2023 Fresh Hop Winners

On behalf of Specialty Competitions LLC and the Washington Beer Commission, we are proud to announce the winners of the second Washington Beer Awards® Fresh Hop Competition.  157 fresh hop beers were entered in the competition by 68 Washington breweries.  All of the beers submitted must have been both brewed, made commercially available in the state of Washington, and utilize fresh hops.  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 summary of results here.

WABA Award


Fresh Hop American-Style Pale Ales:

Gold: Ladd & Lass Brewing - Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Sabro

Silver: Fremont Brewing Company - Field To Ferment

Bronze: McMenamins Breweries - Talus Fresh Hop Pale Ale (Elks Temple Brewery)


Fresh Hop Juicy or Hazy Pale Ales:

Gold: Icicle Brewing Company - Alpenhaze Fresh Hop - Citra

Silver: Triplehorn Brewing Co - Rhinemaiden Fresh

Bronze: PSB - Sabro Freshy IPA


Fresh Hop American-Style Strong Pale Ales:

Gold: Grains Of Wrath Brewing - Built For Speed IPA

Silver: Project 9 Brewing - Fresh Amarillo

Bronze: Cloudburst Brewing - Yakima Caviar


Fresh Hop Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ales:

Gold: Single Hill Brewing Company - Skyfinder

Silver: Georgetown Brewing Co - Get Me Two

Bronze: Trap Door Brewing - Fresh Glowed Up


Fresh Hop American-Style India Pale Ales:

Gold: Old Stove Brewing Company - Mosaic NWIPA

Silver: Bale Breaker Brewing Company - Citra Slicker Fresh Hop IPA

Bronze: Vice Beer - Ya Fresh, Ya Hop, And Ya Don't Quit


Fresh Hop West Coast-Style India Pale Ales:

Gold: Trap Door Brewing - Fresher Than Fresh

Silver: Grains Of Wrath Brewing - Panopticon IPA

Bronze: Cloudburst Brewing - How The Wet Was Won


Fresh Hop Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ales:

Gold: Lumberbeard Brewing - Mosaic Is Fresh

Silver: Stemma Brewing Company - SaBRO That's Fresh

Bronze: Irrelevant Beer - Indifferent Life


Other Fresh Hop Beers:

Gold: Varietal Beer Company - Hyperion

Silver: Lucky Envelope Brewing - Fresh Hop Centennial Pilsner

Bronze: Old Stove Brewing Company - HBC 586 Cold IPA