Washington Breweries Win Big at NABA Awards
June 12, 2011 - 4:54 PM--by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog--
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.
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
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
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
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