There are over 300 licensed breweries now operating in the State of Washington. Each summer, the Washington Brewers Guild assembles those breweries for a festival and awards event at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA for the WA Beer Awards.

On Saturday, June 18th the 2016 winners were announced. Three beers were chosen for Gold, Silver or Bronze medals across just over 40 different style categories.

Vancouver’s winners are:

Fortside Wins at Washington Beer Awards


Fortside Brewing

Fortside snatched up two medals! They’re bringing home GOLD for Cocoa-Fied Imperial Stout and SILVER for Barrel-Fied Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. These are the first medals for the less-than-a-year-old brewery that is already accomplishing the mission it set out on – ‘to make Southwest Washington #BEERSTRONG’!

Ghost Runners wins at Washington Beer Awards

Ghost Runners Brewery

If you’ve visited Ghost Runners, you know what they’re all about – medals. But the medals you’ll find strewn about their tables are for participation in their other passion – running. This medal isn’t likely to be available for you to fondle while you sip a 5K IPA or Hellacious Repeats. Ghost Runners brought home SILVER for their Phantom Rojo in the Imperial Red Ale category!

Heathen Wins at Washington Beer Awards

Heathen Brewing

The tribe at Heathen took in the most medals among Vancouver breweries! That leaves not much to say except to tell you what beers took home which medals. GOLD for Absolution Kolsch. GOLD for Vantucky Pale. SILVER for Highland Charge Wee Heavy. SILVER for Mighty Craic Irish Red. (Heathen also snatched up some North American Beer Awards medals in Boise last month!)

Loowit wins at Washington Beer Awards

Loowit Brewing Company

Just as these guys were coming down off the high of their World Beer Cup medal in April, they’ve swept up 3 more accolades at the Washington Beer Awards. Of course, Grimlock Rye Porter – the World Beer Cup Silver Award Winner – took GOLD in the Rye Beer category within the great State of Washington. Loowit grabbed a second GOLD for Two-Sixteen Red along with SILVER for Flawless Victory IPA!

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