2019 Oregon Beer Awards Winners, Medalists and Photo Recap

The 2019 Oregon Beer Awards ceremony was held last night, February 26th, at Revolution Hall in southeast Portland, where 75 medals were awarded in 25 judged beer categories. In addition to the 25 beer style categories, there were awards handed out for Best New Brewery, Best Beer Fest, Best Brewpub, Best Branding, Best Bottle Shop/Beer Bar, Beer Doing More, Best Collaboration, a Hall of Fame award, and Best Small, Medium, and Large Brewery of the Year.

The 25 awarded beer categories were judged in a double-blind competition in January by 85 industry judges (Fresh Hops categories were judged back in September). 1,090 beers were entered this year from 133 Oregon breweries across the state. That’s an impressive number that still has a lot of room to grow.

2019 Oregon Beer Awards MC’s Ben Love and Joe Sanders

The ceremony was kicked off by this year’s MCs, Joe Sanders of Old Town Brewing and Ben Love of Gigantic Brewing, who came out on-stage after a fun sketch video that played to an excited crowd. The video above was filmed and edited by Jordan Wilson who produces all of Old Town Brewing’s great promo videos.

The recently passed Jim Parker received the award for the Oregon Beer Hall of Fame. Parker was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame that now includes such legends at Fred Eckhardt, Don Younger, and John Harris. The Oregon Historical Society and last year’s winner, John Harris, fittingly introduced and presented the award to Parker’s son, Joel Parker, while the family sat in attendance. Earlier this month I (along with Wayfaring Footlights productions)produced a handful of interviews with industry friends of Jim Parker for the tribute video that was then played. Excuse me if I tear up while watching it posted above here.

The winners:

PILSNER

BRONZE 10 Barrel Brewing Whitburger
SILVER Sunriver Brewing Company Czech Meowt
GOLD 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Smooth Talker

GOLDEN, BLONDE & OTHER ALE

BRONZE Wild Ride Brewing Big Booty Golden Ale
SILVER Breakside Brewery True Gold
GOLD Bend Brewing Company Alpha Blonde

STOUT

BRONZE Bend Brewing Company Trade War Export Stout
SILVER Wolf Tree Brewery Ship Biscuits
GOLD Barley Brown’s Brew Pub Havoc

LIGHT GERMAN AND BOHEMIAN BEERS

BRONZE Breakside Brewery – Dekum Lucky as Helles
SILVER Zoiglhaus Brewing Company Zoigl-Schwarz
GOLD 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Baywindow

GERMAN STRONG LAGERS, WHEAT/RYE BEERS AND SMOKE BEERS

BRONZE Buoy Beer Company The Decapitator
SILVER Culmination Brewing Company On The Keller
GOLD Heater Allen Brewing Export Lager

CLASSIC UK STYLES

BRONZE 10 Barrel Brewing Co. RedeuX
SILVER Level Beer Biscuits to a Bear
GOLD Crux Fermentation Project Gramps Ale

CLASSIC NORTH AMERICAN STYLES

BRONZE Oakshire Brewing Ill Tempered Gnome
SILVER Sunriver Brewing Company Fuzztail
GOLD Ecliptic Brewing Capella Porter

BELGIAN BEERS

BRONZE Wayfinder Rumination
SILVER Ancestry Brewing Belgian Dark Strong
GOLD Breakside Brewery – Dekum Basic Witch

RED BEERS

BRONZE StormBreaker St. Johns ALTerior Motive
SILVER Full Sail Brewing Co. Amber
GOLD Deschutes Brewery Common Have a Pint

SESSIONABLE HOPPY BEERS

BRONZE Sunriver Brewing Company 20 Klicks
SILVER Migration Brewing A Infinite Riff
GOLD 10 Barrel Brewing Co. IPK

STRONG HOPPY BEERS

BRONZE Breakside Brewery India Golden Ale
SILVER Ruse Brewing Interpreter
GOLD StormBreaker Brewing Triple Double IPA

DARK HOPPY BEERS

BRONZE Immersion Brewing Ring the Alarm
SILVER Ruse Brewing Dark Between The Stars
GOLD Migration Brewing  Cannonball

AMERICAN IPA

BRONZE Baerlic Brewing Punk Rock Time
SILVER Worthy Brewing Strata IPA
GOLD Sunriver Brewing  Escape from Escondido

HAZY HOPPY BEERS

BRONZE Old Town Brewing Borneo
SILVER Migration Brewing B Mo-HAZE-ic
GOLD Laurelwood Brewing Co. Kids These Daze

BARREL-AGED BEERS

BRONZE Pelican Brewing Company (Production) Mother of All Storms
SILVER Ecliptic Brewing Ecliptic + Tesoaria Blood of Jupiter
GOLD Breakside Brewery and Taproom The Oligarch

RARE AND HISTORICAL BEERS

BRONZE Monkless Belgian Ales Peppercorn Imperial Wit
SILVER Wayfinder Relapse IPA
GOLD Breakside Brewery – Dekum Phantasmagoria

FLAVORED BEERS

BRONZE Three Mugs Brewing Mo’ Honey Ale
SILVER 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Passionate Envy
GOLD Salem Ale Works Hootenanny Honey Basil

COFFEE BEERS

BRONZE Bend Brewing Company StumpTHUMPin’ Coffee Brown
SILVER Bend Brewing Company Coffee N Cream
GOLD 10 Barrel Brewing Co. C4K

EXPERIMENTAL BEERS

BRONZE 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Gindulgence
SILVER Alesong Brewing and Blending Gose Anejo
GOLD Alesong Brewing and Blending French 75

PASTRY OR DESSERT BEER

BRONZE Breakside Brewery and Taproom Fourth Wave
SILVER Alesong Brewing and Blending Senor Rhino
GOLD Great Notion Brewing NW Luminous

AMERICAN SOUR BEERS

BRONZE Breakside Brewery and Taproom Passionfruit Sour
SILVER The Ale Apothecary The Beer Formerly Known as La Tache
GOLD 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Allure

BRETT AND MIXED CULTURE

BRONZE Oregon City Brewing Co Coming to Fruition: Cherry
SILVER Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Spontane Wilde
GOLD Logsdon Farmhouse Ales ZuurPruim

WOOD AND BARREL-AGED

BRONZE Stickmen Brewing Company I Heart Wood 2019
SILVER 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Ginoculation
GOLD Upright Brewing Saison Ellende

OTHER FRESH HOP BEERS

BRONZE Level Beer Fresh Hopped Let’s Play
SILVER StormBreaker Steambreaker
GOLD West Coast Grocery Co Willamette’s With love

FRESH HOP PALE ALE AND IPA

BRONZE Breakside Brewery and Taproom What Fresh Beast
SILVER pFriem Family Brewers Fresh Hop Centennial IPA
GOLD Sasquatch Brewing Company Hey, I Just Met You, and This is Hazy
BEER DOING MORE Ex Novo Brewing
BEST BEER FESTIVAL Festival of the Dark Arts
BEST BOTTLE SHOP Belmont Station
BEST BRANDING Gigantic Brewing
BEST BREWPUB EXPERIENCE Wayfinder Beer
BEST COLLABORATION Terrifico Horror Pils (Wayfinder/Heater Allen/Modern Times)
BEST NEW BREWERY Ruse Brewing
Brewery of the Year – Large Breakside Brewing
Brewery of the Year – Medium Block 15
Brewery of the Year – Small Ruse Brewing

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Samurai Artist

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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