2020 Honey Beer Competition

2020 Winners

It’s rather fitting that a beer “Dedicated to Bees” took the top spot in the 2020 Honey Beer Competition, which garnered 220 entries from professional brewers throughout the United States. Rogue Ales and Spirits’ Honey Kolsch took Best in Show honors, marking the beer’s return to the top spot after claiming it in the first two Honey Beer Competitions conducted by the National Honey Board.

The Honey Beer Competition was judged by BJCP-certified judges and featured 13 beer style categories, and a cider, hard seltzer and design category. The submitted beers were judged on their aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and the role honey played in the beer.

2020 Honey Beer Competition Winners

Best of Show

Gold

Honey Kölsch
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Newport, Oregon

Best of Show

Silver

Honey Sucker Pils
Roy-Pitz Brewing Company
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Best of Show

Bronze

Honey Shot
Alvarium Beer Company
New Britain, Connecticut

General Lager

GOLD

Honey Sucker Pils
Roy-Pitz Brewing Company
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

SILVER

Mexican Honey Light Lager
Indeed Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota

BRONZE

Mexican Honey Imperial Lager
Indeed Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota

General Ale

GOLD

Honey Kölsch
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Newport, Oregon

SILVER

The Bee’s Sleaze
Twisted Hippo Brewing
Chicago, Illinois

BRONZE

Vanilla Cream Ale
Big Ash Brewing Co.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Amber / Brown

GOLD

Stardog
Mathews Brewing Company
Lake Worth Beach, Florida

SILVER

Avo Toast
CraftHaus Brewery
Henderson, Nevada

BRONZE

Chomolungma
Jackie O’s Brewery
Athens, Ohio

Best Belgian-Style

GOLD

Dance Language
Oxbow Brewing Company
Newcastle, Maine

SILVER

Biere de Fierte
Big aLICe Brewing Company
Long Island City, New York

BRONZE

La Maison
Taxman Brewing Company
Bargersville, Indiana

Fruit / Veg / Spice

GOLD

Archer
Launch Pad Brewery
Aurora, Colorado

SILVER

Spicer St Christmas Ale
Akronym Brewing
Akron, Ohio

BRONZE

Pia Mahi’ai Saison
Honolulu Beerworks
Honolulu, Hawaii

IPA

GOLD

Honey Shot
Alvarium Beer Company
New Britain, Connecticut

SILVER

Two Timing Dutch Honey IPA
Roy-Pitz Brewing Company
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

BRONZE

Honeymaker
Widowmaker Brewing
Braintree, Massachusetts

Braggot

GOLD

Tow City
Obscurity
Maple Park, Illinois

SILVER

Hail/Plight
Sceptre Brewing Arts
Decatur, Georgia

BRONZE

Maggs 59
The Common Beer Company
Mason, Ohio

Stout / Porter

GOLD

Dark Nectar
Grist House Craft Brewery
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

SILVER

Abe’s Honey Porter
Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company
Wayne, Nebraska

BRONZE

Second Helping
Mathews Brewing Company
Lake Worth Beach, Florida

Wheat

GOLD

Honey Weiss
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

SILVER

Orange Blossom Special
Hopfusion Ale Works
Fort Worth, Texas

BRONZE

Queen’s Harvest
Compass Rose Brewery
Raleigh, North Carolina

Sour

GOLD

Microburst
Grist House Craft Brewery
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

SILVER

Rose Hips Don’t Lie
Oozlefinch Beers and Blending
Fort Monroe, Virginia

BRONZE

Giant Steps Blend 3
Perennial Artisan Ales
St. Louis, Missouri

Barrel-Aged

GOLD

Wood Ya Honey
Jackie O’s Brewery
Athens, Ohio

SILVER

BBA Pervasive
Akronym Brewing
Akron, Ohio

BRONZE

Queens Farmhouse
Big aLICe Brewing Company
Long Island City, New York

Cider

GOLD

Rose Cider
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Houston, Texas

SILVER

Muzzle of Bees
Right Bee Cider
Chicago, Illinois

BRONZE

Honey Agave Cider
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Houston, Texas

Other

GOLD

Honey Double Maibock
South Shore Brewery
Ashland, Wisconsin

SILVER

Pervasive
Akronym Brewing
Akron, Ohio

BRONZE

Fungus Shui
Meadowlark Brewing
Sidney, Montana

Hard Seltzer

GOLD

Blackberry Mojito Hydromel
Whistle Hop Brewing Company
Fairview, North Carolina

Design

GOLD

Polymorphism
Speciation Artisan Ales, LLC
Comstock Park, Michigan

SILVER

Miro Miel
East Nashville Beer Works
Nashville, Tennessee

BRONZE

Hoppin’ Honey
Rooftop Brewing Company
Seattle, Washington