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Ten local food and drink producers took home wins in this year’s Good Food Awards, which recognize the best tasting, socially and environmentally responsible products across the country. A total of 242 businesses entered 1,927 beers, cheeses, chocolates, coffees, pickles, and more. That’s 33 percent more entries than ever before—another sign of artisans on the rise.
Representing the D.C.-area’s alcoholic beverage scene were Bluejacket, Port City Brewing Company, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company. Locals also had a particularly strong showing in the pantry category: Union Kitchen members Sweet Farm Sauerkraut and Langdon Wood Maple Syrup were both recognized (for cultured mustard and barrel-aged hot sauce, respectively). Lindera Farms, which Y&H profiled last year, won for its honey vinegar.
An awards ceremony took place over the weekend in San Francisco. Check out a list of all the winners below, with the D.C., Virginia, and Maryland producers in bold.
BEER Almanac Beer Co., Farmer’s Reserve Citrus & Golden Gate Gose, California Bluejacket Brewery, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mexican Radio, District of Columbia Eel River Brewing Company, California Blonde Ale, California Fort Point Beer Company, Manzanita, California Fullsteam Brewery, Brandy Barrel-Aged First Frost, North Carolina Jester King Brewery, Bière de Blanc du Bois & Reposé, Texas Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Maracaibo Especial, Michigan Lakefront Brewery, Inc., Growing Power Organic Farmhouse Pale Ale, Wisconsin Ninkasi Brewing Company, Dawn of the Red India Pale Ale, Oregon Pike Brewing Company, Pike Wood Aged Kilt Lifter, Washington Port City Brewing Company, Optimal Wit, Virginia
CHARCUTERIE Avalanche Cheese Company, Pork and Goat Finocchiona, Colorado Black Pig Meat Co., Coppa, California Blackberry Farm, Salume Toscano & Finocchiona Salume, Tennessee Cure Cooking, Dry-cured Aged Country Bacon, Nebraska Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Parisian Ham, New York Fork in the Road Foods, Uncured Black Forest Ham, California Island Trollers, Troll Caught Albacore with Jalepeno & Troll Caught Albacore with Habanero, Washington JACüTERIE, Saucisson Provençal & Finocchiona, New York JM Stock Provisions, JM Stock Tasso Ham, Virginia La Quercia, Speck Americano, Iowa Nduja Artisans, Finocchiona, Illinois Olympia Provisions, Rigani Loukaniko, Oregon Real Good Fish, Smoked Carmel Canyon Black Cod, California Red Table Meat Co., The Royal & Big Chet’s & Coppa, Minnesota Regalis Foods, Columbia River Smoked Steelhead Trout Roe, New York Wooden Spoons, Pork Rillettes, California
CHEESE Ancient Heritage Dairy, Isabella, Oregon Avalanche Cheese Company, Hand Bandaged Cheddar, Colorado Bellwether Farms, Whole Milk Ricotta, California Blackberry Farm, Singing Brook, Tennessee Cowgirl Creamery, Red Hawk, California Cricket Creek Farm, Maggie’s Round, Massachusetts Farms for City Kids, Tarentaise & Ashbrook, Vermont Firefly Farms, Cabra LaMancha, Maryland Goat Lady Dairy, Lindale & Providence, North Carolina Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese, Chaumine, Oregon Jacobs and Brichford Farmstead Cheese, Adair , Indiana Jacobs Creamery, Bloomy, Washington James Ranch Artisan Cheese, Belford, Colorado Milton Creamery, Prairie Breeze, Iowa Pennyroyal Farm, Reserve Boont Corners, California Prodigal Farm, Field of Creams, North Carolina Rogue Creamery, Flora Nelle & Rogue River Blue, Oregon Tomales Farmstead Creamery, Teleeka, California
CHOCOLATE Brasstown Chocolate, Ecuador 75%, North Carolina Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, 70% Bolivia, Alto Beni, California Escazu Artisan Chocolates, 70% Piura Blanco, Peru, North Carolina Fruition Chocolate, Bolivian Wild Harvest 74%, New York Just Good Chocolate, Madagascar 70%, Michigan Lonohana Estate Chocolate, Kanahiku 70% Dark, Hawaii Nathan Miller Chocolate, Gingerbread Bar, Pennsylvania Patric Chocolate, Triple Ginger & Browned Butter Bar & Red Coconut Curry, Missouri Ritual Chocolate, Mid Mountain Blend & Belize 75%, Utah Rogue Chocolatier, Jamaica & Tranquilidad, Massachusetts
CIDER AeppelTreow Winery, Barn Swallow, Wisconsin Argus Cidery, Malus Cuvée, Texas Art + Science, Wild Perry, Oregon Big B’s Hard Cider, Pear Supply & Orchard Original, Colorado Eden Ice Cider Company, Brandy Barrel Heirloom Blend & Sparkling Semi-Dry, Vermont Ela Cider Company, Stone Silo, Wisconsin Eve’s Cidery, Albee Hill 2014, New York Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Firebarrel, Washington Shacksbury, Lost and Found, Vermont Snowdrift Cider Co., Cornice, Washington
COFFEE Abundancia Coffee, Kenya AA Blue Mt, Oregon Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Panama Esmeralda Estate, Lino Lot Natural, California Commonwealth Coffee, Kenya Nyeri Gachatha Lot #160 AA, Colorado Equator Coffees & Teas, Panama Finca Sophia Gesha, California Evans Brothers Coffee, Kenya Gatundu Karinga AB, Idaho JBC Coffee Roasters, Finca La Mula Panama Geisha, Wisconsin Joe Coffee Company, Ethiopia Guji Yabitu Koba, New York Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Idido Cooperative, Wisconsin Klatch Coffee, Kenya Karatu, California Mudhouse Coffee Roasters, Finca La Mula CAC Reserve Geisha, Virginia NEAT Coffee, Kenya Gachatha, Connecticut Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, Panama Carmen Geisha, Texas Olympia Coffee Roasting Company, Ethiopia Adame Garbota, Washington Onyx Coffee Lab, Colombian Granja la Esperanza Margaritas Natural, Arkansas Ruby Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Guji Uraga, Wisconsin Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co., Suke Quto – Ethiopia, Minnesota Square One Coffee, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Adado, Pennsylvania
CONFECTIONS American Spoon, Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Michigan Batch PDX, Batch Bar & Twicks Bar, Oregon Bees & Beans, Honey Bar Reserve, Oregon Bixby & Co., Nutty For You, Maine Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Maine Mint Truffle, Maine Fat Toad Farm, Fat Toad Farm Original Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce, Vermont JJ’s Sweets Cocomels, Palm Sugar Cocomel, Colorado Little Apple Treats, Rose and Cocoa nib Caramels, California McCrea’s Candies, Black Lava Sea Salt Caramels, Massachusetts Neo Cocoa, Toffee Nib Brittle, California Nosh This, Lavender Crack, California Sapore della Vita, Caramel Sauce & Torrone & Totally Fudged-Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Florida Serendipity Confections, Chocolate Covered Butter Caramels with Fleur de Sel, Wyoming
HONEY Bee Girl, Bee Girl Honey, Oregon Bee Local, Bee Local Sauvie Honey, Oregon Bee Squared Apiaries, Rose Honey, Colorado Bees’ Needs, Fabulous Fall, New York Bloom Honey, Orange Blossom, California Gold Star Honeybees, Gold Star Honey, Maine Hani Honey Company, Raw Creamed Wildflower Honey, Florida Mikolich Family Honey, Sage and Wild Buckwheat, California MtnHoney, Comb Honey Chunk, Georgia Posto Bello Apiaries, Honey, Maine Sequim Bee Farm, Honey, Washington Simmons Family Honey , Saw Palmetto Honey, Georgia Two Million Blooms, Raw Honey, Illinois UrbanBeeSF, Tree Blossom Honey Quince & Tree Blossom Honey Nopa, California
OILS Apollo Olive Oil, Sierra & Mistral, California Berkeley Olive Grove 1913, California Mission Blood Orange, California Calivirgin, Calivirgin Jalapeno-Garlic Olive Oil, California Coppal House Farm, Sunflower Oil, New Hampshire Hummingbird Wholesale, Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil, Oregon La Nogalera Walnut Oil, La Nogalera Walnut Oil, California La Tourangelle, Gourmande Roasted Hazelnut Oil, California MoonShadow Grove, Ascolano, California Oliver Oil Co., Oliver Farm Green Peanut Oil, Georgia The Olive Press, Sevillano Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California Wei Kitchen, Organic Shallot Oil, Washington
PANTRY Blackberry Farm, Reserve Pecan Sorghum Butter, Tennessee Brooklyn Delhi, Tomato Achaar, New York Decadence Gourmet, Colorado-Style Southern Chow Chow, Colorado Happy Quail Farms, Farm Style Relish, California Hoskins Berry Farm, Blackberry Vinegar, Oregon Labrosse Farm, Heirloom Tomato Sweet and Spicy Jam, Michigan Langdon Wood Maple Syrup, Langdon Wood 1814 Barrel-Aged Hot Sauce, District of Columbia Lindera Farms, Lindera Farms Honey Vinegar, Virginia Mimi’s Confitures, Radicchio Jam, California NW Elixirs Hot Sauce Co., NW Elixirs #3 Hott Smoke & NW Elixirs #2 Verde Hott, Oregon One Culture Foods, Sweet Savory Spicy, New York Pogue Mahone Pickles, Premium Dill Pickle Mustard, Texas SALSAOLOGY, Ancho Chile and Tamarind Sauce, California Spicemode, Vindaloo Cooking Sauce, Illinois Spoiled Rotten Vinegar, Blackstrap Vinegar, California Sweet Farm Sauerkraut, Cultured Mustard, Maryland Turtle Rock Farm, Garlic Scape Relish, Maine
PICKLES American Spoon + The Brinery, Ramp Kimchi, Michigan Atwater’s, Pickled Hakurei Turnips, Maryland Blackberry Farm, Ramp Kraut, Tennessee Blue Bus Cultured Foods, Shakedown Beet & Kraut-chi & Cortido, Washington Choi’s Kimchi Co., White Napa Kimchi & Napa Kimchi, Oregon Farmer’s Daughter, Ramp and Mustard Seed Kraut & Ruby Kraut & Hot Chili Okra Pickles, North Carolina Hosta Hill, GochuCurry Kraut, Massachusetts Mama O’s Premium Kimchi, Mama O’s Premium Baby Bok Choy Kimchi, New York Marcia’s Munchies, Cherry Pops & Little Hotties, Michigan Pernicious Pickling Co., Pickled Red Beets: Fashionably Dill, California Real Pickles, Organic Garlic Dill Pickles, Massachusetts Republic of Jam, Pickled Peaches, Oregon Taste Elevated, Sweet and Tangy Mustard Seeds, Texas Two Chicks Farm, Dill Pickles, North Carolina Wild West Ferments, Seasonal Sauerkraut, California Wine Forest, Pickled Sea Beans, California
PRESERVES American Spoon, Wild Thimbleberry Jam & Wild Elderberry Jelly, Michigan Amour Spreads, Black Currant Blackberry Jam, Utah Black Radish Creamery, Outback Cherry, Ohio Crosstown Sweets, Apricot and Vanilla Jam, New York Farmer’s Daughter, Bourbon’d Figs, North Carolina Girl Meets Dirt, Shiro Plum with Mint Spoon Preserves, Washington Green Jam Man, Strawberry Blood Orange Jam, Vermont Happy Girl Kitchen Co., Raspberry Lemon Jam, California Josephine’s Feast!, Hand Foraged Wild Beach Plum Preserves, New York Kelly’s Jelly, Kelly’s Habanero Pepper Jelly, Oregon Modern Gingham Preserves, Raspberry Violet, Colorado Mt. Hope Farms, Premium Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spread, Oregon The Good Stuff, Best Plum Jam, California
SPIRITS Bear & Eagle Products, 1.0.1 Ultra Premium Vodka, California Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Roundstone Rye, Virginia Christina Maser, Raspberry Shrub, Pennsylvania Elixir, Iris, Oregon Far North Spirits, Gustaf Navy Strength Gin, Minnesota Five By Five Tonics, Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bitters, California Kansas City Canning Co., Apple Caraway Shrub, Missouri Mad River Distillers, Malvados, Vermont Marble Distilling Co., Moonlight Expresso, Colorado Port Morris Distillery, Pitorro Shine, New York Rare Botanical Bitters, Magnolia Syrup, Illinois Richland Distilling Company, Single Estate Old Georgia Rum, Georgia Salute!, Dragoncello, South Carolina Venus Spirits, Gin Blend No. 2, California
Photo by Darrow Montgomery