Awards

More than 100 entered, but only one came out on top. Gossamer Wings from The Tap Brewery in Bloomington, Indiana, took home Best of Show honors at the 2017 Honey Beer Competition, hosted by the National Honey Board. This year’s competition had 106 made with honey beer entries, which were submitted from craft breweries throughout North America.

The Honey Beer Competition was judged by 14 certified judges from the Beer Judge Certification Program, and featured nine beer style categories and a cider category. The submitted beers were judged on their aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and the role honey played in the beer.

“This is our third year in a row of doubling the previous year’s entries, which is a testament to the value of honey in brewing. It’s amazing to see how the competition has grown in the last three years, and amazing to see honey’s versatility in beer.” Catherine Barry, National Honey Board’s director of marketing, says. “We tasted beers where honey was used to round out the flavor of hop-forward beers, to add floral aromatics to a saison, and to provide a hint of sweetness to a blond ale.”

2017 Honey Beer Competition Winners

Best of Show: Gold

Gossamer Wings
The Tap Brewery
Bloomington, Indiana

Best of Show: Silver

Old Guard
Service Brewing Company
Savannah, Georgia

Best of Show: Bronze

Bragnarok
Against the Grain
Louisville, Kentucky

Best General Lager

Mexican Honey Imperial Lager
Indeed Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Silver

Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils
Pedernales Brewing Co.
Fredericksburg, Texas

Best General Ale

Gossamer Wings
The Tap Brewery
Bloomington, Indiana

Silver

Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale
Yards Brewing Company
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bronze

Brandy Barrel Honey Ale
Goodwood Brewing Co.
Louisville, Kentucky

Best Stout & Porter

Cherry Bomb Imperial Stout
New Bohemia Brewing Company
Santa Cruz, California

Silver

Cape May Honey Porter
Cape May Brewing Company
Cape May, New Jersey

Bronze

Buckwheat Honey Porter
Chicken Lips Farm,
dba Screech Owl Brewing
Mills, West Virginia

Best Belgian-Style Ale

Electric Stinger
The Tap Brewery
Bloomington, Indiana

Silver

Y3B (Year Three Beer) Belgian Tripel
Eagle Creek Brewing Company
Statesboro, Georgia

Bronze

Glitter & Gold
Perennial Artisan Ales
St. Louis, Missouri

Best IPA

Battlewagon
Service Brewing Company
Savannah, Georgia

Silver

Hop Bombinate
The Tap Brewery
Bloomington, Indiana

Bronze

Wilma’s Wandering EyePA
Double Barley Brewing
Smithfield, North Carolina

Best Wheat Beer

Beekeeper Honey Wheat
Gizmo Brewing Works
Raleigh, North Carolina

Silver

Honeysuckle Rose
The Front Brewing Co.
Great Falls, Montana

Bronze

Good Day Sunshine
Kalona Brewing Company
Kalona, Iowa

Best Fruit & Spiced Beer

Rosemary Honey Wheat
The Farm at Broad Run
Broad Run, Virginia

Silver

Lavender Sunflower Honey Dates Honey Ale
Indeed Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bronze

Blueberry Honey Wheat
The Farm Brewery at Broad Run
Broad Run, Virginia

Best Braggot

Bragnarok
Against the Grain
Louisville, Kentucky

Silver

Marionberry Braggot
Rogue Ales
Newport, Oregon

Bronze

Peach Braggot
All or Nothing Brewhouse
Canton, Ohio

Best Cider

Green Mill
Vander Mill
Grand Haven, Michigan

Silver

Zombie Killer
B. Nektar
Ferndale, Michigan

Bronze

Besieged
Vander Mill
Grand Haven, Michigan

Best Honey – Other Category

Old Guard
Service Brewing Company
Savannah, Georgia

Silver

Bruery Terreux Hoarders Cuvée 2016
Bruery Terreux
Placentia, California

Bronze

Cabernet Barrel Aged Apis IV
Elevation Beer Company
Poncha Springs, Colorado