There were a mind-boggling 3300 entries this year. In the next few days, I'll repeat last year's exercise of doing a tally of how states did relative to the number of breweries participated. For now, here are Oregon's winners:
|10 Barrel||S1NIST0R Black Ale||Bronze||Out of Category |
|Barley Brown's||Shredders Wheat||Silver||AmericanWheat Beer|
|Barley Brown's||Tumble Off Pale Ale||Bronze||American Pale Ale|
|Bend Brewing||Outback X||Silver||Old/Strong Ale|
|Cascade Brewery||Bourbonic Plague||Gold||Barrel-Aged Sour Beer|
|Cascade Brewery||Vlad the Imp Aler||Silver||Barrel-Aged Sour Beer|
|Deschutes Brewery||Mirror Pond Pale Ale||Silver||English Style Pale Ale|
|Deschutes Brewery||Black Butte Porter||Bronze||Brown Porter|
|Deschutes Brewery||Deschutes Brewery Quad||Bronze||Abbey Ale|
|Full Sail||Session Black||Gold||American-Style Dark Lager|
|Hopworks||Organic Ace of Spades||Gold||Imperial IPA|
|Hopworks||Organic Rise Up Red||Gold||American Amber|
|Laurelwood .||Space Stout||Gold||Foreign Style Stout|
|Laurelwood||Organic Deranger Imperial Red||Bronze||Imperial Red Ale|
|Oakshire||Overcast Espresso Stout||Silver||Coffee Flavored Beer|
|Pelican||Kiwanda Cream Ale||Silver||Golden Ale|
|Pelican||Surfer's Summer Ale||Silver||English Summer Ale|
|Pelican||MacPelican's Wee Heavy Ale||Bronze||Scotch Ale|
|Rogue Ales||Imperial Chocolate Stout||Silver||Herb/Spice/Chocolate Beer|
|Rogue Ales||Mocha Porter||Silver||Robust Porter|
|Widmer||W '10||Gold||Out of Category|
|Widmer||Hefeweizen||Silver||American Wheat Beer |
The whole list of winners is here.
Update. Widmer and 10 Barrel both won medals in a category labeled, mysteriously, "Out of Category - Traditionally Brewed Beer." If you share my interest in that style, I'll reproduce the guideline here. Full descriptions of every style can be found here.
"There are many excellent and popular ales and lagers that are brewed with mostly traditional ingredients and processes, yet their character may vary from styles currently defined or included in these competition guidelines. For example a brewer may formulate a dark stout but may use lager yeast rather than ale yeast, and/or may dry hop with hops more typically used for German-style pilsener. Or perhaps a beer falls out of the color, alcohol or bitterness range of defined styles. This category recognizes undefined beers. They may be light or dark, strong or weak, hoppy or not hoppy. For purposes of this competition, judges recognize that these beers may or may not be highly experimental, but rather may differ subtly from other established guidelines. To allow for accurate judging the brewer must identify the classic or traditional style being elaborated on by name or category number, and the ingredient(s) and/or process(es) by which the entry differs from the classic style. Beer entries not accompanied by this information will be at a disadvantage during judging."
Update #2. A number of breweries won multiple medals, but those that won three or more medal and multiple golds were few. The beeg winners: Chuckanut (WA), 4 medals/2 gold; Flying Dog (MD), 4 medals/3 gold; and Pizza Port (Carlsbad, CA), 7 medals/4 gold. That Pizza Port total is eye-popping, but there's more. Pizza Port has San Clemente and Solana Beach locations, and they both won a gold apiece. Total Pizza Port take: 9 medals, six of the gold. That's a hell of a year.
In the "failed to meet expectation" camp, I would include Sierra Nevada and Boston Beer, who both won just a single medal each. SN took gold for their Kolsch and Boston Beer a silver for their doppelbock.
Update #3. MacTarnahan's took gold in the English Pale category. As strange as that is, this is even stranger (but in a different way): the flagship brew of erstwhile Portland Brewing was listed under Pyramid's tally, as a Washington brewery. Get used to this kind of cognitive dissonance: as consolidation continues in the craft world, we're going to see a lot of strange stuff like this. In this case, a beer brewed in a state and sold there is credited as a win for another state by virtue of being owned by a larger, out-of-state brewery. At least they let Widmer stand as its own brewery, and credited it as an Oregon concern.