Maryland Craft Beer Awards

Welcome to a new site page I have added celebrating our award winning Maryland Craft Beer. Annually I relay the winners at the GABF and the Comptroller’s Cup but it is time they have a page dedicated to the awards they receive from across the globe. Congratulations on your victories as they are well deserved. Cheers!

2019 Maryland Craft Beer Competition Winners Announced

August 25, 2019 by Jim Bauckman

Image courtesy of Heavy Seas Beer.

The 2019 Maryland Craft Beer Competition was held in July at Calvert Brewing Company in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. A record number of entries from breweries throughout Maryland were judged by a group of BJCP-certified and volunteers.

Taking the 2019 competition’s top honor is Pounder Pilsner from Heavy Seas Beer in Halethorpe. Earning the “Best in Show” title before peers and fans of craft beer at REVIVE!, a beer and food pairing event held in Ellicott City on Saturday evening, the team from Heavy Seas returns to the brewery with the coveted Maryland Craft Beer Competition cup.

Medals were awarded in 16 style categories for this year’s competition. The full list of results is found below.

Pale Ale

  • Gold – Brewer’s Alley IPA
  • Silver – Monocacy Brewing Company Clear Consciousness Pale Ale
  • Bronze – 7 Locks Brewing Sandy Pointe Blonde Ale

American IPA

  • Gold – 7 Locks Brewing Devil’s Alley IPA
  • Silver – Smoketown Brewing Station Potomac IPA
  • Bronze – Saints Row Brewing Novus 1

Specialty IPA

  • Gold – Monocacy Brewing Company Riot Rye Pale Ale
  • Silver – Elder Pine Brewing and Blending Stargazer
  • Bronze – Heavy Seas Beer En Route

Double IPA

  • Gold – Calvert Brewing Company Playground Legend
  • Silver – Crooked Crab Brewing Company Excessive Juice
  • Bronze – Falling Branch Brewery Illuminate

Juicy or Hazy IPA

  • Gold – Saints Row Brewing Beating the Kobayashi
  • Silver – True Respite Brewing Company Boss
  • Bronze – Manor Hill Brewing Crooked Beak With Passion Fruit

Sour Beers & Wild Ales

  • Gold – Waredaca Brewing Company Fifteen Hands
  • Silver – Olde Mother Fermata
  • Bronze – Crooked Crab Brewing Company A Boysenberry & Blueberry Walked Into A Bar

Smoked or Wood-Aged

  • Gold – Pub Dog Brewing Company & House of Liquors Current Events Barrel Aged Saison
  • Silver – True Respite Brewing Company It Had To Be You
  • Bronze – Oliver Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged Speed of Darkness

Fuit Beers

  • Gold – Manor Hill Brewing Jousting Windmills: Triple Berry Blast
  • Silver – True Respite Brewing Company Peeled: the Dawn Wall
  • Bronze – Brookeville Beer Farm Strawberry Run

Spiced Beer

  • Gold – Union Craft Brewing Ginger Pepper Sour
  • Silver – Brewer’s Alley 1634 Ale
  • Bronze – Monocacy Brewing Brewtus Coffee Imperial Stout

Pale Lager & Pilsner

  • Gold – Heavy Seas Beer Pounder Pilsner
  • Silver – Brewer’s Alley Czech Mate Pilsner
  • Bronze – Silver Branch Brewing Company Glass Castle

Amber, Dark Lagers & Bocks

  • Gold – Union Craft Brewing Blackwing Lager
  • Silver – Barley & Hops Edelbock
  • Bronze – Independent Brewing Company Newkidson Maibock

Porters & Stouts

  • Gold – Manor Hill Brewing Porter
  • Silver – Silver Branch Brewing Company Chronicle
  • Bronze – Franklins Brewery Matryoshka

Wheat Beers

  • Gold – Hysteria Brewing Tipping Point
  • Silver – Silver Branch Brewing Company The Oracle Speaks
  • Bronze – Olde Mother Tempest

Belgian Style Beers

  • Gold – True Respite Brewing Company Two Seater
  • Silver – Independent Brewing Company Blue Eyed Blonde
  • Bronze – True Respite Brewing Company The Plunge

Local Ingredient

  • Gold – Checkerspot Brewing Locally Delicious
  • Silver – Milkhouse Brewery Peach Fieldhand
  • Bronze – Smoketown Brewing Station Maryland Rye Maryland IPA

The 2019 Maryland Craft Beer Competition Gold Medal Class.

Congratulations to all of the winners! Well done!!

RavenBeer Receives 3 “Exceptional” Ratings in the 2019
World Beer Championships

1) RavenBeer (MD) Pendulum Pilsner, 91 Points, Gold Medal, “Exceptional”
2) RavenBeer (MD) 20th Anniversary Raven Special Lager Premium, 92 Points, Gold Medal, “Exceptional”
3) RavenBeer (MD) Raven Special Lager, 94 Points, Gold Medal, “Exceptional”

RavenBeer Receives 3 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal in 2018
International Beer Packaging Competition


1) RavenBeer (MD) 20th Anniversary RavenSpecial Lager Premium Edition Paper Label. Gold Medal
2) RavenBeer (MD) The Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout Tap Handle. Gold Medal, “Best Tap Handle”
3) RavenBeer (MD) The Imp and the Madhouse Oyster Stout Paper Label. Gold Medal, “Best Paper Label”
4) RavenBeer (MD) Four Poes in a Box Case Packaging. Silver Medal, “Best Case”