By Gail Oberst
If you had any doubts that Oregon beer is the greatest, results of the World Beer Cup Awards presented at the Craft Brewers Conference results last month should have put them to rest. For its beers and brewers, Oregon won 17 medals and a Champion Brewery and Brewmaster award in the Small Brewing Company category. Nine of the medals were gold, tying with California for the most coveted bling.
Getting one of these awards is no small feat: the biennial international contest drew 4,754 entries from 58 countries. Several of Oregon’s breweries won multiple awards and three of the beers entered – Bend Brewing’s Ching Ching, Widmer’s Hefeweizen and Pelican’s Kiwanda Cream Ale – also were winners in 2012. And – to dispel the urban myth that all good beer comes from Portland – 11 of the 17 Oregon awards went to non-Portland breweries. Counting Hood River, five of those rural breweries were from east of the Cascades. Portlanders: this is your call to hit the road. More delicious Oregon beer awaits you just beyond your borders.
Still basking in its Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year award from the Great American Brew Festival (GABF), Pelican Brewery’s Darron Welch and Steve Panos earned bragging rights to the title “World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster” in the Small Brewing Company category. This is the third time Pelican has won the World Beer Cup award. Way to represent, Pelican.
“We’re very proud of our team and the awards they brought home,” said company officials.
Old Town Brewing doubled its anniversary celebration April 15 when it heard about its two medals — not the first for the company that has been brewing since 2008. The company’s pizza restaurant was also celebrating its 40th anniversary in business.
Little Chetco Brewing in Brookings turned one year old in April with a World Beer Cup medal in its hands. “It’s still sinking in,” said Michael Frederick, brewer. The brewery doesn’t have its own taproom … yet. Its beers are available at Vista Pub, 1009 Chetco Ave., Brookings.
Exclamation marks flew like foam across the web-osphere after the awards were handed out April 11. “Raise the Flag!” said Pete Ricks of Beer Valley in Ontario, referring to its gold-winning Black Flag Imperial Stout. Weighing in at 11% ABV, Black Flag was Beer Valley’s first beer, first brewed in 2007. Proving his GABF gold medals were no fluke, Tyler Brown of Barley Brown’s won gold for yet another beer: Turmoil, an American black IPA.
Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer, 23 Entries
Bronze: DD Blonde, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene
Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast, 25 Entries
Gold: Hefeweizen, Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland
Category 5: Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer, 57 Entries
Gold: Cucumber Crush, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend
Category 18: American-Style Sour Ale, 32 Entries
Bronze: Ching Ching, Bend Brewing Co., Bend
Category 19: American-Style Brett Beer, 35 Entries
Bronze: Flemish Kiss, The Commons Brewery, Portland
Category 20: Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer, 40 Entries
Gold: Pipewrench, Gigantic Brewing, Portland
Category 47: German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch, 65 Entries
Silver: I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch, Old Town Brewing Co., Portland
Category 64: Other Belgian-Style Ale, 55 Entries
Gold: Cerasus, Logsdon Organic Farm Brewery, Hood River
Category 66: English-Style Summer Ale, 31 Entries
Gold: Mother Lode Golden Ale, Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portland
Category 70: English-Style India Pale Ale, 41 Entries
Silver: Silverspot IPA, Pelican Brewery, Pacific City
Category 71: Scottish-Style Ale, 30 Entries
Gold: Scottish Ale, Two Kilts Brewing Co., Sherwood
Category 81: Irish-Style Red Ale, 46 Entries
Bronze: Paulie’s Not Irish Red, Old Town Brewing Co., Portland
Category 84: Golden or Blonde Ale, 67 Entries
Gold: Kiwanda Cream Ale, Pelican Brewery, Pacific City
Category 87: American-Style India Pale Ale, 224 Entries
Bronze: Citrus Mistress, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Eugene
Category 92: American-Style Black Ale, 77 Entries
Gold: Turmoil, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Baker City
Category 94: American-Style Imperial Stout, 60 Entries
Gold: Black Flag Imperial Stout, Beer Valley Brewing Co., Ontario
Silver: Block & Tackle Stout, Chetco Brewing Co., Brookings