Three northern Nevada breweries brought home a total of 9 medals (5 Gold!) from the 2018 Best of Craft Beer Awards which took place, January 26 – 28, in Bend, OR. The local winners are list is below.

IMBĪB Custom Brews was the “Brew Master”, bringing home 5 medals. The brewery won the most medals of any single location, independent craft brewery in the nation.

The Best of Craft Beer Awards saw 245 medals awarded from over 2,000 entries from breweries in 44 states, Canada, Columbia and Belguim. Beers were judged in over 156 different style categories in accordance with Brewers Association style guidelines. In just 5 years, this competition has grown into the third largest professional brewing competition in the country.

You can see the complete list of winners HERE.

Of note…
The only Nevada medal winners were from the Reno/Sparks area.
In 2017, Nevada breweries brought home 10 medals.
This year a total of 5 NV breweries sent entries.
At the top – 57 Oregon breweries sent entries. 36 won a total of 70 medals.

Award    Category  Brewery  Beer

Bronze    American Origin Lager    Brasserie Saint James    Santiago

Bronze    American-Style Fruit Beer   IMBĪB Custom Brews    Black Currant Nevada Weisse

Gold    Belgian Style Lambic or Fruit Lambic or Gueuze Lambic   Brasserie Saint James    Lambic Grand Cru

Gold    Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale  IMBĪB Custom Brews    IMBĪB Flanders Red Ale

Silver   Berliner-Style Weisse  IMBĪB Custom Brews    Nevada Weisse

Gold    Berliner-Style Weisse with Fruit or Flavor Added  IMBĪB Custom Brews    Huckleberry Nevada Weisse

Gold    German-Style Altbier   Great Basin Brewing Company    Wild Horse Alt

Bronze    Golden or Blonde Ale  Great Basin Brewing Company    39N Blonde Ale

Gold    Mixed-Culture Brett Beer or Wild Beer  IMBĪB Custom Brews    Abiogenesis #5

In a press release, co-founder, Matt Johnson said “We are excited that our small Nevada brewery successfully competed with the best craft brewers around the country and the world and received recognition for our hand-crafted beers. We are inspired and motivated to keep brewing great beer…” The brewery has won a medal for their Nevada Weisse three years straight.

Congratulations to all the breweries who received medals! Many of these beers are still around town so check them out.

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