Kick-Off Arizona Beer Week with a Medal Winner from the Arizona Craft Beer Awards

Matthew JohnsonFebruary 16, 2023
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Arizona Beer Week 2023 is underway! From February 16 to 26, breweries around Arizona will highlight what they do best with special events and most will pour their brews at Strong Beer Fest on Saturday, February 18.

If you’re looking for an award-winning beer — as judged by an expert panel — here’s a reminder of the medal winners from the inaugural Arizona Craft Beer Awards in October 2022.

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A special thanks to the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild for all the hard work behind-the-scenes to coordinate beer judge training sessions, gathering beer submissions, encouraging brewery participation, setting up the judging day at Shamrock Foods and hosting the awards ceremony.

In it’s inaugural year, 40+ Arizona breweries submitted 150+ beers for the judging that took place on Saturday, September 17. With the expertise of Melissa Osborne from Four Peaks Brewing and Chip Mulala from Huss Brewing, beers were sorted into 14 categories for the panel of 30+ judges to rate based on GABF guidelines.

Here’s who came out on top in 2022!

BREWERY OF THE YEAR: Oro Brewing Co. (Mesa)

Oro Brewing in Mesa
Oro Brewing in Mesa

BEST IN SHOW

Monsoon IPA (courtesy PHX Beer Co. Facebook)
Monsoon IPA (courtesy PHX Beer Co. Facebook)

GOLD
PHX Beer Co.
Monsoon IPA

SILVER
OHSO Brewery
Boom Dynamite

BRONZE
Flying Basset Brewing
El Capitan Cerveza Lager

SPECIALTY

Boom Dynamite (courtesy OHSO Gilbert Facebook)
Boom Dynamite (courtesy OHSO Gilbert Facebook)

GOLD
OHSO Brewery
Boom Dynamite

SILVER
Beer Research Institute
Common Good

BRONZE
Greenwood Brewing
Rosemary IPA

LAGER

El Capitan Cerveza (photo courtesy Flying Basset Brewing Co. Facebook)
El Capitan Cerveza (photo courtesy Flying Basset Brewing Co. Facebook)

GOLD
Flying Basset Brewing Co.
El Capitan Cerveza

SILVER
Wren House Brewing
Valley Beer

BRONZE
Fate Brewing
Local Lager

AMERICAN IPA

Monsoon IPA (courtesy PHX Beer Co. Facebook)
Monsoon IPA (courtesy PHX Beer Co. Facebook)

GOLD
PHX Beer Co.
Monsoon

SILVER
Helluva Brewing
Coast to Coast

BRONZE
Uncle Bear’s Brewery
Ocean Beach West Coast Style IPA

AMERICAN FRUIT BEER

Salt River Lager (photo from Historic Brewing Company Facebook)
Salt River Lager (photo from Historic Brewing Company Facebook)

GOLD
Historic Brewing Company
Salt River Lager

SILVER
OHSO Brewery
Popcycle Blonde

BRONZE
Saddle Mountain Brewing Company
Strawberry Bitch

FRUIT WHEAT BEER

Trigo Suave from Oro Brewing Company
Trigo Suave from Oro Brewing Company

GOLD
Oro Brewing Company
Trigo Suave

SILVER
Greenwood Brewing
Belle Blueberry Wheat

BRONZE
Four Peaks Brewing
Joy Bus WOW Wheat

HERB/SPICE/COFFEE

Alewife's Pumpkin Pie Marzen at Desert Monks Brewing in Gilbert
Alewife's Pumpkin Pie Marzen at Desert Monks Brewing in Gilbert

GOLD
Desert Monks Brewing
Alewife’s Pumpkin Pie Marzen

SILVER
OHSO Brewery
Sudoku

BRONZE
Beer Research Institute
Morning Sex

SOUR/WILD

Sour Berry Burst (photo courtesy Helluva Brewing Company Facebook)
Sour Berry Burst (photo courtesy Helluva Brewing Company Facebook)

GOLD
Helluva Brewing Company
Sour Berry Burst

SILVER
Grand Avenue Brewing Company
Tartonic Berliner Weisse

BRONZE
The Shop Beer Co.
Neonic Orange Julius

WOOD BARREL-AGED

Vanilla Vapor (courtesy Ad Astra Brewing Company Facebook)
Vanilla Vapor (courtesy Ad Astra Brewing Company Facebook)

GOLD
Ad Astra Brewing Company
Vanilla Vapor

SILVER
Mudshark Brewery
Bustin Nuts

BRONZE
Ad Astra Brewing Company
Flightwave Bourbon Maple

JUICY/HAZY IPA

La Ciudad (photo courtesy Arizona Wilderness Brewing Facebook)
La Ciudad (photo courtesy Arizona Wilderness Brewing Facebook)

GOLD
Arizona Wilderness Brewing
La Ciudad

SILVER
OHSO Brewery
Campy

BRONZE
Wren House Brewing
Spellbinder

PILSNER/HELLES

Pedal Haus Pilsner (courtesy Pedal Haus Brewery Facebook)
Pedal Haus Pilsner (courtesy Pedal Haus Brewery Facebook)

GOLD
Pedal Haus
Pedal Haus Pilsner

SILVER
Dragoon Brewing Company
Dragoon Pils

BRONZE
Four Peaks Brewing
Golden Lager

OKTOBERFEST

GOLD
LOOK Brewing
LOOKtoberfest

SILVER
OHSO Brewery
Bob’s Your Dunkel

BRONZE
Huss Brewing
Oktoberfest

AMBER/STOUT/PORTER

Oro Brewing Co. head brewer Jesse Kortepeter and owner Dave Valencia
Oro Brewing Co. head brewer Jesse Kortepeter and owner Dave Valencia

GOLD
Oro Brewing Company
Sabastian’s Porter

SILVER
Dragoon Brewing
Sonoran Amber

BRONZE
Saddle Mountain Brewing
ClanDestine

GOLD/BLONDE

Oro Brewing Co. owner Dave Valencia and head brewer Jesse Kortepeter
Oro Brewing Co. owner Dave Valencia and head brewer Jesse Kortepeter

GOLD
Oro Brewing Company
Inside the Park

SILVER
Barrio Brewing
Barrio Blonde Ale

BRONZE
MotoSonora Brewing
Belly Tank Blonde

BELGIAN/HEFE/WHEAT

Grand Quad (photo courtesy Grand Avenue Brewing Facebook)
Grand Quad (photo courtesy Grand Avenue Brewing Facebook)

GOLD
Grand Avenue Brewing
Grand Quad

SILVER
Pueblo Vida Brewing
HEF

BRONZE
Grand Avenue Brewing
Golden Devil

BEST CAN ART/PACKAGING

Wren House Festbier
Wren House Festbier

GOLD
Wren House Brewing
Festbier

SILVER
Bone Haus Brewing
Head Harvester Pumpkin Pie Amber Ale

BRONZE
Goldwater Brewing
Dynamite IPA