We are proud to present the annual Washington Beer Awards, a craft beer competition designed specifically to support Washington’s professional brewers. This Washington-only competition provides an opportunity for all of Washington’s craft brewers to compete in a blind judging format. It recognizes brewing excellence in Washington and provides constructive feedback supporting future competition entry decisions. By providing an unbiased and affordable competition for Washington brewers, it allows all brewers to compete and raises awareness of Washington craft beer both within the state and on the national level.
This competition provides a venue for Washington brewers to compete locally and receive high caliber of judging. It is open strictly to Washington brewers and leverages trained judges with a focus on providing feedback tailored for the commercial community. Judging is be conducted using the nationally recognized Brewers Association style guidelines.
The 2023 competitions will be time in September (main)/October (fresh hop) with medals will be provided to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and special awards provided to breweries with many winning beers. Winners are announced and medals awarded at a ceremony aligned with a major beer event (like the Washington Brewers Festival or Washington Craft Beer Summit). The competition is run by the longest running organizers of the largest beer competitions in the Northwest. With Master Judge certifications, the organizers bring the best of Washington's judging community to celebrate the best of Washington's beers. (Please note, the Washington Beer Awards are not run by either the Washington Beer Commission or Washington Brewers Guild - the organizers work with these two organizations to maximize elevation of the awards).
The open registration period is held in July. Details on entering can be found here.
Get ready to recognize the best of Washington's excellent craft beers!