Reuben’s Brews earns top honors in the Hazy IPA category

In all, four Washington breweries earned recognition this year

The United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC) recently completed the summer 2022 event of its 28th annual competition. A total of 726 beers from 180 breweries were examined across 18 different style categories. Within each category, the USBTC determined both a Regional Champion and an Honorable Mention from each of the seven U.S. regions, including the Northwest/Pacific region. On top of that, one beer from each category was named National Grand Champion. This time around, four of Washington’s breweries earned recognition, including the National Grand Champion of the Hazy IPA category. (Winners listed below.)

The USBTC takes a unique approach in that its competition is held in multiple stages. Sequential field trials are conducted wherein judges evaluate beers and select the best to advance to subsequent rounds. This allows beers to be judged in relatively small flights while ensuring that the best beers are still determined through head-to-head competition. The judging is conducted using a typical blind-tasting format.

For each region, the USBTC awards a Regional Champion and an Honorable Mention (optional) in each style category. Presumably, it is the Grand Champion is the beer that earns the most overall points in the judging, though I am not certain about the exact methodology.

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Here is the list of Washington beers and breweries that earned recognition. See the complete list of all winners from all regions here.

  • Category: Hazy IPA.Grand Champion, PNW Crush, Reuben’s Brews.
  • Category: India Pale Ale. Gorgeous IPA, Reuben’s Brews. Regional Champion.
  • Category: India Pale Ale. Space Needle IPA, Pike Brewing. Honorable Mention.
  • Category: Hazy IPA. PNW Crush, Reuben’s Brews. Regional Champion.
  • Category: Hazy IPA. Eddy Hopper IPA Old, Schoolhouse Brewery. Honorable Mention.
  • Category: Pale Ale. Epiphany Pale, Old Schoolhouse Brewery. Regional Champion.
  • Category: Pale Ale. Hop Tropic, Reuben’s Brews. Honorable Mention.
  • Category: Belgian Wit Shrouded Summit, Ghostfish Brewing Company. Regional Champion.
  • Category: Pilsner. Pils, The Pike Brewing Company. Regional Champion.
  • Category: Pilsner. Světlé, Reuben’s Brews. Honorable Mention.
  • Category: Dortmunder/Helles. Wolfsburg Helles, Reuben’s Brews. Regional Champion.
  • Category: Multigrain. Three Ryes Men, Reuben’s Brews. Regional Champion.

As with any beer judging competition, we only know which breweries and beers earned recognition. We do not know who did and did not submit beer for judging.

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