September is National Honey Month! The National Honey Board just announced the results of their 4th Annual Honey Beer Competition. More than 165 beers made with honey competed in their beer style category and Best in Show.

Biloba Frambois from Bioloba Brewing from Brookfield, Wisconsin, went home with Best in Show honors, and first place in the Sour category. A Lambic-style ale with 4- and 1-year old Lambic from Lactic Bacteria. Raspberry was the dominate aroma and taste with flavors of Lambic throughout with a tart finish.

The Honey Beer Competition had 20 judges that are certified through the Beer Judge Certification Program and featured 11 beer style categories and one cider category. The new category for this year was the design category, that was for graphic design packaging relating to the best honey or honey bee. A total of 167 beers were submitted from throughout North America that were either honey beers and/or ciders from craft breweries and cideries.

Best in Show Winners

  • Gold Medal: Bilboa Frambois — Biloba Brewing, Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Silver Medal: Michigan Honey — Virtue Cider, Fennville, Michigan
  • Bronze Medal: Double Barrle Honey Dip Stout — Able Baker Brewing Company, Las Vegas, Nevada

Category Winners

  • General Ale: Bee Enlightened Honey Kolsch — Half Full Brewery, Stamford, Connecticut
  • General Lager: Bit O’ Honey Brown Lager — Denver Beer Co. — Olde Town, Arvada, Colorado
  • Wheat Beer: Orange Avenue Wit — Coronado Brewing, San Diego, California
  • Belgian-Style Ale: Apis IV — Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs, Colorado
  • Fruit and Spice Beer: Lavender, Sunflower Honey and Dates Honey Ale — Indeed Brewing Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Braggot: Heaven and Heathen — Guadalupe Brewery and Mjodhall Meadery (Collaboration), Carlsbad, California
  • IPA: Honey Double IPA — Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Stouts and Porters: Honey Dip Stout — Able Baker Brewing Company, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Sour: Biloba Frambois –Biloba Brewing, Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Barrel-Aged: Double Barrel Honey Dip Stout — Able Baker Brewing Company, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Other/Experimental: Plum Surprise — Migration Brewing Company, Portland, Oregon
  • Cider: Michigan Honey — Virtue Cider, Fennville, Michigan
  • Best Design: L’Apiculteur — Central State Brewing, Indianapolis, Indiana

Learn more the honey and the benefits behind it from National Honey Board