"Since introducing a beer competition in 2000, each year an esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method to award medals to the best beers from around the world, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism." -source, The Los Angeles Beer Awards

The rules are simple.

"Beers will be judged against others of similar style as defined by Brewers Association style guidelines. The judging will be held in closed sessions with BJCP certified judges present. All judging will be blind. No judge may participate on a panel where they have an entry or where there may be the appearance of a conflict of interest. All decisions of the judges are final." -source, The Los Angeles Beer Awards

Based in California, only 4 breweries from Oregon were awarded medals. The winning breweries were: Deschutes Brewery from Bend, Hop Valley Brewing Company from Springfield, Full Sail Brewing Company from Hood River, and Caldera Brewing from Ashland.

Starting with Hop Valley the brewery received 1 medal (Gold) for their Double D Blonde Ale. Submitted in the American-style Wheat Ale category, this beer won out against New English Brewing's Why Not American Wheat and Boston Beer Company's Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Next up, Deschutes Brewery, received 6 medals - including 1 Gold, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze, and 2 Honorable Mentions. Here is the breakdown of beers and their awards.

  • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA, Honorable Mention in the American-Belgo-Style Ale category - losing The Bruery Mischief, Rahr & Sons 9th Anniversary Ale, Elm City Blurred Lines Belgian IPA
  • Deschutes Pine Mountain Pilsner, Honorable Mention in the German-style Pilsner category - losting to Firestone Walker Pivo, Dust Bowl Hobo, Trumer Brauerei Pils
  • Deschutes Obsidian Stout, Bronze in the Foreign-Style Stout category -  losing to No Label Brewing Elda M. and New Helvetia Homeland Stout.
  • Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale, Silver in the English-style Summer Ale category - beating Eagle Rock Revolution but losing to Ballast Point Scripps Pale Ale. Note, there was Bronze award, due to no beers qualifying.
  • Deschutes Green Monster, Silver in the Wood-and-Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category - beating Eagle Rock Yearling but losing to Firstone Walker Feral One.
  • Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Gold in the American-style Strong Pale Ale - beating 21st Amendment Gigantes IPA and La Quinta One Eleven Pale Ale

Full Sail for its part took home 3 medals, including 2 silvers and 1 bronze. Listed below are their medals and the categories in which they placed.
  • Full Sail Amber Ale, Bronze in the American-style Amber/Red Ale category - losing to Bear Republic Red Rock Ale and CW Restaurants Fire Chief Ale.
  • Full Sail Session Premium Lager, Silver in the American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager category - losing to Stoneys Light Beer but beating Stoneys Beer and William K Busch Kraftig Lager.
  • Full Sail Session Black Lager, Silver in the American-Style Dark Lager category - beating Dale Bros. California Black Beer. Note, there was no Gold awarded as all beers submitted did not earn enough points.
“From our Session Lager to our bourbon barrel-aged beers, balance and elegance are our defining brewery characteristics. We don’t brew our beers to win medals, but we are honored when we do.  Our customers, are the ultimate judges and we strive to consistently brew complex, balanced beers with them in mind. Over the years, our passion and commitment has earned us over 300 awards and accolades including 130 gold medals and we are stoked to add this recognition from the LA Beer Competition to our list of honors,” -  Jamie Emmerson, Full Sail Executive Brewmaster.

Rounding out Oregon, Caldera Brewing recovered a Silver Medal for their Ashland Amber. Submitted in the Classic English-style Pale Ale category, the beer lost to Faultline Brewing's Pale Ale. Note, there was no Bronze or Honorable Mention, due to lack of qualify points by the remaining entries.

For a complete breakdown of all results, visit the Los Angeles Beer Competition website at http://www.fairplex.com/wos/beer_competition/AwardsCelebration/winners.asp.
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