Oregon Brewers Win Big at 2017 North American Beer Awards

Oregon brewers had an extremely good showing this past weekend in Idaho at the 2017 NABA, aka the North American Beer Awards. 129 breweries won medals at NABA, which is arguably the most prestigious and respected U.S. beer competition behind GABF and World Beer Cup. Twenty-six of those breweries (20%) were from Oregon with Breakside Brewery bringing home the lions haul, closely followed by Pelican Brewing with 10 Barrel, pFriem and Barley Browns following close behind. Thanks to John Lovegrove for help tabulating the results and running the numbers.

All the Oregon brewers and their medals awarded are below:

Gold Silver Bronze Total
Breakside Brewery, Portland, OR 3 2 4 9
Pelican Brewing, Tillamook, Oregon 1 5 1 7
10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend, OR 2 1 2 5
pFriem Family Brewers, Hood River, Oregon 2 1 2 5
Barley Brown Beer, Baker City, Oregon 1 2 2 5
Caldera Brewing, Ashland, Oregon, USA 2 2 4
Sunriver Brewing Company, Sunriver, OR 2 2 4
Fat Heads Brewery PDX, Portland, OR, US 1 2 3
Widmer Brothers Brewing, Portland, Oregon, USA 1 1 1 3
Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond, OR 1 1 1 3
Arch Rock Brewing Company, Gold Beach, OR USA 1 2 3
Boneyard Beer, Bend, OR, USA 1 1 2
Three Creeks Brewing, Sisters, Oregon 1 1 2
Mazama Brewing, Corvallis, OR 2 2
Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR, USA 1 1 2
Crux Fermentation Project, Bend, OR, USA 1 1
Golden Valley Brewery, McMinnville, OR, USA 1 1
Klamath Basin Brewing Co., Klamath Falls, OR 1 1
Omission Brewing Co., Portland, Oregon, USA 1 1
Silver Moon Brewing, Bend, OR, USA 1 1
Stickmen Brewing Company, Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA 1 1
Back Pedal Brewing, Portland, OR 1 1
Immersion Brewing Co., Bend, Oregon 1 1
Occidental Brewing Co, Portland, OR 1 1
10 Barrel Brewing, Portland 1 1
Ecliptic Brewing, Portland, Oregon, USA 1 1

Breakside brewers Jacob Leonard and Daniel Hynes

A brewery I have never even heard of called Altitude Chophouse & Brewery of Wyoming won the most medals of the competition with ten. Breakside Brewery came in with the second-most medals of the competition, falling just one behind Altitude Brewing with nine beers winning medals:

Irish Stout
Smoked Porter
Biere de Garde

First Blanche

Passionfruit Sour
Dog & Pony Show
Mo’ Problems
Rye Curious?

Pelican Brewing wins 7 medals at the 2017 NABA

Pelican Brewing claimed the following seven medals:

MacPelicans Wee Heavy

Tsunami Stout
Beak Breaker IIPA
Stormwatcher’s Winterfest
Kiwanda Cream Ale
Citricumulus Belgian Pale Ale

Unbriago Cerveza Negra

To see all the 2017 winners by category or by brewery in pdf form https://www.northamericanbrewers.org

As usual the home base factors in with Idaho’s impressive showing as well as a surprisingly strong Montana brewery entries. The breakdown of medals won by state after Oregon’s 26 are below.

Idaho 15
Montana 12
Washington 12
California 10
Colorado 10
Utah 8
New Mexico 5
Wyoming 5
Arizona 3
Canada 3
Michigan 3
Texas 3
Missouri 2
New York 2
South Carolina 2
Alaska 1
Georgia 1
Hawaii 1
Indiana 1
Minnesota 1
Puerto Rico 1
Wisconsin 1

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