Held in January of each year, the Good Food Awards seeks out the best small companies across the United States that are devoted to both craftsmanship and sustainability. Unlike other food awards, the Good Food Awards honor both flavor and responsible business practices. The commitment to social and environmental responsibility has long been a focus for Oregonian purveyors and it is no wonder that winners from the Beaver State were found in 13 of the 15 categories. The 199 winners were selected from 2,000 entrants that are devoted to created vibrant local food economies. The best from Oregon include:

Beer    

Falling Sky Brewing, Dreadnut Tropical Stout, Oregon
Full Sail Brewing Company, Amber Ale, Oregon
Ninkasi Brewing Company, Pacific Rain Pale Ale, Oregon

Falling Sky Brewing is a community effort that officially began in 2012 and has since grown and blossomed to include several different features in Eugene. From students to faculty, Falling Sky Brewing encompasses a full range of Eugene traditions.

Full Sail has grown full scale since starting off as a small operation on the Hood River. The independent brewery now has a larger output than ever but remains devoted to acting as stewards of the environment. The Amber Ale has won numerous beer championship awards both locally, nationally and internationally.

Ninkasi was born out of a friendship centered around a love of beer and that same love has stayed since 2006. Ninkasi continues to foster a spirit of community even as it remains independent and continues to grow and evolve.

Charcuterie    

Olympia Provisions, Chorizo El Rey, Oregon

Toro Bravo, Sobrasada Mallorca & Fuet, Oregon

Olympia Provisions has grown a national reputation for its locally made charcuterie. This year’s winning El Rey is the king of spice featuring Spanish-style chorizo with smoked paprika, clove, allspice, cayenne and chili flakes.

Toro Bravo is the Spanish style celebration from one of Portland’s best and most prolific restauranteur families. The Sobrasada Mallorca & Fuet is just a small taste of what can be found on the house made charcuterie board in the restaurant.

Cheese

Briar Rose Creamery, Goat Milk Feta & Lorelei, Oregon

Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese, Cascadian Frechette, Oregon

The Briar Rose Creamery is the dream of cheese lover and cheese expert turned cheesemaker, Sarah Marcus, who has studied cheese making in countries all over the world. Her love of her craft has created some of the most delicious cheeses in Oregon, including Lorelei. Named for a siren and songs, Lorelei is rinsed in Oregon brewed beer and crafted with care.

Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese is the result of a French native bringing the Old World craft to the New World to create artisanal cheese on a small scale. The winning Cascadian Fréchette is a semi soft goat cheese with a classic goat cheese aroma.

Other winners and categories of note that are worth checking out include:

Chocolate  

Creo Chocolate, Brown Butter Bar, Oregon

Cider

WildCraft Cider Works, Sage, Oregon

Coffee

Noble Coffee Roasting, Ethiopian ‘Bishan Fugu’, Oregon 

Confections  

Alma Chocolate, Matcha Mint Bar, Oregon

Batch PDX, Earl Grey & Almond Crisp, Oregon

Elixirs   

Improper Goods, The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters, Oregon 

Fish

Bon Appetit Management Co. (Mt. Angel Abbey & Seminary), Hardwood Hot Smoked Columbia River Chinook Salmon, Oregon

Honey

Jacobsen Salt Co. + Bee Local, Pioneer Square & Sauvie Island, Oregon

Pantry

Bunches & Bunches, Green: Fire Roasted Green Chile Sauce, Oregon

Preserves

Mt. Hope Farms, Aronia Haskap Fruit Spread & Columbia Star-Aronia-Lavender Fruit Spread, Oregon

Spirits

Elixir, Calisaya & Fernet dei Fratelli Loreto, Oregon

Vivacity Spirits, Treos Brandy, Oregon

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