Awards

More than 160 entered, but only one came out on top. Biloba Frambois from Biloba Brewing in Brookfield, Wisconsin, took home Best of Show honors at the 2018 Honey Beer Competition, hosted by the National Honey Board. This year’s competition had 167 made with honey beer entries, which were submitted from craft breweries throughout North America.

The Honey Beer Competition was judged by 20 certified judges from the Beer Judge Certification Program and featured eleven beer style categories and one cider category. The submitted beers were judged on their aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and the role honey played in the beer. New to this year’s competition was a design category, which recognized the best honey or honey bee-related packaging graphics.

2018 Honey Beer Competition Winners

Best of Show: Gold

Biloba Frambois (Raspberry)
Biloba Brewing LLC
Brookfield, Wisconsin

Best of Show: Silver

Michigan Honey
Virtue Cider
Fennville, Michigan

Best of Show: Bronze

Double Barrel Honey Dip Stout
Able Baker Brewing Company
Las Vegas, Nevada

Best General Lager

Bit O’ Honey Brown Lager
Denver Beer Co. – Olde Town
Arvada, Colorado

Silver

Karl
Strap Tank Brewing Co.
Springville, Utah

Bronze

Mexican Honey Imperial Lager
Indeed Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best Fruit/Vegetable Beer

LSD Honey Ale
Indeed Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Silver

Amy
Big Beach Brewing Company
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Bronze

Ginger Bloom
Owl Farm Unique Fermentations
Vista, California

Best General Ale

Bee Enlightened Honey Kolsch
Half Full Brewery
Stamford, Connecticut

Silver

Scarlet Honey Hoppy Red Ale
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Goochland, Virginia

Bronze

Mountain Man
Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Co.
Great Falls, Montana

Best IPA

Honey Double IPA
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Silver

SBC 4 Anniversary Milkshake IPA
Service Brewing Company
Savannah, Georgia

Bronze

Hipster Dance Party
East Nashville Beer Works
Nashville, Tennessee

Best Belgian-Style Ale

Apis IV
Elevation Beer Co.
Poncha Springs, Colorado

Silver

Belgian Honey Blonde
No Clue Craft Brewery
Rancho Cucamonga, California

Bronze

Macho Abeja
FiftyFifty Brewing Company
Truckee, California

Best Braggot

Heaven and Heathen
Guadalupe Brewery & Mjodhall Meadery Collaboration
Carlsbad, California

Silver

Brother’s Keeper Imperial Braggot
Booze Brothers Brewing Co.
Vista, California

Bronze

All in the Family
Fleur De Lis Brew Works
Seneca Falls, New York

Best Stout/Porter

Honey Dip Stout
Able Baker Brewing Company
Las Vegas, Nevada

Silver

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

Best Wheat Beer

Orange Ave. Wit
Coronado Brewing Company
San Diego, California

Silver

Orange Blossom Honey Wheat
North Country Brewing Company
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

Bronze

Shenanigans Summer Ale
Indeed Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Best Sour

Biloba Frambois (Raspberry)
Biloba Brewing LLC
Brookfield, Wisconsin

Silver

Dutch Door
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Capitola, California

Bronze

Trio
Upland Brewing Co
Bloomington, Indiana

Best Barrel-Aged Beer

Double Barrel Honey Dip Stout
Able Baker Brewing Company
Las Vegas, Nevada

Silver

In Medias Res (Chardonnay)
Kent Falls Brewing Company
Kent, Connecticut

Bronze

Antik
Jackie O’s Brewery
Athens, Ohio

Best Cider

Michigan Honey
Virtue Cider
Fennville, Michigan

Silver

Honey Pear
Locust Cider
Woodinville, Washington

Bronze

Texas Honey Cider
Austin Eastciders
Austin, Texas

OTHER

Plum Surprise
Migration Brewing Company
Portland, Oregon

Silver

Fleurs du Soleil
Twin Leaf Brewery
Asheville, North Carolina

Bronze

Chomolungma Honey Nut Brown Ale
Jackie O’s Brewery
Athens, Ohio

Best Design/Packaging

L’Apiculteur
Central State Brewing
Indianapolis, Indiana

Silver

Fleurs du Soleil
Twin Leaf Brewery
Asheville, North Carolina

Bronze

Pollen Nation Honey Blonde
Evans Brewing Company
Irvine, California