2018 Winners

On behalf of Specialty Competitions LLC and the Washington Beer Commission, we are proud to announce the winners of the sixth annual Washington Beer Awards®.  1,297 beers were entered in the competition by 181 Washington breweries.  All of the beers submitted must have been both brewed and made commercially available in the state of Washington.  The entries were evaluated in a blind format using the Brewers Association Style Guidelines by panels of trained beer judges who awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze placements for each category grouping.

(You can download a PDF version of the winners list here).

(PDF of shelf labels of winners here).

WABA Award


German Pale Lagers:

Gold: Mirage - Ski Mask

Silver: Beardslee Public House - Duh Dortmunder

Bronze: Barrel Mountain Brewing - Luv Ya Lager


German-Style Pilsners:

Gold: Grains Of Wrath Brewing - Luger Pils

Silver: Kulshan Brewing Co. - K2 - Kulshan Pilsner

Bronze: Wander Brewing - Doglost


Bohemian-Style Pilsners:

Gold: Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co. - Heisenberg Pils

Silver: Chuckanut Brewery - Chuckanut Pilsner

Bronze: Reuben's Brews - Pilsner


American-Style Pilsners:

Gold: Airways Brewing - Pre Flight Pilsner

Silver: Farmstrong Brewing Co. - Cold Beer Skagit Pils

Bronze: Yakima Craft Brewing Co. - Pilsnerd


Vienna-Style Lagers:

Gold: Chuckanut Brewery - Chuckanut Vienna Lager

Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing - Austro-Naut

Bronze: Triceratops Brewing Company - Pennsyltucky Lager


German Dark Lagers:

Gold: Cloudburst Brewing - No Mistakes

Silver: Redhook Brewery - Dunkel Town

Bronze: Chuckanut Brewery - Chuckanut Dunkel


American-Style Lagers:

Gold: Loowit Brewing Company - Loowit Lager

Silver: Odin Brewing Co. - Freya's Gold Lager

Bronze: Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. - 1897 Pale Lager


Other American-Style Lagers:

Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. - James Street - Amber Lager

Silver: Brothers Cascadia Brewing - Crazy 88

Bronze: Lowercase Brewing - MEXICAN LAGER


International Lagers:

Gold: 54-40 Brewing Company - 1862

Silver: Mollusk Brewing - Dexter Daily

Bronze: Chuckanut Brewery - Chuckanut Mexican Lager


Bocks and Doppelbocks:

Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. - K2 - Kulshan Maibock

Silver: Hopworks Urban Brewery Vancouver - Doppel 07

Bronze: Chuckanut Brewery - Chuckanut Doppelbock


German-Style Kölsch:

Gold: Watts Brewing Company - The Leafcutter (as Kellerbier)

Silver: Watts Brewing Company - The Leafcutter (as Kolsch)

Bronze: Icicle Brewing Company - Snow Creek Kolsch


Other German Amber Beers:

Gold: Chuckanut Brewery - Chuckanut Marzen

Silver: Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria - Lithium

Bronze: Dru Bru - Copper


German Wheat Beers:

Gold: North 47 Brewing Co. - Amber Waves

Silver: Dru Bru - Hefeweizen

Bronze: Cairn Brewing - Donnie Dunkel (Weizen)


American Wheat Beers:

Gold: Three Magnets Brewing - Shig Faced

Silver: Populuxe Brewing - Bring That Wheat Back

Bronze: Fish Brewing Company - Dunkelweizen


Rye Beers:

Gold: Dreadnought Brewing - Red Elvis

Silver: Loowit Brewing Company - Grimlock Rye Porter

Bronze: Lowercase Brewing - IPA


American-Style Cream Ales:

Gold: Wet Coast Brewing Co. - Wet Coast Cream Ale

Silver: Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co. - Beaver Deceiver

Bronze: Flyers Restaurant And Brewery - Penn Cove Pilsner


Golden or Blonde Ales:

Gold: Dick's Brewing Co. - Golden Ale

Silver: North 47 Brewing Co. - Bitchin Betty

Bronze: McMenamins Breweries - Nebraska Bitter


Session Beers:

Gold: Bainbridge Brewing - Mosquito Fleet Session IPA

Silver: Brothers Cascadia Brewing - Best Day Ever

Bronze: Fremont Brewing - Session Pale


Ordinary & Special/Best Bitters:

Gold: Rainy Daze Brewing - Test Drive Amber

Silver: Dick's Brewing Co. - Dick's Best Bitter

Bronze: Puyallup River Brewing Co. - English Pale Ale


Extra Special Bitters:

Gold: San Juan Island Brewing - Bull Kelp ESB

Silver: Elysian Brewing - The Wise

Bronze: Ravenna Brewing Company - ESB-Real


English Pale Ales:

Gold: Flyers Restaurant And Brewery - Humbles Blonde Ale

Silver: Port Townsend Brewing Co - Hop Diggidy

Bronze: Stones Throw Brewery - Flat Penny Pale


English Dark Ales:

Gold: Puyallup River Brewing Co. - British Bronze

Silver: Foggy Noggin Brewing - Butch's Brew

Bronze: Cardinal Craft Brewing - Brown Ale


British Strong Ales:

Gold: Cairn Brewing - Wee Heavy

Silver: White Bluffs Brewing - Mighty Knight Imperial Stout

Bronze: Barrel Mountain Brewing - Winch It Out Stout


Scottish Shilling Ales:

Gold: Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co. - Bonnie Doon Scottish Ale

Silver: Postdoc Brewing - Kilty MacSporran

Bronze: Geaux Brewing - Wee Y'at?


Scotch Ales:

Gold: Heathen Brewing - Highland Charge

Silver: Silver City Brewery - Magnificent Bastard

Bronze: Cairn Brewing - Don't Call Me Irish


Irish Red Ales:

Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. - K2 - Red Cap

Silver: Whitewall Brewing Company - Sassy Lassie

Bronze: Heathen Brewing - Arson


Brown Porters:

Gold: Ram Restaurant & Brewery - Disorder Porter

Silver: Machine House Brewery - Porter

Bronze: Old Schoolhouse Brewery - Uncle Big's Brown


Robust Porters:

Gold: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery - Phinneywood

Silver: Stoup Brewing - Robust Porter

Bronze: Airways Brewing - Curbside Porter


Strong Porters:

Gold: Sound Brewery - Baltic Porter

Silver: Melvin Brewing Bellingham - Melixor Baltica

Bronze: Bent Bine Brew Co. - Peaceable American Porter


Sweet/Cream Stouts:

Gold: Four Generals Brewing - Buddhahed Milk Stout

Silver: Cairn Brewing - Thor's Hammer

Bronze: Wet Coast Brewing Co. - Sneak Thief Stout


Oatmeal Stouts:

Gold: Backwoods Brewing Company - Ridge Run Stout

Silver: Rainy Daze Brewing - Built For Comfort

Bronze: Barrel Mountain Brewing - Starway Stout


Irish Stouts:

Gold: Wander Brewing - Correspondent

Silver: Dick's Brewing Co. - Dick's Cream Stout

Bronze: Reuben's Brews - Dry Stout


American-Style Stouts:

Gold: Aslan Brewing Company - American Stout

Silver: Top Rung Brewing Company - My Dog Scout Stout

Bronze: Old Schoolhouse Brewery - Hooligan Stout


American-Style Imperial Stouts:

Gold: Black Raven Brewing - Grandfather Raven

Silver: Heathen Brewing - Epitaph

Bronze: Bale Breaker Brewing Co. - Wood & Wire Imperial Stout


American-Style Pale Ales:

Gold: Odd Otter Brewing Co. - Ottzel Quatzel

Silver: Stoup Brewing - Mosaic Pale

Bronze: Grains Of Wrath Brewing - Papermaker Pale


American-Style Strong Pale Ales:

Gold: Melvin Brewing Bellingham - Tiger Style

Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing - Overkill IPA

Bronze: Everybody's Brewing - Mountain Mama Pale Ale


American Amber Ales:

Gold: Valholl Brewing Company - Valkyrie Red

Silver: Chainline Brewing Company - Recumbent

Bronze: Manfish Brewing - Red-Headed Step Child


American-Style Brown Ales:

Gold: Iron Goat Brewing - Brown

Silver: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery - Gentle Ben

Bronze: Trap Door Brewing - Uptown Brown


American-Style Black Ales:

Gold: Reuben's Brews - Small Batch Brewery - Black Imperial IPA

Silver: Trusty Brewing Company - Dark Marc

Bronze: North 47 Brewing Co. - Nightmare 21


American-Style India Pale Ales:

Gold: Hellbent Brewing Company - Gate City IPA

Silver: White Bluffs Brewing - Fans In Denial

Bronze: Georgetown Brewing Company - Bodhizafa


American-Style India Pale Ales - Northeastern Substyle:

Gold: McMenamins Breweries - Egyptian Cotton IPA

Silver: Brothers Cascadia Brewing - You Like 'A Da Juice

Bronze: Airways Brewing - Luxury Jet


Imperial or Double India Pale Ales:

Gold: Cash Brewing Co - Top Spin Double IPA

Silver: Good Brewing Co. - 100% Pink Boots

Bronze: Sumerian Brewing Co. - Hopruption Double IPA


Imperial or Double India Pale Ale - Northeastern Sub-Style:

Gold: Trap Door Brewing - Juicy Vuitton

Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing - Onslaught

Bronze: Reuben's Brews - Small Batch Brewery - Triple Crush


Imperial or Double Red Ales:

Gold: Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria - Red Sector

Silver: No-Li Brewhouse - Born & Raised

Bronze: Reuben's Brews - Small Batch Brewery - Life On Mars



Gold: Figurehead Brewing Company - First Leg

Silver: Optimism - Ale X

Bronze: River City Brewing - Colonel Crusher


Belgo-American & International Ales:

Gold: Barrel Mountain Brewing - Silver Star Session

Silver: Chainline Brewing Company - Pump Track

Bronze: Reuben's Brews - Triumvirate


Belgian-Style Witbiers:

Gold: Lowercase Brewing - WITBIER

Silver: E NINE Brewery - E NINE Belgian White

Bronze: Flying Lion Brewing - Belgian Witbier


Belgian Ales:

Gold: Wander Brewing - Wanderale

Silver: Bainbridge Brewing - Bainbridge Blonde

Bronze: Lost Woods Brewery - Lost Woods Belgian


Abbey-Inspired Ales:

Gold: Perihelion Brewery - Quasar

Silver: Cash Brewing Co - Dubbel Header

Bronze: North Fork Pizza & Brewing Inc - Brother Crazy John


Belgian Strong Ales:

Gold: Kulshan Brewing Co. - James Street - Belgian Golden Strong

Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing - Brewhouse Bully

Bronze: Figurehead Brewing Company - Midwatch


Belgian and French Farmhouse Ales:

Gold: Northish Beer Company - Stable Boy

Silver: Optimism - Pride

Bronze: Fortside Brewing Company - Kanaka


Specialty Saisons:

Gold: Aslan Brewing Company - Justice Temple

Silver: Dystopian State - O.G. Farmhouse

Bronze: Cairn Brewing - Winter Sunshine


Brett Beers:

Gold: Standard Brewing - Time Crystals #2

Silver: E NINE Brewery - Aeons

Bronze: E NINE Brewery - Catharsis


Mixed Culture Brett Beers:

Gold: E NINE Brewery - Atma

Silver: Tin Dog Brewing - Mandala

Bronze: Mirage - Drie Valleien


Berliner-Style Weisses:

Gold: Wander Brewing - Foeder-Aged Berliner Weiss

Silver: Ravenna Brewing Company - North Potion

Bronze: Aslan Brewing Company - Disco Lemonade



Gold: Ten Pin Brewing Co. - Guava Gose

Silver: Reuben's Brews - Gose

Bronze: 20 Corners Brewing Company - Mountain Berry Gose


American-Style Sour Ales:

Gold: Stoup Brewing - Pale Sour

Silver: Dirty Bucket Brewing Co - BlackBerry Sour Part Of Our Dirty Lil Pucker Collection

Bronze: Heathen Brewing - Raspberry Rhubarb Sour


Belgian and Wild Sour Beers:

Gold: Elliott Bay Brewing Company LCW - Spontaneous

Silver: Harmon Brewing Company - Flander Red

Bronze: Tin Dog Brewing - Melange Deux


American-Style Fruit Beer:

Gold: Big Block Brewing - Cherry Sour

Silver: Silver City Brewery - Sun Glitter

Bronze: Haywire Brewing Co. - U-PICK STRAWBERRY PALE ALE


Fruit Wheat Beers:

Gold: Populuxe Brewing - Raspberry Wheat

Silver: Ten Pin Brewing - Groove Pineapple Wheat

Bronze: North Jetty Brewing - Another F**king Raspberry Hef


Belgian Fruit Beers:

Gold: E NINE Brewery - The Duel

Silver: E NINE Brewery - MERAKI #2

Bronze: North Fork Pizza & Brewing Inc - No. 13 Baby


Vegetable Beers:

Gold: Airways Brewing - Batch Number 707

Silver: Métier Brewing - Coconut Porter

Bronze: Propolis Brewing - Melissa


Chili Pepper Beers:

Gold: Beardslee Public House - Pepper Lime Pils

Silver: Steam Donkey Brewing Co. - Shindig En Fuego

Bronze: 20 Corners Brewing Company - Pepper Lager


Chocolate or Cocoa Beers:

Gold: Ram Restaurant & Brewery - Cocoa Chaos

Silver: Icicle Brewing Company - DARKER Persuasion

Bronze: Icicle Brewing Company - Dark Persuasion


Coffee Beers:

Gold: Ram Restaurant & Brewery - Udder Chaos

Silver: Georgetown Brewing Company - Bob's Coffee Brown

Bronze: Top Rung Brewing Company - Three Sixty Coffee Red


Herb & Spice Beers:

Gold: Atwood Ales Farm Brewery - Mo's Saison

Silver: Ten Pin Brewing Co. - Horchata Snake Eye Stout

Bronze: Ten Pin Brewing Co. - All About That Bas-Il


Smoke Beers:

Gold: Dru Bru - Rauchbier

Silver: Walking Man Brewing - Zero Bullsh#t Monastery

Bronze: Headless Mumby Brewing - Smoked Rye Lager


Specialty & Historical Beers:

Gold: Populuxe Brewing - Maltøl

Silver: Rooftop Brewing Company - Hoppin' Honey

Bronze: The Pike Brewing Company - Pike Hive Five Honey Ale


Experimental Beers:

Gold: The Hidden Mother Brewery - Pine Tree Peppercorn Saison

Silver: The Hidden Mother Brewery - Morel Mushroom Red

Bronze: Lucky Envelope Brewing - Peanut Butter Cream Stout


Wood & Barrel Aged Beers:

Gold: Willapa Brewing Co - Double Knee Whiskey Stout

Silver: Wander Brewing - Wild Warehouse

Bronze: Ten Pin Brewing - Barrel Aged BeWILDering C


Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Beers:

Gold: Steam Donkey Brewing Co. - Shindig On The Beach

Silver: Fremont Brewing - Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star

Bronze: Loowit Brewing Company - Cryptodome


Wood & Barrel Aged Sour Beers:

Gold: Stoup Brewing - Funky Cold Bordelleaux

Silver: Optimism - Raspberry Solar Punk

Bronze: Wander Brewing - Plum Bob



Gold: Figurehead Brewing Company and Homebrewer Paul Navarrette - Big Wheel Brown (English Brown Ale)

Silver: Lucky Envelope Brewing and Homebrewer Blake Dopeker - Cuke Nukem (Field Beer)

Bronze: Reuben's Brews and Homebrewer Brian Hale - Game Over (Scotch Ale)


Collaboration Beers:

Gold: Lowercase Brewing and Georgetown Brewing - Italian PILSNER

Silver: Trap Door Brewing and Dwinell Country Ales - Gift Horse

Bronze: Flying Lion Brewing and Four Generals Brewing – Weizenbock


Best Washington Agricultural Product Inspired Beer: Propolis Brewing – Cherry Damiana

Best Washington Malt Beer (Sponsored by Skagit Valley Malting): Atwood Ales Farm Brewery – Triticale


Very Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Crosby Hops): Grains of Wrath Brewing

Small Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Washington Hops Commission): Populuxe Brewing

Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by YCH Hops, Yakima Chief – Hopunion): E NINE Brewery

Large Brewery of the Year (Sponsored by Briess Malt and Ingredients): Wander Brewing