There are over 300 licensed breweries now operating in the State of Washington. Each summer, the Washington Brewers Guild assembles those breweries for a festival and awards event at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA for the Washington Beer Awards.
Three beers are awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze medals in each of over 40 different style categories. On Saturday, June 18th the 2016 winners were announced.
This year, Vancouver, WA had it's largest ever representation at the event. The burgeoning beer scene in Southwest Washington showcased the region's quality by bringing home a total of 10 medals from four different breweries.
Vancouver's winning breweries and beers:
Fortside snatched up two medals. The nearly one-year-old brewery brought home GOLD for Cocoa-Fied Imperial Stout and SILVER for Barrel-Fied Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. These are the first medals for Fortside Brewing - a new brewery that is already accomplishing the mission it set out on - "to make Southwest Washington #BEERSTRONG".
If you've visited Ghost Runners Brewery, you know what they're all about - medals. You'll find medals hanging from the walls and even served up with your pint. But the medals you'll find strewn about their tables are for participation in their other passion - distance running. This medal isn't likely to be available for you to fondle while you sip a 5K IPA or Hellacious Repeats IIPA. Ghost Runners brought home SILVER for their Phantom Rojo in the Imperial Red Ale category.
The tribe at Heathen took in the most medals among Vancouver breweries. You can find these award-winners on tap at their Feral Public House in downtown Vancouver - a pub that celebrated it's one year anniversary on July 15th. Heathen was awarded GOLD for Absolution Kolsch, GOLD for Vantucky Pale, SILVER for Highland Charge Wee Heavy and SILVER for Mighty Craic Irish Red. Heathen also snatched up some North American Beer Awards medals in Boise last month.
Just as these guys were coming down off the high of their World Beer Cup medal in April, they've collected 3 more accolades at the Washington Beer Awards. Of course, Grimlock Rye Porter - the World Beer Cup Silver Award Winner - took GOLD in the Rye Beer category. Loowit grabbed a second GOLD for Two-Sixteen Red Ale along with SILVER for Flawless Victory IPA.
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N.W. Beer Guide