OBC Bung Awards

Bunged! – A Brief Description and History of the OBC Bung Awards
by Scott Sanders – January, 2008 (updated Dec, 2015)

I got Bunged! Actually, I have been Bunged twice, over the years, a fact I share with considerable pride. But what does it mean to be Bunged? Since the first Bungs were awarded, the Oregon Brew Crew has attempted to acknowledge, honor, and occasionally, share a laugh with many members and craft beer industry personalities. And, over time, the annual awards have evolved in various ways, to the point that it seems appropriate to offer a review of what the awards are intended to recognize, as well as a list of previous winners.

Golden Bung – This award is intended to honor a craft beer or homebrewing industry personality for efforts to promote or support the trade from a commercial perspective.

Red Bung – Also known as the “Beer Lover’s Award”, this recognizes the recipient’s unbridled passion for good beer, and distinguishes their efforts to share that enthusiasm with others.

Silver Bung – “Member of the Year”  This is awarded to the winner of the Oregon Brew Crew’s annual "Karma Points" competition.  Members accumulate points for various volunteering efforts that help in general club activities.  A few examples are; helping at meetings, bringing food to meetings, writing content for our monthly newsletter, helping with food at out meetings and events, volunteering at our various festival booths, taking on special projects as requested by the board of directors, etc.

Merle Gilmore Memorial Bung – (Orange Bung), this acknowledges exemplary volunteer service to the club. This award was renamed in honor of the 2006 recipient, who has since passed away.

Jim Kennedy Entrepreneurial Bung – (Purple Bung) Jim Kennedy was a long time supporter of the club, and went to extraordinary efforts to promote the understanding and appreciation of good beer as an owner and manager of local beer distribution firms. This Bung honors that same spirit in the owners and/or managers of local craft beer related enterprises.

Pulp Bung – This award expresses our appreciation for the efforts to promote craft beer appreciation and education through the printed word.

Special Bung Awards – Over the years, several Bungs have been presented for special recognition of specific events or circumstances. These range from the Green Bung for Worst Homebrew of the Year, a tongue in cheek award which has only been awarded twice, (and then, only in jest,) to the recently introduced Organic Bung.

Organic Bung  – (Green Bung) In recognition of efforts to promote planet friendly brewers.

The board of directors would like to offer hearty congratulations to all winners. They are all worthy additions to the following list of distinguished Bung-ee’s.

Bungs throughout history


2015 Silver Bung Member of the Year Eric Hinson OBC Cup Charles Macaluso & Rodney Kibzey A stunning tie with 704 points each! Golden Bung Dave Vodhen & 13 Virtues Brewing Red Bung Tracy Hensley Merle Gilmore Memorial Orange Bung Brian Haslip Jim Kennedy Entrepreneurial Purple Bung Portland Craft Beer Festival Pulp Bung Brian Yaeger Organic Green Bung Clean Water Services
Year Bung Award Recipient Comment
1992 Gold Charles Finkel Owner of Merchant du Vin and Pike Brewing
Red Fred Eckhardt Dean of American Beer Writers
Green – Worst Beer of the Year Fritz Gordon Really weird fermentation
1993 Gold John deBenedetti Propietor of F.H. Steinbarts
Red McMenamin Brothers Promoting the Neighborhood Pub
Green – Worst Beer of the Year Don Foster Pale Ale w/ Koji
Crystal – Wash the Damn Glasses Tom Thompson Washed the club’s glassware after every meeting or event for years
Belgian Jim Kennedy Introduced us to the amazing beers of Belgium
1994 Gold Sam Salmageo Proprietor of The Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel, California, an early purveyor of imported and craft beers
Red Don Foster Longtime member. Was a resident of Salem.
1995 Gold Dave Logsdon Owner of Wyeast Laboratories
Red John Maier Brewmast for Rogue Ales. Craft Brewing Pioneer.
Silver Tom Irwin Homebrewer of the Year
Blue – Special Recognition Ponzi’s In appreciation of early pioneering efforts in craft brewing.
1996 Gold Ralph Olson President of Hop Union, USA
Red Tom Calkins Proprietor of Burlingame Market (incredible beer selection)
Silver Rob Radtke Homebrewer of the Year
1997 Gold Stephen Mallery Owner and Publisher of Brewing Techniques magazine
Red John Harris Pioneer brewer for McMenamins, Deschutes, and Full Sail
Silver Noel Blake Homebrewer of the Year
Pulp William Abernathy Willamette Week beer column.
Bone Bung Hair of the Dog Brewing Special relationship and assistance to the club.
1998 Gold No record/Not awarded
Red No record/Not awarded
Silver Tom Irwin Homebrewer of the Year
1999 Gold Rob Widmer Recognizing Collaborator development efforts
Red Mark Daeshel
Silver Curt Hausam Homebrewer of the Year
Orange Bob Farrell Service to OBC
Pulp Peter Kim Print, fold, and mail the OBC newsletter for an incredible price.
Blue – Special Contribution to OBC Bob McCracken Posthumously awarded.
2000 Gold Rob & Kurt Widmer Dedication to quality and support of the OBC and Collaborator
Red Don Younger Proprietor of Horse Brass
Silver Curt Hausam Homebrewer of the Year
Orange Scott Sanders Service to OBC
Pulp John Foyston Oregonian Beer Writer
E-Bung Michael Rasmussen Hosts oregonbrewcrew.com gratis.
2001 Gold Jim Kennedy Extraordinary efforts to promote imported and craft beer
Gold Chris Irwin Extraordinary organization and hard work managing volunteers at the Oregon Brewer’s Festival
Red Noel Blake Wordsmith extraordinair
Silver Mitch Scheele Homebrewer of the Year
Orange Linda Norton Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Rick Carpenter and Chris Joseph Portland and Seattle International Beer Festival
Pulp Lisa Morrison The Beer Goddess
Rubber Meets the Road Phil Braun For special effort as organizer and emcee for bus trips
2002 Gold Dave Wills Proprietor of FreshHops
Red Matt Maples Proprietor of Liquid Solutions
Silver Mitch Scheele Homebrewer of the Year
Orange Trevor Millund Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Steve Woolard Spring Beer and Wine Festival
Mash Paddle w/ Walkie Talkie and Tap Handle Preston Weesner Assistance and liason to OBC at local festivals
E-Bung Dan Schultz For work on the website
2003 Gold Jim Parker Former director of AHA, beer style author, former director of Oregon Brewer’s Guild, local Publican
Red No record/Not awarded
Silver Mitch Scheele Homebrewer of the Year
Orange Mark Wilson Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Laurelwood Brewing Awesome beers, great pub, excellent support of and cooperation with OBC
Shutterbug Bung Bob Brewer For taking and sharing photos of OBC events
2004 Gold Ike Manchester Brewer for Widmer and Collaborator
Red Stuart Hicks For spreading the word about where and when good beer is pouring.
Silver Todd Enlund Homebrewer of the Year
Orange Bob Farrell Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial No record/Not awarded
Pulp Abram Goldman-Armstrong Northwest Beer News regular column, often mentionaing the OBC
E-Bung Alan Hord Developed a competition software application with web interface
2005 Gold Brian Butenschoen Former OBC President, Collaborator Brewer, Oregon Brewer’s Guild Director
Red Max Tieger For his dedication, effort, and success at Tuck’s Brewery, which he gladly shares with the club.
Silver Mitch Scheele Homebrewer of the Year
Orange Todd Enlund Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Preston Weesner Holiday Ale Festival
Pulp Dave Dronkowski Portland Tribune and www.guestontap.com
Festival Bung Rainie & Scott Sanders Volunteer work at Oregon Brewer’s Festival and Spring Beer and Wine Fest
2006 Gold Greg Higgins Promoting beer as an element of fine dining
Red Tom Field Proprietor of Rose and Raindrop
Silver Mitch Scheele Homebrewer of the Year
Orange Merle Gilmore Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Matt Hottenroth and Molly McMillion Concordia Ale House
E-Bung Dan Schultz continued work on the website
Great Experimental Paddle Trevor Millund Development and management of OBC collaborative brewing experiments
Flaming Bob Farrell For inciting “interesting” dialog on the listserve
2007 Gold Michael Jackson Posthumously awarded.
Red Jamie Floyd Owner/Brewer of Ninkasi Brewing
Silver Homebrewer of the Year
Merle Gilmore Memorial – Service to OBC Bill Schneller Organizing and managing BJCP Education Program
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Carl Singmaster Proprietor of Belmont Station
Pulp Megan Flynn Publisher of Beer Northwest
Celluloid Bung Beth Harrington Producer/Writer of Beervana, a documentary for OPB Oregon Experience series
Organic Bung North American Organic Beer Festival For efforts to encourage organic brewing.
2008 Gold John Harris McMenamins, Deschutes, Full Sail Brewing
Red Karl Ockert Bridgeport Brewing
Silver Oliver Manuel Homebrewer of the Year
Merle Gilmore Memorial – Service to OBC Jenn McPoland and Yvette Uber Always there, doing the unglamorous back-channel work
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Geoff Phillips Owner of Bailey’s Taproom
Pulp Alan Moen Editor/Publisher of Northwest Brewing News
Organic Bung Hopworks Urban Brewery Green Brewing efforts extraordinaire
2009 Gold Russ Menegat Green Dragon / Rogue Brewery
Red Michel Brown F.H. Steinbart Co.
Silver Bill Schneller Homebrewer of the Year
Merle Gilmore Memorial – Service to OBC John Heasley Always there, doing the unglamorous back-channel work
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Sarah Pederson Owner of Saraveza
Pulp Angelo De Ieso II Brewpublic.com
2010 Gold Chris Crabb
Red Randy Plew Plew's Brews
Merle Gilmore Memorial – Service to OBC Oliver Manuel Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Alex Ganum Upright Brewing
Pulp Jeff Alworth Beervana
Sour Bung Ron Gansberg Cascade Barrel House
2011 OBC Cup Mark Easton Brewing dominance!
Gold Art Larrance Raccoon Lodge/Cascade Barrel House
Red Bill Schneller
Silver Bill Schneller Homebrewer of the Year
Merle Gilmore Memorial – Service to OBC Ted Assur Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Jesse McCann Apex Bar
Legislative Bung Sen. Floyd Prozanski, Chris Hummert, Denny Conn, Greg Bolt, & Ted Hausotter For contributing to the re-legalization of homebrew to be transported and shared freely amongst friends and like-minded individuals.
2012 OBC Cup Josh Huerta Brewing dominance! Also, the first member to score the ultimate OBC hat-trick. Winner of the: OBC Cup, Silver Bung, and Merle Gilmore Memorial Awards.
Silver Bung Josh Huerta Homebrewer of the Year
Merle Gilmore Memorial – Service to OBC Josh Huerta Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Portland U-Brew and Pub
Pulp Bung Mark Martin
Celluloid Bung Allison Grayson
Rubber Meets the Road Bung Warren Johnson For organizing and coordinating OBC bus trips.
2013 OBC Cup Chuck Macaluso Brewing dominance!
Gold Bung Chris & Jay Jennings Brew Brothers
Red Bung Jeremy Frey F.H. Steinbart Co.
Silver Bung Jason Barker Homebrewer of the Year
Merle Gilmore Memorial Brian Haslip Service to OBC
Jim Kennedy Memorial – Entrepeneurial Crosby Hop Farm
Pulp Ginger Johnson
SMaSHed Bung Tim Brinson For organizing and maintaining the Single Malt and Single Hop project
2014 Pulp Bung Ginger Johnson

View-Finder Bung Hopstories For producing our video
Merle Gilmore Memorial Orange Bung Dan May
Jim Kennedy Memorial Purple Bung Abram Goldman-Armstrong
Red Bung Randy Scorby
"I don't brew but…" Bung Jeannie Bauer
    

Silver Bung Member of the Year Brian Haslip
OBC Cup Chuck Macaluso
2015 Silver Bung Member of the Year Eric Hinson
OBC Cup Charles Macaluso & Rodney Kibzey A stunning tie with 704 points each!
Golden Bung Dave Vodhen & 13 Virtues Brewing
Red Bung Tracy Hensley
Merle Gilmore Memorial Orange Bung Brian Haslip
Jim Kennedy Entrepreneurial Purple Bung Portland Craft Beer Festival
Pulp Bung Brian Yaeger
Organic Green Bung Clean Water Services
 2016Golden Bung
Portland Brewing 

Red BungTrevor Rogers, De Garde Brewing 
 Merle Gilmore Memorial Orange BungImperial Organic Yeast 
 Jim Kennedy Entrepreneurial Purple BungLisa Morrison, Belmont Station 
 OBC CupCharles Macaluso  Four-Peat!
Who will take him down?
  Silver Bung Member of the YearCharles Macaluso 
  Pulp BungOregon Beer Growler 
  Organic Green BungClean Water Services, Carollo, Black & Veatch, EVOQUAShared Award for Pure Water Brew commitment.
 Above and Beyond BungF.H.Steinbart Co.Special award for unmitigated support to OBC and it' members!
 Jolly Green Giant BungMark PolingSpecial award for Pure Water Brew coordination and he's 6'11"

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