Washington breweries won 12 awards, including three gold medals, in the 2006 World Beer Cup, the biennial "Olympics of beer."
Medalists, including silver winners from Olympia's Fish Brewing Co. and Silverdale's Silver City Brewing Co., were among 530 brewers from 55 countries competing in 85 categories.
Judging was held over two days this week at the Craft Brewers Conference at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. In all, 109 judges from 17 countries considered 2,221 beers.
Winners were announced Friday night.
Here's the complete list of winners. Washington medalists include:
American-style Extra Special Bitter or Strong Bitter
(8 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Gold: Walking Man IPA, Walking Man Brewing, Stevenson
Experimental Beer (Lager or Ale)
(22 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Gold: Blootvoetse Bruin, Walking Man Brewing, Stevenson
Strong Ale or Lager
(21 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Gold: Dragonstooth Stout, Elysian Brewing Co., Seattle
(17 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Silver: Old Woody, Fish Brewing Co., Olympia
Strong Scotch Ale
(31 entries, gold, silver bronze)
Silver: Fat Bastard, Silver City Brewing Co., Silverdale
Imperial or Double Red Ale
(18 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Silver: Big Phatty, Water Street Brewing & Ale House, Port Townsend
(29 entries, no gold)
Silver: Vienna, Rock Bottom Brewery, Bellevue
Special Bitter or Best Bitter
(23 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Silver: ESB, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham
American-style Strong Pale Ale
(39 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Silver: Hop Bomb IPA, Rock Bottom Brewery, Bellevue
(27 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Bronze: Total Disorder Porter, Ram/Big Horn, Seattle/Tacoma/Lakewood/Lacey/etc.
(16 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Bronze: Cabin Fever, Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham
(10 entries, gold, silver, bronze)
Bronze: Sunnyside Stout, Snipes Mountain Brewery, Sunnyside
Silver City entered seven beers in this year's competition. Fat Bastard was entered in the 2004 World Beer Cup but did not show. Fat Bastard previously earned gold at the Great American Beer Festival and the North American Beer Awards.
"It's great to be recognized," Silver City brewer Don Spencer told me last week. "I think it's a great way to get that kind of reinforcement that we are moving in the right direction and that we are doing things correctly.
"It's not only important as a business and a brewer but also for our guests: They want to know that they're getting something special. It's kind of nice to have an 'expert judge' say this is a medal beer."
Silver City is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.