Monkless Belgian Ales of Bend Keeps Racking Up Awards

Monkless Belgian Ales of Bend, Oregon, is just approaching its two year anniversary on September 28th and has started to develop a strong following and become a real awards contender. Monkless recently was named ‘Brewery of the Year’ and also won ‘Beer of the Year’ at the inaugural USA Beer Ratings competition launched by the Beverage Trade Network. This comes off of The New School’s own high recommendations after a visit earlier this year and gold and silver medal wins at the 2018 Oregon Beer Awards.

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USA Beer Ratings

After two days of judging beers from around the world, the inaugural USA Beer Ratings competition has revealed its 2018 “Beer of the Year” – Meet Your Maker, a Belgian Dark Strong Ale from MonklessBelgian Ales in Bend, Oregon. This beer was a huge hit with competition judges, who gave it the highest points on the scoreboard of 2018 (96 out of a possible 100) for quality, value and packaging, the three judging criteria used to rank and evaluate the beers at the San Francisco event. In addition, Monkless Belgian Ales won “Brewery of the Year” and was awarded a silver medal for their Dry Hop Belgian Tripel, Capitulation.

The USA Beer Ratings competition was launched in late 2017 by  Beverage Trade Network, which organizes beer industry events all over the world. The goal of this event was to judge beers the way consumers judge them. This competition is unique, in contrast to other beer competitions, in that it includes brewing ability and technical experience as a primary measure, but also includes evaluation of packaging and value.  The goal of the USA Beer Ratings competition was to award and celebrate the beers that consumers actually want to buy, whether at a retail liquor store or ordering off the menu at a restaurant.

Chief executive of Beverage Trade Network Sid Patel said, “At all the major competitions, beers are judged solely on the quality of what’s in the bottle. We wanted to take a different approach, by asking our judges to look at beers the way beer drinkers do, adding appearance and value for money into the mix.”

“The judges were impressed by every aspect of the entry from Monkless Belgian Ales, and especially the overall quality of the beer itself,” said Patel.

The USA Beer Ratings Competition was the first of several events that Beverage Trade Network will be hosting over the next 18 months as part of a global drinks initiative to introduce beer drinkers to innovative and value-oriented beers from all over the world.


Monkless distributes throughout Oregon and southern Washington as well as through the international beer club app Tavour. Monkless recently introduced New York City to their beers at Octfest 2018, An International Beer, Music and Food Celebration that took place on Governor’s Island in New York City September 8th and 9th and expect to pick up limited New York and International distribution in the coming months.

Monkless Belgian Ales Second Anniversary Celebration

On September 28th Monkless celebrates two years of Belgian Beers at their 10 bbl brewing facility in the urban brewer’s district on Bend’s Northeast side. With consistent growth and recent Gold and Silver Medal wins at the Oregon Beer Awards and now USA Beer Ratings, they continue to do their part to continue and push the innovative and robust Oregon beer scene.

During their 2-Year celebration the parking lot will transform into a live music and beer garden venue, complete with a draft trailer, hay bales, fire pits, food truck, and a live t-shirt printing station. Brewery tours from the founder/head brewer, Todd Clement, will commence at the top of every hour. This event marks the steady growth of Monkless’ operation from 430 bbl in 2017 to a projected 700 bbl in 2018 and celebrates Oregon’s thirst for traditional and unique Belgians.

Monkless Belgian Ales 2nd Anniversary Celebration

At the Brewery

20750 High Desert Lane — Bend, OR

September 28th 4pm-8pm

Event Schedule

Head Brewer Tours at the top of every hour

Food Truck cuisine from We’re the Wurst

Live Music from Circle of Willis from 5pm-8pm

Live T-Shirt Printing from Threadbare Printhouse

Case deals on packaged beer

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