The annual Best of Craft Beer Awards brings together an all-star panel of beer judges for its annual beer judging event in Bend, Oregon each February. Judges from around the world make the treacherous journey over snow-covered passes into Bend for a weekend of focused tasting, notes and deliberations to determine which beers are the best examples of each style in 90 style categories.
While entries poured in from around the globe, only 162 breweries from a combined 33 states received an award. In total, 262 medals were awarded from the assembled group of 96 judges.
It’s a great honor to receive an award from the competition and Vancouver breweries Loowit Brewing and Brothers Cascadia Brewing brought home 2 silver and one bronze respectively.
Loowit was awarded their first silver medal for a collaboration beer they made with Boundary Bay Brewing in Bellingham, WA. Chance The Raptor is a doppelbock brewed on Loowit’s system this fall and released in December. Its second place finish was in the German-style doppelbock category where Flix Brewhouse from Carmel, Indiana took gold.
Loowit’s other silver medal was for their flagship Two-Sixteen Red in the Irish-style Red Ale category. This category was dominated by 3 breweries no more than 10 miles apart from each other, as the crow flies. Ancestry Brewing of Tualatin, OR took gold while Old Town Brewing of Portland, OR brought back the bronze.
Photo: Brothers Cascadia Brewing
Brothers Cascadia Brewing’s bronze medal came out of the ultra-stiff competition in the Session IPA category for their Best Day Ever Session IPA. Best Day Ever is full and juicy blend of citrus and tropical fruits on the nose. It’s light body and gentle bitterness leaves you ready for the next pint.
As of this writing, these beers are available on tap at the breweries for you to enjoy! Raise a glass of award-winning beer!
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