Oregon Breweries Win 53 Medals at 2016 North American Beer Awards


The 2016 North American Beer Awards were held last weekend in conjunction with the Mountain Brewers Beer Fest in Idaho Falls, and Oregon came out with an outstanding 53 medals. Once again leading the pack: Breakside Brewery, with an amazing 12 medals, a number that topped all other breweries in the country. Also perennial winners like 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend), Barley Brown’s, and Pelican came in strong. Some surprising notables included Boneyard killing it in the sour ale categories with some obscure beers. Ecliptic Brewing continues a great winning streak for its excellent Capella Porter and equally amazing Orange Giant Barleywine. Sunriver Brewing also has seemingly come out of nowhere and picked up a fantastic 3 gold medals and one silver. Golden Valley Brewing is definitely continuing its renaissance with two silvers; Occidental and Widmer both bring home 2 medals; and Wild Ride in Redmond scored an impressive 2 golds and a bronze. Lots more to like.

The NABAs are arguably the 3rd largest and most prestigious American awards, conducted as a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the entries within a category. The competition provides an opportunity for commercially produced beers to be judged against the best beers in the country. The event is conducted as a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the entries within a category.


Below is the list of all the Oregon Breweries and their medals, and we also threw in our friends up north, Heathen Brewing in Vancouver, Washington, for good measure. Congrats to everyone.

10 Barrel Brewing

Gold – Cerveza Negra

Gold – Krispy Cream Ale

Gold – Rose Bois

Gold – Cucumber Crush

Bronze – German Sparkle Party

Silver – Raspberry Crush

10 Barrel Brewing PDX

Silver – Witburger


Barley Brown’s Beer

Gold – Shredder’s Wheat

Gold – Joan

Silver – ESB

Silver – DisOrder

Bronze – Turmoil

Bronze – Twisted Whisker

Bronze – Breakfast Stout

Bend Brewing

Gold – Volkssekt

Gold – Wicked Medicine

Boneyard Beer

Gold – Gueuze Cruise

Bronze – Another Funking Sour

Silver – Fuego Rojo


Breakside Brewery

Gold – Pilsner

Gold – Country Blonde

Gold – Rye Curious?

Bronze – Nick’s Dunkel

Bronze – Breakside IPA

Bronze – Lunch Break India Session Ale

Bronze – Sweet Potato Brown

Bronze – Bergamot Special Bitter

Silver – Wanderlust IPA

Silver – Imperial Red

Silver – Biere de Garde

Silver – Smoked Porter

Caldera Brewing

Bronze – Caldera Ashland Amber

Ecliptic Brewing

Bronze – Orbiter IPA

Silver – Capella Porter

Gold – Orange Giant Barleywine

Golden Valley Brewery

Silver – Atlas Doppelbock

Silver – Beaverton Blonde

Heathen Brewing

Bronze – Absolution

Silver – Highland Charge

Occidental Brewing Co.

Silver – Pilsner

Gold – Hefeweizen

Pelican Brewing Co.

Gold – Pelicano Extra!

Gold – MacPelican’s Wee Heavy

Bronze – Tsunami Stout

Sunriver Brewing Co.

Gold – Hop Shop Series: APA

Gold – Rippin

Gold – 2016 COBW India Wheat Ale

Silver – Vicious Mosquito

Widmer Brothers Brewing

Bronze – Hefeweizen

Bronze – Steel Bridge Porter

Wild Ride Brewing

Gold – Big Booty Golden Ale

Gold – Brain Bucket Imperial IPA

Bronze – Dark Dynasty Belgian Dark Ale

Worthy Brewing

Gold – Easy Day Kolsch

Silver – Farm Out Saison

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  • John Lovegrove
    John Lovegrove
    Mon Jun 6, 2016 1:49 PM

    As usual, I crunched the numbers. Oregon has 5-6% of US breweries, and won 18.4% of the medals (53/288). Punching well above out weight again!