2019 Best of Craft Beer Awards Winners By The Numbers

Last weekend the Best of Craft Beer Awards were judged at Bachelor Village Resort in Bend, OR and the 2019 winners have now been announced. The Best of Craft Beer Awards are one of the fastest growing U.S. professional craft beer competitions with over 2,000 entries this year, 80 or so judges (including myself and many other professional brewers, homebrewers, and trained judges) awarded 262 medals in 90 categories.

As usual Portland’s Breakside Brewery did extremely well as did Bend-based 10 Barrel Brewing but there were also many surprises, including a new top Gold medal winner for American-style IPA that was very unexpected. Thanks to John Lovegrove for breaking down the numbers for us, check out his documentary PDX: Brew City.

33 different states won medals at the 2019 Best of Craft Beer Awards. Not suprisingly, Oregon dominated with 79 medals  (up from 70 in 2018). Washington came in second with 29 medals (up from 28), and California with 26 (up from 20). Read the full list of winners here.
One of the surprise big wins was Oregon’s Ordnance Brewing winning the Gold in American-style IPA for their EOD double IPA. It may have been a real smart move to enter this light bodied double IPA in the traditional single IPA category. It’s a terrific beer, (I judged it myself) and may warrant a revisit, I wonder if Ordnance’s new head brewer Paul Anderson has done any reformulation on the recipe?

A breakdown of each state and how many medals they claimed this year:

OR 79
WA 28
CA 26
IN 17
CO 11
MN 9
NV 9
TX 9
NM 8
MO 6
NC 6
SC 6
MT 5
OH 5
FL 4
NE 4
AZ 3
IA 3
MA 3
NY 3
VA 3
GA 2
LA 2
PA 2
AK 1
DC 1
ID 1
IL 1
KY 1
MI 1
ND 1
NJ 1
TN 1

Here is a breakdown of just GOLD medals by state:

OR 29
CA 12
WA 9
CO 5
IN 5
MN 4
NC 3
NM 3

Here is Oregon’s breakdown by medal:

Gold 29
Silver 27
Bronze 23

The city of Portland had 26 medals, with Bend close behind with 21. Here is the breakdown by cities in Oregon:

Portland OR 26
Bend OR 21
Milwaukie OR 6
Corvallis OR 4
Eugene OR 3
Boardman OR 3
Tualatin OR 2
Tillamook OR 2
Redmond OR 2
McMinnville OR 2
Cascade Locks OR 2

Here is a breakdown by brewing company. I have consolidated 10 Barrel and Breakside’s locations, as well as Craft Brew Alliance, which won medals for their Widmer, Omission and Kona brands:

Breakside  (Milwaukie & Dekum) 8
10 Barrel Brewing Co. 5
Baerlic Brewing Co. 5
CBA (Widmer, Omission, Kona) 5
Boneyard Beer 4
Immersion Brewing 4
Mazama Brewing 4
StormBreaker Brewing 4
Alesong Brewing and Blending 3
Old Town Brewing 3
Ordnance Brewing 3
Bend Brewing Co, 2
Pelican Brewing Company 2
Silver Moon Brewing 2
Thunder Island Brewing 2
Wild Ride Brewing 2
Worthy Brewing 2
Allegory Brewing 1
Ancestry Brewing Company 1
Back Pedal Brewing 1
Gigantic 1
Golden Valley Brewery 1
Great Notion Brewing 1
Migration Brewing 1
Monkless Belgian Ales 1
mt tabor brewing co 1
Oregon City Brewing Co 1
pFriem Family Brewers 1
Rogue Ales & Spirits 1
Rosenstadt 1
Stickmen Brewing Company 1
Sunriver Brewing Company 1
The Ale Apothecary 1
Three Creeks Brewing Company 1
Three Mugs Brewing Company 1
Von Ebert Brewing 1
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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