery, Flyers Brewery, Ice Harbor Brewing, Icicle Brewing, RAM Tacoma, RAM Seattle,  Reuben’s Brews, Silver City, Sound Brewery, and Valholl Brewing.

The complete results can be found here (pdf). Here are the Washington winners listed by category.

Helles Lager

Gold Medal: Chuckanut Helles, Chuckanut Brewery

Vienna Lager

Silver Medal: Medal: Chuckanut Vienna Lager, Chuckanut Brewery

Munich-Style Dark

Silver Medal: Chuckanut Dunkel, Chuckanut Brewery

Golden or Blonde Ale

Gold Medal:Chuckanut Golden Ale Chuckanut Brewery


Gold Medal: Chuckanut Alt, Chuckanut Brewery

English-Style Mild Ale

Silver Medal: Barnstormer Brown Ale, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery

Brown Porter

Bronze Medal: Total Disorder Porter, RAM Restaurant and Brewery-Seattle

Robust Porter or Baltic-Style Porter

Bronze Medal: Priebe Porter, Icicle Brewing Company Leavenworth, WA,

Dry Stout

Silver Medal: Dry Stout Reuben’s Brews

Foreign-Style Stout

Gold Medal: Ice Harbor Sternwheeler Stout, Ice Harbor Brewing

Imperial Stout

Silver Medal: Imperial Stout, Silver City Brewery

Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)

Silver Medal: Fat Scotch Ale, Silver City Brewery

Belgian-Style Wit (White)

Bronze Medal: Barefoot Wit RAM Restaurant and Brewery-Tacoma

Kristall Weizen or Berliner-Style Weisse

Bronze Medal: Sommerweizen Sound Brewery

Weizen Bock

Gold Medal: Beautimus Silver City Brewery

Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Bronze Medal: Belgian Pale Ale, Reuben’s Brews


Silver Medal: Lady Wood RAM Restaurant and Brewery-Seattle

Biere de Garde

Gold Medal: Lifeguard, Icicle Brewing Company


Silver Medal: Tripel Boundary Bay Brewery

Belgian-Style Pale(Golden) Strong Ale

Bronze Medal: Poulsbo Abbey Golden Strong Ale, Valholl Brewing Company

Other Belgian-Style Ales

Bronze Medal: Monk’s Indiscretion Sound Brewery

American-Style Wild or Sour Ale

Gold Medal: Tri Berry Pie, Black Raven Brewing Company

Bronze Medal: Corvus Kriekus, Black Raven Brewing Company