North American Beer Awards: OR: Bend, Baker City, Eugene, Portland, and more; come home with awards

While most of you were getting sunburns from the complete lack of rain in the region, Post Falls (Idaho) dished out awards to deserving breweries from the "Beaver State". In categories ranging from German-style Pilsners, Brown Porters or American-style India Pale to Flanders Style Red or Brown Ales, it's easy to see why Oregon has on draft throughout the state.

About the North American Brewers Association promoters of the 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.

Obviously the next question is what brewery or beer is considered an award winner.

Please understand that even though your brewery isn't listed, it doesn't mean that their beer was represented at the judge's table. Life happens and if you had t choose between seeing a pint of Pelican India Pelican Ale in your hand or someone else's it would probably be yours.

Without delay here is your breakdown of Oregon breweries (in order) based on whether they came out on top, in second, or third place.

German-style Pilsner

  • Bend, OR       Bend Ludwig Pilsner
    beating out Blacktooth Sheridan Lager (Sheridan, WY) and Captial Pilsner (Middleton, WI)

Helles Bock or Maibock

  • Bend, OR       Worthy Helles Bock
    beating Brew Brothers Old Eldorado (Reno, NV) and Bozeman Bozone Maibock (Bozeman, MT)

Golden or Blonde Ale

  • Pacific City, OR       Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale
    losing to Chuckanut Golden Ale (Bellingham, WA) and beating Montana MBC Golden Ale (Billings, MT)


  • Portland, OR       Widmer Brothers Green and Gold
    losing to Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler and beating Worth Brewing Easy Day Kolsch (Bend, OR)

Wheat Ale or Dark Wheat Ale

  • Baker City, OR       Barley Brown's Shredder's Wheat
    beating Samuel Adams Summer Ale (Boston, MA) and 10 Barrel Amber Waves (Boise, ID)


  • Portland, OR       Widmer Hefeweizen
    loses to Berbrew White Noise (Billings, MT) and Philipsburg Haybag Hefeweizen (Philipsburg, MT)

American-style Pale Ale

  • Bend, OR       Silver Moon GetSum Summer Pale Ale
    lose to Salmon River P.F.D. and beats Brickstone APA (Boubonnais, IL)

English-style Pale Ale

  • Bend, OR       Deschutes River Ale
    beats Odell's 5 Barrel (Fort Collins, CO) and Carter's Eldorado ESB (Billings, MT)

American-style India Pale Ale

  • Baker City, OR       Barley Brown's WFO IPA
    losing to Tablerock Hophead IPA (Boise, ID) and Madison River Dropper IPA

Ordinary Bitter

  • Portland, OR       Widmer Brothers Drop Top
    beating Urban Chestnut Half Crown (St. Louis, MO) and Goose Island Honker's Ale (Chicago, IL)

Scottish-style Light or Scottish-style Heavy

  • Pacific City, OR       Pelican MacPelican Scottish Style Ale
    beating Ram Buckfast Commando (Indianapolis, IN) and BJ's Session Scotch (Boulder, CO)

American-style Amber Ale

  • Bend, OR       10 Barrel gigantor
    beating Redrock Amber Ale (Salt Lake City, UT) and Il Vicino Dougie Style Amber

Double or Imperial Red Ale

  • Klamath Falls, OR       Klamath Basin Crystal Springs IPA
    beating BJ's Brewmaster's Reserve Imperial Red Ale (Chandler, AZ) and Tablerock Imperial Red (Boise, ID)

American-style Brown Ale

  • Bend, OR       Goodlife 29'er Brown Ale
    losing to Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale (Missoula, MT) and beating Redrock Nut Brown Ale (Salt Lake City, UT)

Brown Porter

  • Bend, OR       Deschutes Black Butte Porter
    losing to Sockeye Powerhouse Porter (Boise, ID) and beating Ram Total Disorder Porter (Seattle, WA)

Robust Porter or Baltic-style Porter

  • Gold Beach, OR       Arch Rock State of Jefferson Porter
    beating Red Lodge Porter (Red Lodge, MT) and Icicle Priebe Porter (Leavenworth, WA)

Foreign-style Stout

  • Pacific City, OR       Pelican Tsunami Stout
    losing to Ice Harbor Sternwheeler Stout (Kennewick, WA)and beating Marin San Quentin's Breakout Stout (Larkspur, CA)

American-style Stout

  • Bend, OR       10 Barrel Power to the People
    beating Ram Mellow Out Stout (Boise, ID) and Deschutes Obsidian Stout (Bend, OR)

English-style Old Ale

  • Baker City, OR       Barley Brown's Sledwreck Vintage
    beating Discretion Good Faith (Santa Cruz, CA) and Bend Outback X (Bend, OR)

English-style Barleywine

  • Pacific City, OR       Pelican Stormwatcher's Winterfest
    losing to Marin Old Dipsea Barleywine (Larkspur, CA) and beating Howe Wolly Bugger (British Columbia, Canada)

Kristall Weizen or Berliner-style Weisse

  • Bend, OR       10 Barrel German Sparkle Party
    beating Tablerock Krystallweizen (Boise, ID) and Sound Sommerweizen (Poulsbo, WA)


Bend, OR       Worthy Farm Out Saison
beating Ram Lady Wood (Seattle, WA) and Carter's Saison de Carter (Billings, MT)

Belgian-style Dark Strong Dark Ale

  • Bend, OR       Bend Wicked Medicine
    beating Samuel Adams Tetravis (Boston, MA) and Caldera Vas Deference (Ashland, OR)

Flanders-style Red or Brown Ale or Lambic

  • Bend, OR       Deschutes The Dissident
    beating Samuel Adams Stonybrook Red (Boston, MA) and BJ's Oud Jeremiah (Brea, CA)

Hybrid Style Beers

  • Portland, OR       Widmer Brothers Hopside Down IPL
    losing to Berbrew Wampa (Billings, MT) and beating DAM Hoporter Dillon (Dillon, CO)

German-Style Rauchbier

  • Bend, OR       10 Barrel Smoke Screen
    losing to Redrock Bamberg Rauch Bier (Salt Lake City, UT) and Carter's Smokehouse Lager (Billings, MT)

Smoke-Flavored Beer

  • Baker City, OR       Barley Brown's Two Smoke
    losing to Bastone Dark Side of the Moon (Royal Oak, MI) and beating Samuel Adams Cinder Bock (Boston, MA)

Barrel-Aged Beer

  • Eugene, OR       Oakshire Hellshire III
    beating Kettlehouse Gin Eddy (Missoula, MT) and Idaho Highland's Oaked Scotch (Idaho Falls, ID)

Fruit Beers

  • Bend, OR       Bend Ching Chong
    beating Pagosa Peachy Peach (Pagosa Springs, CO) and Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale (Ponderay, ID)

Pumpkin, Vegetable or Field Beers

  • Bend, OR       10 Barrel Cucumber Crush
    losing to Samuel Adams Fat Jack (Boston, MA) and beating Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale (Boston, MA)


  • Klamath Falls, OR       Klamath Basin Vanilla Porter
    losing to Montana Red Sorrel Holiday Ale (Billings, MT) and beating McCall Lemon Ginger Hefeweizen (McCall, ID)

Chili Beer

  • Baker City, OR       Barley Brown's Hot Blonde
    losing to Wasatch Jalapeno Cream Ale (Park City, UT) and Altitude Chophouse Name TBD May 4th (Formerly know as...) (Laramie, WY)

Congratulations to all of this year's winners at this year's festival and award ceremony.


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