North American Beer Awards is hosted by the North American Brewers Association. The competition is limited to commercially produced beers from active breweries. There are a panel of judges who perform a blind taste test. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each category.
The competition is held in conjunction with the Annual Mountain Brewers' Beer Fest.
The awards from 1999-2011 are posted online. The most recent contest was held May 31 through June 3 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The 2011 competition included:
- 140 breweries from 33 States with 97 winning medals
- over 1200 entries
- 8 countries
- 198 flights were judged
- 79 categories
- 237 medals
- 6960 bottles of beer
- Biggest category was American Style IPA 6F with 62 entries