Awards

2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards Winners

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Brewers Across the Country (and World) compete in 5th Annual 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards held in Bend, Oregon at Bachelor Village Resort last weekend. 234 medals were awarded to breweries from 44 states and 3 countries. I was one of the nearly 80 judges to try over 2,000 entries in total from 10,000+ containiers of beer and 156 specific beer styles.

Judging took place in five sessions over a 3-day period. 245 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded to 152 brewery locations in a total of 86 categories.

The 2018 Brewery of the Year was Breakside Brewing with 11 medals total, the most of any brewery. Interestingly 10 Barrel Brewing won the most golds of any brewery and the most for a single location but Breakside won brewery of the year with more medals total between multiple locations.

Oregon breweries were also on top with 70 medals total, followed by Washington with 29 and California with 20. Below are more stats, broke down by John Lovegrove and followed by all of the medal winners listings.

Number of medals per state:

State Medals
OR 70
WA 29
CA 20
TX 12
IN 11
CO 9
NM 9
NV 9
MN 8
MT 5
SC 5
MA 4
NC 4
WY 4

Golds per State:

State Golds
OR 23
WA 9
CO 5
NV 5
TX 5
CA 4
MT 3
NC 3
NM 3
IN 2
MI 2
MN 2
ND 2
WY 2

Oregon medal breakdown

OR G S B
70 23 28 19

Oregon by Brewery (counting each separate brewing location)

10 Barrel Brewing Co. East Side Pub 6
Breakside Brewing (Milwaukie) 5
StormBreaker Brewing 3
Falling Sky Brewing 3
Breakside Brewing (Dekum) 3
Breakside Brewery + Beer Hall 3
Alesong Brewing and Blending 3
10 Barrel Brewing Co. , West Side Pub 3
Wolf Tree Brewery 2
Widmer Brothers Brewing 2
Three Creeks Brewing Company 2
The Elk Horn Brewery 2
Silver Moon Brewing 2
pFriem Family Brewers 2
Pelican Brewing Company 2
Mt Tabor Brewing Company 2
Mazama Brewing 2
Great Notion Brewing 2
Ex Novo Brewing Company 2
Deschutes Brewery 2
Baerlic Brewing Company 2
Worthy Brewing Co 1
Wild Ride Brewing 1
Sunriver Brewing Company 1
Natian Brewery 1
Klamath Basin Brewing Co. 1
Immersion Brewing Company 1
Hopworks Urban Brewery 1
Hop Valley Brewing 1
Ground Breaker Brewing 1
Golden Valley Brewery 1
Gigantic Brewing 1
Fat Heads Brewery 1
Burnside Brewing Co. 1
Back Pedal Brewing 1
Alameda Brewing Co. 1

Oregon by Company (combined locations) ranked by ALL Medals (Breakside wins):

Brewery Total Gold Silver Bronze
Breakside (Combined) 11 4 3 4
10 Barrel (combined) 9 6 2 1
Alesong Brewing and Blending 3 2 1
StormBreaker Brewing 3 1 2
Falling Sky Brewing 3 2 1
The Elk Horn Brewery 2 2
Mazama Brewing 2 1 1
pFriem Family Brewers 2 1 1
Ex Novo Brewing Company 2 1 1
Great Notion Brewing 2 1 1
Baerlic Brewing Company 2 2
Pelican Brewing Company 2 2
Wolf Tree Brewery 2 2
Deschutes Brewery 2 1 1
Mt Tabor Brewing Company 2 1 1
Silver Moon Brewing 2 1 1
Widmer Brothers Brewing 2 1 1
Three Creeks Brewing Company 2 2
Golden Valley Brewery 1 1
Hop Valley Brewing 1 1
Hopworks Urban Brewery 1 1
Wild Ride Brewing 1 1
Back Pedal Brewing 1 1
Burnside Brewing Co. 1 1
Gigantic Brewing 1 1
Ground Breaker Brewing 1 1
Immersion Brewing Company 1 1
Sunriver Brewing Company 1 1
Worthy Brewing Co 1 1
Alameda Brewing Co. 1 1
Fat Heads Brewery 1 1
Klamath Basin Brewing Co. 1 1
Natian Brewery 1 1

Oregon by Company (combined locations) ranked by GOLD Medals (10 Barrel wins)

Brewery Total Gold Silver Bronze
10 Barrel (combined) 9 6 2 1
Breakside (Combined) 11 4 3 4
Alesong Brewing and Blending 3 2 1
The Elk Horn Brewery 2 2
StormBreaker Brewing 3 1 2
Mazama Brewing 2 1 1
pFriem Family Brewers 2 1 1
Ex Novo Brewing Company 2 1 1
Great Notion Brewing 2 1 1
Golden Valley Brewery 1 1
Hop Valley Brewing 1 1
Hopworks Urban Brewery 1 1
Wild Ride Brewing 1 1
Falling Sky Brewing 3 2 1
Baerlic Brewing Company 2 2
Pelican Brewing Company 2 2
Wolf Tree Brewery 2 2
Deschutes Brewery 2 1 1
Mt Tabor Brewing Company 2 1 1
Silver Moon Brewing 2 1 1
Widmer Brothers Brewing 2 1 1
Back Pedal Brewing 1 1
Burnside Brewing Co. 1 1
Gigantic Brewing 1 1
Ground Breaker Brewing 1 1
Immersion Brewing Company 1 1
Sunriver Brewing Company 1 1
Worthy Brewing Co 1 1
Three Creeks Brewing Company 2 2
Alameda Brewing Co. 1 1
Fat Heads Brewery 1 1
Klamath Basin Brewing Co. 1 1
Natian Brewery 1 1

10 Barrel and Breakside breakdown:

Brewery Location City Medal Beer Award Category Cat entries
10 Barrel Brewing Co. West Side Pub Bend Gold Allure American-Style Fruit Beer 35
10 Barrel Brewing Co. East Side Pub Bend Gold Brilliant Historical Beer or Other Strong Ale or Lager 10
10 Barrel Brewing Co. East Side Pub Bend Gold Dark Queen Munchner Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager 16
10 Barrel Brewing Co. East Side Pub Bend Gold Passionate Envy Fruit Wheat Beer 20
10 Barrel Brewing Co. East Side Pub Bend Gold Raspberry Crush American-Style Sour Ale 27
10 Barrel Brewing Co. East Side Pub Bend Gold RedeuX Strong Ale or Old Ale 13
10 Barrel Brewing Co. West Side Pub Bend SIlver Femme de la Rouge Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer 30
10 Barrel Brewing Co. East Side Pub Bend Silver Juicy Meet Zesty Experimental Beer 26
10 Barrel Brewing Co. West Side Pub Bend Bronze Midnight in Antwerp Belgian-Style Quadrupel or Dark Strong Ale 16
Breakside Brewery Dekum Portland Gold Breakside Black Lager German-Style Schwarzbier 18
Breakside Brewery Slabtown Portland Gold Breakside Cuddle Puddle American-Style Pale Ale 59
Breakside Brewery Milwaukie Milwaukie Gold Breakside Pilsner German-Style Pilsener 28
Breakside Brewery Slabtown Portland Gold Lunch Break ISA Australian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale 15
Breakside Brewery Milwaukie Milwaukie Silver Breakside Cultivating Mass Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer 86
Breakside Brewery Dekum Portland Silver Breakside Dunkel Munchner Dunkel or European-Style Dark Lager 16
Breakside Brewery Slabtown Portland Silver Breakside Mexican Coffee Stout Coffee Beer 41
Breakside Brewery Milwaukie Milwaukie Bronze Breakside IPA American-Style India Pale Ale 150
Breakside Brewery Milwaukie Milwaukie Bronze Breakside Passionfruit Sour American-Style Sour Ale 27
Breakside Brewery Dekum Portland Bronze Breakside Vienna Lager German-Style Marzen or Oktoberfest/Wiesn 28
Breakside Brewery Milwaukie Milwaukie Bronze What Rough Beast Northeast-Style India Pale Ale 67

Full Medal, Category, Category Entry, Brewery, Beer, City, State, Year of all the beers that were awarded medals at the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards:

2017 Medalists
2016 Medalists

About Us

The Best of Craft Beer Awards just completed its 5th year of competition seeing a successive growth rate in participating breweries year over year. In that short amount of time, the competition has grown to be the third largest professional brewing competition in the country.

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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