The Washington Beer Awards (WBA) is a great way for our local breweries to partake in a little friendly competition against each other. There is so much good beer brewed in Washington that winning a medal at the WBA is something that any brewer can be proud of.
Last year, 138 breweries competed for top honors at the event. Ten Pin Brewing took home the Small Brewery of the Year with four total medals, including two golds. E9 Brewery LLC won the Mid-Size Brewery of the Year with five medals, including two golds. The Large Brewery of the Year was won by No-Li Brewhouse with five medals, which included one gold.
You can check out my post about the winners from last year’s competition here.
If you are a brewer looking for more information on how to enter your beer, go here.
Seattle, WA, March 1, 2017: Specialty Competitions LLC is proud to announce the return of the Washington Beer Awards®, the craft beer competition designed specifically to support Washington’s professional brewers. This is the fifth year for the Washington-only competition that provides an opportunity for all of Washington’s craft brewers to compete in a blind judging format and fosters recognition of brewing excellence in Washington.
Only Washington breweries with beers produced and sold in Washington can enter the competition. The event is endorsed by the Washington Beer Commission as a way to help promote our excellent Washington brews and raise awareness of our rich brewing culture.
In 2016, 138 breweries submitted 950 beers to the competition spanning 110 styles from the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines. Judging was conducted by dozens of trained judges who assessed the technical and stylistic accuracy of the entries. More than 170 awards were presented recognizing brewing excellence in the state.
The 2017 competition is expected to grow with additional entries and award categories. The competition will also recognize “Breweries of the Year” who receive multiple awards in various categories and also feature special awards for a “Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer” and a “Best Washington Malt Beer.” This competition also includes a “Pro-Am” category recognizing collaborations of homebrewers and professional brewers who have scaled up homebrewer recipes for production on a commercial scale.
Breweries can register entries from March 1st through March 31st. The 2017 judging will be conducted in early June with the winners being announced at the Washington Brewers Festival in mid-June. Details on the competition (including rules and registration information) as well as lists of the previous winners can be found at www.wabeerawards.com.
We look forward to recognizing another great year of Washington beers! Cheers!