NAGBW announces 2019 awards in beer journalism

04 Oct 2019 2:57 PM | Bryan Roth (Administrator)

The North American Guild of Beer Writers held its annual awards ceremony Oct. 4. Congratulations to all our winners:

Best Book

  1. The Beer Lover's Table: Seasonal Recipes and Modern Beer Pairings by Claire Bullen

  2. Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint by John Holl

  3. Brew Beer Like a Yeti: Traditional Techniques and Recipes for Unconventional Ales, Gruits, and Other Ferments Using Minimal Hops by Jereme Zimmerman

Honorable Mention: The Widmer Way: How Two Brothers Led Portland's Craft Beer Revolution by Jeff Alworth

Best Blog

  1. Banquet and Chill by Kyle Kastranec

  2. Beervana by Jeff Alworth

  3. Brussels Beer City by Eoghan Walsh

Best Beer Podcast/Broadcast

  1. Craft Beer Channel by Jonathan Garrett

  2. Fermentation Beer and Brewing Radio by Emma Inch

  3. Good Beer Hunting Podcast by Good Beer Hunting 

Honorable Mention: Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine Podcast by John Holl

Best Short Form Writing

  1. Zwickelbier: It's time for this beer trend to take off by Zak Stambor, Chicago Tribune

  2. B-Roll: No. 444 by Kyle Kastranec, Good Beer Hunting 

  3. B-Roll: No. 439 by Lily Waite, Good Beer Hunting

Best Beer Review

  1. Beer Actually: Abnormal Beer Co. Portfolio by Ian Cheesman, West Coaster SD

  2. Beer Bust: The pop-up from acclaimed Danish brewery Mikkeller is the talk of Portland beer. But the brew doesn’t live up to the hype. By Andi Prewitt, Willamette Week

  3. The OGs of Craft Beer: Great Lakes Brewing Edmund Fitzgerald Porter by David Nilsen, Porch Drinking

Honorable Mention: Deep Six: DEYA Brewing Company’s Steady Rolling Man Pale Ale by Lily Waite, Good Beer Hunting

Best Technical Writing

  1. An Uncharted Wilderness — Understanding Hop Compound Biotransformation by Claire Bullen, Good Beer Hunting

  2. If You Know, You Know — The Secret Handshake of Side-Pull Taps by Evan Rail, Good Beer Hunting

  3. Getting Up Close with Glycol by Brian Yaeger, Craft Beer & Brewing

Honorable Mention: Beer At Zero: Breweries Explore the Non-Alcohol Space by John Holl, Craft Beer & Brewing

Best Beer and Food Writing

  1. Cooking With Beer: Local chefs talk braising, baking, glazing, and barbecuing with America’s favorite after-work beverage by Anne-Fitten Glenn, Edible Asheville

  2. How to Host a Winter Beer, Cheese & Charcuterie Pairing by Jeremy Storton,

  3. Dressing Up Beer by Crystal and Tara Luxmore, Food & Drink

Honorable Mention: GBH Provisions — Grilled Langoustines with Seaweed Butter and Smashed Potatoes with Anderson Valley Gose by Claire Bullen, Good Beer Hunting 

Best Beer Criticism or Commentary

  1. The Fraudulent Influencer by Douglas J. Veliky, Beer Crunchers

  2. Anheuser-Busch says it's ready for transparency. It's not. by Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune

  3. Six Changes the Great American Beer Festival Should Consider for 2019 by Jonathan Shikes, Westword 

Best Business Writing

  1. Brutal Honesty: A Brewery Owners Shares His Survival Guide After Losing $800k to DME by Crystal Luxmore, The Growler (Canada)

  2. Suds To Buds: Why Cannabis Is Pulling Talent From Craft Beer by Crystal Luxmore, Lift & Co.

  3. Anheuser-Busch on its way to becoming king of craft beer too by Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune

Honorable mention: Craft Breweries Defy Convention By Beginning To Drop Prices by Tara Nurin, Forbes

Best History Writing

  1. Missing Ingredients — The (Incomplete) Story of Thomas Jefferson’s Unsung Brewer by J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Good Beer Hunting

  2. The Great New York 'Bier' Trials; Or how Lager Changed America by Lee Graves,

  3. Tiny Bubbles — How Nitrogenation Changed Beer Forever by Evan Rail, Good Beer Hunting

Best Beer and Travel Writing

  1. A Slingshot Against the Colossus — Exploring Croatia’s Rising Beer Scene by Claire Bullen, Good Beer Hunting

  2. In Xiamen, Fat Fat Beer Horse Loves Beer, So They Make Their Own by Brian Spencer, Beer Travelist

  3. Finding Community on Foot: My 100-mile Denver Brew Hike by Liz Thomas, 

Best National or International Reporting

  1. Instrumental by Breandán Kearney, Belgian Beer & Food

  2. A Story of Resilience — Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California by Alyssa Pereira, Good Beer Hunting

  3. If You’re Not First, You’re Last — Why Michelob Ultra is the Most Important American Beer Since Bud Light by Bryan Roth, Good Beer Hunting

Honorable Mention: Is Beer Loyalty Dead? by Kate Bernot, The Takeout

Honorable Mention: In Vinocervisia Veritas: The Rise of Wine Beers by Brian Yaeger,

Best Local Reporting

  1. In Trump era, breweries and bars wear politics on their sleeves by Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune

  2. Craft Beer's New Reality by Ed Sealover, Denver Business Journal

  3. Fresh Fest black beer fest makes connections and history by Bob Batz Jr., Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Honorable Mention: City Beer Moves Up: How one small underground shop changed the SF beer scene by Steve Shapiro and Gail Ann Williams, Beer by BART

Honorable Mention: It's Oktoberfest! What happened to German beer culture in Chicago? By Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune

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