For three days the judges sampled and sipped some of the best beers in North America. It was a tough job but the North American Brewers’ Association was up to the task of judging more than 1000 beers. 22 Washington beers won medals at the North American Beer Awards, including nine gold awards!
Washington breweries swept the Scotch ale category at the 2010 North American Beer Awards with Laht Nappur the gold, silver to Walking Man Brewery, and the bronze to Black Raven Brewery. Washington also did well in the American Pale Ale Category, winning Gold and Silver. The strong American Pale Ale Gold medal is coming home to Washington as well. I was surprised that Washington was shut out of both the American and English style IPA as many people associate Washington, especially western Washington with IPAs. I certainly do.
I was impressed that Washington breweries, large and small, and from all corners of the state that won awards for their beers. I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t tried Laht Neppur nor Old School House beers yet, but I will be sure to fix that soon!
Washington Award Winning Beers
Award Category Name Brewery
Gold American Pale Ale Pale Strider Walking Man Brewery
Gold American Stout Hooligan Stout Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Gold American Strong Pale Ale Hop Bomb IPA Rockbottom Brewery
Gold Blonde or Golden Ale Big Horn Blonde Ram Brewery Seattle
Gold Ciders Spire Mountain Pear Cider Fish Brewing Company
Gold English Mild Ale Barnstormer Brown Ale Flyers Restaurant and Brewery
Gold English Old Ale Old Scrooge Silver City Brewery
Gold Scotch Ale Piper Canyon Scotch Ale Laht Neppur Brewing Co.
Gold (Special) Best Bitter Auntie Esthers Best Bitter Ram Brewery Tacoma
Silver American Brown Ale Irish Nut Brown Hale's Ales
Silver American Pale Ale Totem Pale Ale Black Raven Brewing
Silver Brown Porter Tamerlane Brown Porter Black Raven Brewing
Silver Chili Beer Strange Brew Red Pepper Porter Flyers Restaurant and Brewery
Silver Double/Imperial Irish Red Ale Starfish Imperial Red Ale Fish Brewing Company
Silver English Barley Wine Old #1 2009 Scuttlebutt Brewery
Silver English Pale Ale Clear Creek Pale Ale Silver City Brewery
Silver Robust Porter Porter Boundary Bay Brewery
Silver Scotch Ale High Road Scotch Ale Walking Man Brewery
Bronze Belgian Strong Pale Ale 1X Gold Hale's Ales
Bronze Other Bock Beers Eisbock Redhook Brewery
Bronze Robust Porter Pacemaker Porter Flyers Restaurant and Brewery
Bronze Scotch Ale Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale Black Raven Brewing