Sunday, October 9th, 2016

GABF 2016: Washington state award winners

Ron Swarner

Dave Pendleton, head brewer, and Julie Pendleton, owner, grabbed silver for their Dick’s Brewing Co.’s Barleywine. Photo courtesy of Facebook

It was a pretty good day for Washington state breweries at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival Awards ceremony, the beer world’s equivalent to the Oscars. The annual commercial brewing contest and tasting event, sponsored by the Brewers Association, was held in Denver yesterday as part of the annual ginormous three-day beer festival that sees 800 U.S. breweries pouring 3,800 beers to some 60,000 attendees. Out of nearly 7,227 entries form 1,752 breweries, 286 medals were awarded in 161 different beer style categories. Breweries from Washington state won 16 medals, including seven gold medals.

Georgetown Brewing sits in top of the Washington state throne, grabbing a gold medal in the category with the most entrants, American-Style IPA with 312 entries, as well as a gold medal in another very competitive category, Coffee Beer with 168 entries.

Washington breweries also own the Gose category, taking home both gold and silver medals in the German-style Sour Ale category, which had 141 entries. Reuben’s Brews took the gold, while Kulshan Brewing took the silver.

Below are the state’s medalists, in alphabetical order according to medal color. Check out the full winners list and more details about the competition here on the Brewers Association website.


Gold Medal: Black Raven Brewing Co.
Red Feather
Extra Special Bitter – 71 entries


Gold Medal: Chuckanut Brewery
Chuckanut Helles
Munich-Style Helles – 84 entries


Gold Medal: Georgetown Brewing Co.
Bodhizafa IPA
American-Style India Pale Ale – 312 entries


Gold Medal: Georgetown Brewing Co.
Gusto Crema
Coffee Beer – 168 entries


Gold Medal: Perry Street Brewing Co.
PSB Session IPL
Session Beer – 52 entries


Gold Medal: RAM/Big Horn Brewery – Lakewood
Hometown Blonde
English-Style Summer Ale – 68 entries


Gold Medal: Reuben’s Brews
German-Style Sour Ale – 141 entries


Silver Medal: Chainline Brewing
Polaris Pilsner
Bohemian-Style Pilsener – 62 entries


Silver Medal: Dick’s Brewing Co.
Barley Wine Ale
Barley Wine-Style Ale – 60 entries


Silver Medal: Kulshan Brewing Co.
German-Style Sour Ale – 141 entries


Bronze Medal: Barrel Mountain Brewing
Starway Stout
Export Stout – 43 entries


Bronze Medal: Fish Brewing
Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen
American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast – 31 entries


Bronze Medal: Ghostfish Brewing Co.
Grapefruit IPA
Gluten-Free Beer – 37 entries


Bronze Medal: Propolis Brewing 
Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 82 entries