Industry News: WA: Washington Beer Awards® announced during the Washington Brewers Festival

Press Release
Seattle, WA, June 20, 2015:  Specialty Competitions LLC is proud to release the results of the third annual Washington Beer Awards®.  Seventy Washington breweries received recognition of gold, silver, and bronze medals in 45 award category groupings.

The results for this Washington-only professional beer competition were announced on June 20th at the Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond where some of Washington’s best brewers received medals for their award winning beers.

The judging for the Washington Beer Awards was held on May 30th at Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery in Lake City.  The panels of trained judges had to evaluate 716 beers from 107 breweries spanning over 100 unique styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines for technical and stylistic excellence.

The competition was held with the endorsement of the Washington Beer Commission as a way to celebrate Washington’s growing brewing culture and recognize excellence in the craft.  All of Washington’s craft breweries were invited to submit entries to the competition held in a similar format to other craft beer competitions like the Great American Beer Festival® and World Beer Cup®. 

Three special awards, the Small, Mid-Sized and Large Breweries of the Year, were presented to breweries who won numerous medals in many categories.  Puyallup River Brewing took home the Small Brewery of the Year by placing well in three categories. Reuben’s Brews won the Mid-Size Brewery of the Year with a fist-full of medals, including three golds.  The Large Brewery of the Year was won by Fish Brewing Company with four medals including three golds. 

A few special awards were also providing recognizing some unique Washington brewing excellence.  Big Block Brewing’s “Raspberry Blonde” was selected as the Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer for showcasing locally harvested raspberries.  Airways Brewing won a special award in the “Pro-Am” category for their Berliner Weisse that was developed by a Washington homebrewer and scaled up for commercial production.

More information on the competition and the complete list of results can be found at  Watch for Washington’s award winning beers marked at your local craft beer bars and beer stores and get ready for the Washington Beer Awards to return in 2016 where new winners will be decided!