So on a scale from 1 to 10 how would rate your first weekend of June 2013? Now add sunburned arms, the worn out sandals, and the smell of alder smoke on your favorite t-shirt. Would you still say it was marginal? We thought not.
But this is nothing compared to what happened to some of your favorite Washington breweries, this past Saturday. In fact we are guessing that they weren’t wearing sandals or a smoke-soaked shirt.
Cutting to the chase, the North American Beer Awards were distributed this past Saturday June 1st, to many deserving breweries from Washington State. In fact we have it on good authority that one brewery ended up competing with itself in one category.
First a history lesson on why the North American Beer Awards matter.
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.
Assuming you read the above biography around the NABA then you understand that the Beer Awards aren’t just another medal ceremony. Which is why we are happy to congratulates breweries like Chuckanut, Black Raven, Flyer’s, Sound, and Icicle. Mind you that isn’t the definitive list of winners. Which is why we are inviting you to look over our ‘copy-paste’ editorial below.
A word of caution regarding the list of winners. It’s possible that your brewery might not have submitted a beer to the event. After all not everyone owns a billion dollar brewery or lives near Post Falls, ID. So if you don’t see it listed below, then you can thank your local brewery for not sacrificing your pint for more accolades.
- Chuckanut Helles
beating Bayern Helles LAger (Missoula, MT) and Capital Lake House (Middleton, WI)
- Chuckanut Vienna Lager
losing to Black Tooth Little Goose Lager (Sheridan, WY) and beating Tommyknocker Vienna-style Amber Lager (Idaho Springs, CO)
- Chuckanut Dunkel (Bellingham, WA)
losing to Howe Sound Loose Cannon and beating Captial Dark (Middleton, WI)
Golden or Blonde Ale
- Chuckanut Golden Ale (Bellingham, WA)
beating Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale (Pacific City, OR) and Montana MBC Golden Ale (Billings, MT)
- Chuckanut Altbier (Bellingham, WA)
beating Berbrew Alt 0220 (Billings, MT) and "C.B. and Potts" HighwaterAlt (Higlands Ranch, CO)
English-style Mild Ale
- Flyer's Barnstormer Brown Ale (Oak Harbor, WA)
losing to Berryesa Whippersnapper (Winters, CA) and beating Epic Mild Mountain Mild Ale (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Ram Total Disorder Porter (Seattle, WA)
losing to Sockeye Powerhouse Porter (Boise, ID) and Deschutes Black Butte Porter (Bend, OR)
Robust Porter or Baltic-style Porter
- Icicle Priebe Porter (Leavenworth, WA)
losing to Arch Rock State of Jefferson Porter (Gold Beach, OR) and Red Lodge Porter (Red Lodge, MT)
- Reuben's Dry Stout (Seattle, WA)
losing to Black Tooth Malley's Irish Stout (Sheridan, WY) and beating Moab Black Raven Stout (Moab, UT)
- Ice Harbor Sternwheeler Stout (Kennewick, WA)
beating Pelican Tsunami Stout (Pacific City, OR) and Marin San Quentin's Breakout Stout (Larkspur, CA)
- Silver City Imperial Stout (Bremerton, WA)
losing to Samuel Adams Imperial Stout (Boston, MA) and beating Stone 2013 Imperial Russian Stout (Escondido, CA)
Scotch Ale (Wee Heavy)
- Silver City Fat Scotch Ale (Bremerton, WA)
losing to Ram sWEEp Heavy (Boise, ID) and beating Moab Desert Select Scotch (Moab, UT)
- Ram Barefoot Wit (Tacoma, WA)
losing to Utah Wassatch White Label (Salt Lake City, UT) and Millstream John's Generations White Ale (Amana, IA)
Kristall Weizen or Berliner-style Weisse
- Sound Sommerweizen (Poulsbo, WA)
losing to 10 Barrel German Sparkle Party (Bend, OR) and Tablerock Krystallweizen (Boise, ID)
- Silver City Beautimus (Bremerton, WA)
beating Red Lodge Ales Summer Daze (Red Lodge, MT) and Lander Claim Jumper (Lander, WY)
Belgian-style Pale Ale
- Reuben's Belgian Pale Ale (Seattle, WA)
losing to Selkirk Abbey Deacon (Post Falls, ID and Fate Belgian Pale Ale (Boulder, CO)
- Ram Lady Wood (Seattle, WA) losing to
Worthy Farm Out Saison (Bend, OR) and beating Carter's Saison de Carter (Billings, MT)
Biere de Garde
- Icicle Lifeguard (Leavenworth, WA)
beating Carter's Biere de Mars (Billings, MT) and Bastone Biere de Garde (Royal Oak, MI)
- Boundary Bay Tripel (Bellingham, WA)
losing to Samuel Adams New World Tripel (Boston, MA) and beating Redrock Reve (Salt Lake City, UT)
Belgian-style Pale (Golden) Strong Ale
- Valholl Poulsbo Abbey Golden Strong Ale (Poulsbo, WA)
losing to Bastone Pin-up Blonde (Royal Oak, MI) and Utah Squaters Hell's Keep (Salt Lake City, UT)
Other Belgian-style Ales
- Sound Monk's Indiscretion (Pouslbo, WA)
losing to Selkirk Saint Augustine (Post Falls, ID) and Big Sky All Soul's Imperial Saison (Missoula, MT)
American-style Wild or Sour Ale
- Black Raven Tri Berry Pie (Redmond, WA)
beating Blackfoot Montambic (Helena, MT) and their own submission Black Raven Corvus Kriekus (Redmond, WA)
Congratulations to all who submitted their beer to be judged by fans and friends alike.