It’s time to celebrate the best of Oregon beer with the party that the industry so deserves- at the 6th annual Oregon Beer Awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 18th from 6-10pm at Revolution Hall. Tickets are now available for this sell-out event with industry luminaries and legends of Oregon beer- where this year’s best brewers, beers, bottle shops, taprooms and festivals will be crowned.
Oregon Beer Awards is the state’s premiere beer competition and one of the few in the nation to feature an awards show open to the public.The 2020 Oregon Beer Awards Ceremony is a multi-media show, with more than two dozen beers pouring for attendees, where brewers and industry pros take the stage to mount acceptance speeches, with live music and funny, touching video tributes. (Watch last years live stream of the 2019 awards here)
This years OBA’s will be the largest yet, with 41 different categories receiving awards. Over 1,000 beers will be tasted, swirled, sniffed and prodded at a double blind tasting competition held in January at Maletis Beverage. A group of more than 60 judges comprised of brewers, writers, and cicerones will award gold, silver and bronze awards in 30 beer style categories (up from 25 last year). The 2020 competition has condensed or eliminated 3 beer style categories from last year and 5 new styles have been added: Juicy/Hazy beers now have session, standard and Imperial categories, Barrel-Aged and Adjunct Stouts have their own category, and the Emerging IPA has been created to recognize innovation in hoppy ales. The Brewery of the Year awards will be handed out to medal winners based on judged beer scoring for the best small, medium and large brewing operations.
The split of the categories is intended to reflect the Oregon beer market as it is currently popularly segmented, while also allowing for all styles to be entered in some category. For example, we’ve added categories for hazy hoppy beers and overhauled the way fruit beers are entered in order to acknowledge their ongoing popularity with brewers and consumers. The split of categories will evolve from year to year based on market trends, judge and brewer input, and the number of entries in a category.
In addition, the OBA Voting Academy (comprised of over 200 members with industry backgrounds) will vote on 8 non-beer style categories: Best Bottle Shop, Best Beer Bar, Best New Brewery, Best Festival, Best Brewpub, Best Beer Label, Best Regional Breweries, and the Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award. Several categories have been altered, created or eliminated this year. Past years have seen one winner for best bottle shop/beer bar, this year will recognize a winner in both. Last years Best Branding award has been altered to Best Beer Label. Brewer of the Year is typically awarded based on both academy votes and judged competition but will now be determined solely by the judged beer competition. In its place, a new “Regional Brewery of the Year” award has been created.
Tickets for the public are just $20 and available at https://bit.ly/2S2Nfr9. $1 of every ticket goes to our non-profit partner Oregon Wild. Oregon Wild works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians.
Ben Edmunds [email protected] – Co-Founder, Competition Director
Ezra Johnson-Greenough [email protected] – Co-Founder, Academy President, Media Director
Rachel Coddington [email protected] – Program Director
Jenn McPoland [email protected] – Co-lead steward
Jeremie Landers [email protected] – Co-lead steward