(NW) Taste Buds Don't Lie at USBTC

Manchester, NH - Announced on October 1st (and completely under the radar) the United States Beer Tasting Championship recently completed their 15th Annual competition voting. Over 379 beers were submitted from over 137 breweries. In the end thirty considerations were given to the Northwest (including three for Kona of Hawaii courtesy of the Craft Brewer's Alliance). In the end only Pike Brewing (Seattle, WA), Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, OR), and Rogue Ales (Newport, OR) brought back Grand Champion recognition for the Northwest.

About the United States Beer Tasting Championship

“The USBTC takes a unique approach in that its competition is held in multiple stages. Sequential field trials are conducted wherein judges evaluate beers and select the best to advance to subsequent rounds. This allows beers to be judged in relatively small flights while ensuring that the best beers are still determined through head-to-head competition. All beers were tasted in blinded fashion and judged on a hedonic scale.

The USBTC recognizes that American brewers are continually establishing new beer styles and reviving interest in classic styles.  As one way to acknowledge this, the USBTC devotes “pull-out” categories in each competition to styles that are currently emerging or being faithfully carried on.  In our most recent event, “Loose Lager” was selected as the USBTC pull-out category.” –source, USBTC.com

A fully comprehensive list of the  names are posted below for your review. If you want to see the names of the other winners by region go here.


  • Honorable Mention
    Double India Pale Ale Pike Brewing Company Seattle, WA
  • Winners
    Naughty Nellie Pike Brewing Company Seattle, WA
    White Frog Belgian Wit Issaquah Brewery Issaquah, WA


  • Honorable Mention
    St. Rogue Red Rogue Brewery Newport, WA
    Tracktown 200 Meter Ale    Eugene City Brewery    Eugene, OR
  • Winners
    Imperial India Pale Ale Rogue Brewery Newport, WA
    Radiant Summer Ale Ninkasi Brewing Company Eugene, OR
    Captain Sig's Northwestern Ale Rogue Brewery Newport, WA
    LTD Series 03 Pilsner Full Sail Brewing Company Hood River, OR
    Morimoto Imperial Pilsner Rogue Brewery Newport, OR
    Total Domination IPA  Ninkasi Brewing Company Eugene, OR
    Tracktown Orange Honey Wheat Ale  Eugene City Brewery Eugene, OR


  • Honorable Mention
    Hot Foot Pale Lager Coeur d'Alene Brewing Company Coeur d'Alene, ID
  • Winners
    Double Vision Doppelbock Grand Teton Brewing Company Victor, ID
    Bitch Creek ESB Ale Grand Teton Brewing Company Victor, ID

Congratulations (be-latedly) to all of those who entered and took home accolades they can speak of till next years competition.


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