Four Billings breweries brought home a total of nine medals from the recent North American Beer Awards competition in Idaho Falls.
The competition, sanctioned by the North American Brewers Association, attracted entries from Idaho, Utah, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, California, Colorado, Alaska, Missouri, Hawaii, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts and Minnesota.
Carter’s Brewing led the way for the Billings contingent, bringing home five medals, two of them gold. Canyon Creek Brewing won one, Montana Brewing Co. won two and Uberbrew won one medal.
Montana breweries from Belgrade, Bigfork, Billings, Hamilton, Lakeside, Missoula, Red Lodge, Philipsburg and Whitefish placed in their respective divisions.
“Made in Montana products can’t be beat — and that’s especially true of our craft beers. Our brewers are driving one of our fastest-growing industries,” said Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont. “Congratulations to the Montana entrepreneurs recognized at this year’s awards. I will continue to do everything I can to eliminate red tape and lower taxes for local brewers across our state.”
Walsh recently co-sponsored the BEER Act and the Small BREW Act to reduce the excise tax brewers pay on every barrel they produce.
Montana is home to 46 breweries that employ more than 500 Montanans, with at least six more expected to open later this year. Brewers use more than 6 million pounds of malted grain, much of which is grown in Montana.
Here is a list of Montana Brewers honored in the competition:
Big Sky Brewing in Missoula: Gold Medal in Baltic-Style Porter for Bobo’s Robust Porter; Gold Medal in Honey Beer for Summer Honey;
Bitterroot Brewing in Hamilton: Silver Medal in English-Style Brown Ale for Nut Brown Ale; Silver Medal, Oatmeal Stout, for Bitterroot Oatmeal Stout
Canyon Creek Brewing in Billings: Silver Medal in Golden or Blonde Ale for One Night Stand;
Carter’s Brewing in Billings: Gold Medal in Dubbel for Rob Moore Abbey Ale; Gold Medal in Tripel for The Golden Boy; Silver Medal in Biere de Garde for Biere de Mars 2014; Bronze Medal in Scottish-Style light for Switchyard Scottish Ale; Bronze Medal in Lambic for Franbeaux;
Draught Works Brewery in Missoula: Gold Medal in German-Style Rauchbier for Backdraught; Bronze Medal in Cream Ale for That’s What She Said;
Flathead Lake Brewing Co. in Bigfork: Gold Medal in Flanders-Style Ale for Montucky Sour Brown; Bronze Medal in Belgian Style Ales for Dirty Ginger
Great Northern Brewing Co. in Whitefish: Gold Medal in Hefeweizen for Wheatfish;
Kettle House Brewing in Missoula: Silver Medal in English-Style India Pale Ale for Double Haul; Bronze Medal in English Summer Ale for Fresh Bongwater;
Madison River Brewing Co. in Belgrade: Bronze Medal in American-Style Barley Wine for Frostbite Barley Wine 12;
Montana Brewing Co. in Billings: Bronze Medal in Hefeweizen for Whitetail Wheat; Bronze Medal in Coffee Beers for Beartooth Espresso Porter;
Philipsburg BrewCo. in Philipsburg: Silver Medal in Coffee Beers for Corners Porter;
Tamarack Brewing Co., Lakeside: Gold Medal in Hybrid Style Beers for Blue Jay White IPA; Silver Medal in Carbonated Drinks for Training Wheels Rootbeer;
Uberbrew in Billings: Bronze Medal in Cascadian Style Dark Ale for Black Hops Tactical IPA.
Red Lodge Ales, Red Lodge: Silver medal in the Dark Hefeweizen category.