(NW) 2010 North American Beer Awards Results Announced, 18 for Idaho, 22 for Washington & 29 for Oregon

image courtesy of the NABA Idaho Falls, ID – Considered by some the second largest festival, the North American Beer Awards is an awards show unlike many others. Featuring some 27 different categories there was something for everyone to judge. Additionally, with beers allowed to enter multiple categories it was easy to see how some breweries came home with multiple awards.

Below we have included the results in order, isolating only the breweries that operated in the Northwest. If you want to visit the websites of these breweries you are more than welcome to click through the links embedded within the various names.

In all Idaho received 18 medals while Washington took 22, and finally Oregon with the lion’s share received 29.

Some of the noteworthy facts

  • Washington Swept the Scotch Ale Category
  • Oregon Swept the Double / Imperial IPA
  • Pelican Pub & Brewery took home 10 9 medals
  • Previous big medal winner Barley Brown’s took home 4 medals
  • The Ram Brewery & Restaurants took home 9 medals
  • Relative newcomer Black Raven won 3 medal at this year NABA (last year they took home 1 medal). Previously they also won at the World Beer Cup 2010 (in Chicago, IL, USA)
  • Between the three major NW Cities, Portland took home 2 medals (both going to Widmer Brothers), Seattle took home 3 medals (2 for Hales and one for the Ram), and Boise received 7 (4 to Ram, 2 to Sockeye and one to Tablerock)
  • Grand Teton received 4 medals

2010 Winners Sorted by Brewery

Here are the results by category

Dunkel Weizen

  • Bronze -  Idaho Brewing Company (Idaho Falls, ID) Dunkelweizen

Weizen Beers


Munich Helles

Marzen - Oktoberfest

Dark German Lagers

  • Gold - Idaho Brewing Company (Idaho Falls, ID) Old Style Black Lager

Other Bock Beers

Helles Bock

(Special) Best Bitter

(Extra Special) Strong Bitter ESB

English Summer Ale

English Pale Ale

American Pale Ale

American Strong Pale

English-style India Pale Ale

American Style India Pale Ale

Double / Imperial India Pale Ale

American Amber Ale

American Amber Lager

Double / Imperial Irish Red Ale

English Mild Ale

American Brown Ale

Brown Porter

Robust Porter

Dry Stout

Foreign Stout

American Stout

Imperial Stout

Scotch Ale

English Old Ale

English Barley Wine

American Premium Lager

  • Silver - Full Sail Brewing (Hood River, OR) Session
    *second only to Michelob Original Lager & beating Tiger Beer

Cream Ales

Light Ales

Blonde or Golden Ale

American Hefeweizen

Fruit Beers

  • Silver - Idaho Brewing Company (Idaho Falls, ID) What a Pear

Chili Beer

All Smoke Flavored Beers

Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Belgian Dark Strong

Strong Belgian Ales

Specialty and Experimental

California Common


Congratulations to one and all.

About North American Beer Awards

The North American Brewers Association TM (NABA) is a non-profit foundation. The NABA mission is to secure beer’s role in our culture and society through the advancement of brewing quality and consumer education.

The North American Brewers Association TM was founded in late 1996. Since that date, NABA has undertaken the organizational development of corporate policies, procedures, memberships, as well as the sanctioning of beer awards, beer festivals, and a beer judging and evaluation course. NABA has over 40 members.

NABA holds an annual, prestigious brewing competition. Judges at the annual NABA sanctioned beer awards include brew masters from major national breweries as well as experts from small, independent breweries. Also judging are beer journalists and certified judges. Evaluation and judging of beers are conducted in sessions which lead to the award of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Since 1997, hundreds of competitors have participated.

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 of four, minimum, the judges rank order the top three beers and in some instances award honorable mentions.

All proceeds from the Competition are directed to charity as per the foundation’s charter. [more] –source, North American Brewers Association


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