WA Beer Awards, Winners To Be Announced at WA Brewers Festival
June 11, 2014 - 9:55 AM- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
So, which Washington-brewed IPA reigns supreme? What is the best Washington porter? Is your favorite really “the best?” Because people simply must know the answer to these kinds of questions, we have an “official” competition in Washington.
The Washington Brewers Festival takes place at Marymoor Park in Redmond in just a couple weeks (Friday June 13 through Sunday June 15). For the second year, Saturday at the festival features the announcement of the winners of the Washington Beer Awards. The competition awards medals in 33 different beer categories. In all, more than 70 Washington breweries submitted 460 different beers. Recognize that there are nearly 250 breweries in Washington, many of which opted not to submit beer.
Competition organizers announce the medal winners on Saturday afternoon at the Washington Brewers Festival. Along with medals awarded for various styles, the competition also recognizes a Best Small Brewery and Best Large Brewery of the year. Finally, the Washington Agricultural Commission recognizes the Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer.
See our story about last year’s big winners.
Below, a press release from the competition organizers.
State Brewers Compete in Second Washington Beer Awards®
Washington’s state-wide professional beer competition
Seattle, WA, May 28, 2014: On May 10th Specialty Competitions LLC held the state’s second Washington Beer Awards, a professional beer competition open to all of Washington’s breweries. This competition drew 460 entries from more than 70 breweries spread all over the state. The competition was held at Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery with around 40 trained beer judges evaluating beers spanning nearly 100 styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines.
The competition was held with the endorsement of the Washington Beer Commission as a way to celebrate Washington’s growing brewing culture and recognize excellence in the craft. All of Washington’s craft breweries were invited to submit entries to the competition held in a similar format to other craft beer competitions like the Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup®.
The results of the competition will be announced at the Washington Brewers Festival on Saturday, June 14th at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Medals will be awarded in 33 categories along with special recognition for small and large breweries of the year. The Washington Agricultural Commission will also recognize the Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer at the awards announcements. Beer lovers are encouraged to attend the festival to celebrate the best of Washington’s fine craft breweries.
More information on the competition can be found at wabeerawards.com. Results from the competition will be posted on the website shortly after the festival announcement. Watch for Washington’s award winning beers marked at the festival as well as at your local craft beer bars and beer stores.