The 2nd annual Best of Craft Beer Awards were judged last weekend in Bend, Oregon and winners announced Monday. Any U.S. licensed by the TTB brewery is welcome to submit beers to this new beer awards, the only one that I know of in Oregon for professional brewers across the country (until the Oregon Beer Awards premieres next month). Among the winners were new breweries like Bend, Oregon’s Wild Ride Brewing with a Silver Medal for Bitch Stout, and a Bronze Medal for Mount Up Maple Brown. Ecliptic Brewing somehow won both a Bronze and a Silver in different categories for their amazingly tasty Orange Giant Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine. Perennial award winners Pelican Brewing won Gold for Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, Silver for MacPelican’s Wee Heavy, Bronze for Silverspot IPA and Gold for Kiwanda Cream Ale. Breakside Brewery continued their local winning spree only this time winning Gold for Wanderlust IPA instead of their GABF gold medal winning flagship IPA, they also got a Gold for the not yet even released Lunch Break ISA and a Silver for the New World Bruin out in bottle now. Of course there were many other great Oregon award winners from the likes of Bend locals Worthy Brewing, Bend Brewing, Deschutes and GoodLife. Also we must mention the surprise winner from Denver, Colorado for “Brewery of the Year” going to River North Brewing.
Check out this full graphic of all the winners or go to an individual by style breakdown of winners here.