In 1996, the first pint of BJ’s beer flowed out of the newly installed brewery in Brea, California, making the beginning of a craft beer phenomenon. Today our brewing team continues to passionately brew a variety of award-winning handcrafted beers you can enjoy on tap every day. From a pale lager to a rich stout and everything in between, we’ve got a beer for everyone! In addition to our ten signature beers, including BJ’s Brewhouse Blonde and Jeremiah Red, we also offer regular seasonal beers such as BJ’s Pumpkin Ale and Annual Grand Cru, and even experimental beers that we brew out of Boulder, CO.

For our beers, we have won over 150 awards including several gold medals from the Great American Beer Festival. Most recently, we received the GABF Gold Medal for BJ’s LightSwitch® Lager in the Session Beer Category. See below for our complete list of awards from over the years!

We operate 6 breweries that supply our restaurants with our beers, our main breweries being in Reno, NV and Temple, TX. Our other breweries are found in Brea and West Covina in California, Chandler in Arizona, and our test brewery in Boulder, Colorado. Stop on by and you might see some brewing in action!

Bottles of our signature beers are available at select locations. We are also working hard on bringing our beers to the retail market on a larger scale; stay tuned for exciting updates on this front.

Each season, we also offer a seasonal beer dinner! We partner with our friends from other breweries and feature their beers alongside ours in a delicious multi-course beer-paired dinner. Try lots of different beers perfectly paired with our tasty dishes, all the while learning about the art behind the brews you are drinking in a fun and lively atmosphere.

As you can see, we have a lot to offer when it comes to beer. We are passionate about creating and enjoying good beer from quality ingredients and hard work, and we would like you to share that with you. Please enjoy the brews of our labor at your closest BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse!

 

List of Awards from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Beers:

2016

World Beer Cup

Gold: Robust Porter for PM Porter – West Covina

North American Beer Awards

Gold: Scottish-Style Light for Oasis Amber - Temple

Silver: American-Style Strong Ale  for BJ's Goliath - Boulder

Silver: Other Belgian-Style Ales for Oud Kriek - West Covina

Bronze: Hybrid Style Beers  for BJ's Jeremiah Red - Reno

Bronze: American-Style Brown Ale for BJ's Nutty Brewnette - Temple 

Bronze: Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale for Oud Jeremiah - West Covina 

2015

Great American Beer Festival

Gold: Session Beer for LightSwitch Lager – Temple

Gold: Fruit Wheat Beer for Magnolia’s Peach – Chandler

North American Beer Awards

Gold: American-Style Black Ale for BJ’s CDA - Boulder

Gold: Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer for Whiskey Barrel Abbey - Chandler

Silver: Indigenous Beer for Got Beer – Boulder

Bronze: Wood and Barrel-Aged Beer for Whiskey Barrel Stout – Reno

Bronze: German-Style Sour Ale for BJ’s Berliner Weisse - Boulder

2014

North American Beer Awards 

Gold: Brown Porter for PM Porter - Reno

Silver: Belgian-style Witbier for Nit Wit – Chandler

Silver: South German-style Hefeweizen for Harvest Hefeweizen – Chandler

Silver: German Kolsch for Brewhouse Blonde – Chandler

Bronze: American-styleCream Ale for Brewhouse Blonde – Reno

Bronze: American Brown Ale for Nutty Brewnette - Reno

World Beer Cup

Gold: Indigenous Beers for Wild and Crazy Rye – Boulder

Bronze – Indigenous Beers for Got Beer - Boulder

2013

North American Beer Awards

Gold: Cream Ale for Brewhouse Blonde – Reno

Gold: Bavarian-style Hef for Harvest Hef – Chandler

Gold: Light Ale for Lightswitch Lager – Chandler

Gold: Carbonated Soft Drinks for BJ’s Black Cherry – Reno

Silver: Schwarzbier for BJ’s Schwarzbier – Chandler

Silver: Irish-style Red for Jeremiah Red – Chandler

Silver: Double/Imperial IPA for Brewmaster’s Reserve Imperial Red – Chandler

Silver: Carbonated Soft Drinks for Ginger Ale – Reno

Bronze: Irish-Style Red for Oasis – Reno

Bronze: Flander-style Red for Oud Jeremiah – Brea

Bronze: Specialty or Experimental beers for Got Beer – Boulder

Bronze: Scottish-style Light for BJ’s Session Scotch – Boulder

Bronze: Light Ale for Boulder Weiss - Boulder

2012

Great American Beer Festival

Gold: Indigenous Beers for Got Beer – Boulder

Gold: Wood and Barrel Aged Beer for Jerry Maker - Chandler

North American Beer Awards

Gold: Flanders-Style Red or Brown Ale for Flanders Red Oud Bruin – Brea

Gold: Belgian-Style Wit for Nit Wit – Chandler

Silver: Kolsch for Brewhouse Blond – Chandler

Bronze: Light Ale for Lightswitch Lager – Chandler

Gold: Carbonated Soft Drinks for BJ’s Orange Cream Soda – Reno

Silver: Cream Ale for Brewhouse Blonde – Reno

Silver: Belgian-Style Wit for Nit Wit – Reno

Silver: Barrel-Aged Beer for JW Whiskey Barrel Stout – Reno

Bronze: Carbonated Soft Drinks for BJ’s Black Cherry Soda – Reno

World Beer Cup

Gold: Indigenous Beers for Got Bier - Tacoma

Bronze: Belgian-style Flanders Oud Bruin/Oud Red Ale for Oud Jeremiah – Brea

2011

Great American Beer Festival

Silver: Field/Pumpkin Beer for Pumpkin Ale - Chandler

North American Beer Awards

Silver: Dubbel for Abbey Normal – Chandler

Silver: Belgian Strong Pale Ale for Grand Cru – Chandler

Silver: Double/Imperial Irish Red Ale for Goliath – Chandler

Bronze: Carbonated Soft Drinks for BJ’s Rootbeer – Chandler

Silver: American Pale Ale for Piranha Pale Ale- Reno

2010

Great American Beer Festival

Gold: German-Style Wheat Ale for Hefelightzen - Chandler

North American Beer Awards

Bronze: Light Ales Ale for LightSwitch Lager – Chandler

Gold: Belgian-Style Wit for Nit Wit – Chandler

Gold: Kolsch for Brewhouse Blonde – Chandler

Gold: Brown Porter for PM Porter – Reno

Gold: Cream Ales for Brewhouse Blonde – Reno

World Beer Cup

Bronze: Session Beer for Guppie Pale Ale - Chandler

2009

Great American Beer Festival

Silver: Fruit & Vegetable Beer for Magnolia’s Peach - Tacoma

North American Beer Awards

Bronze: American Brown Ale for Nutty Brewnette – Chandler

Bronze: American Stout for Tatonka Stout - Reno

Bronze: Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen for Harvest Hefeweizen - Reno

Silver: Carbonated Soft Drink for BJ’s Orange Cream Soda – Reno

2008

Great American Beer Festival

Gold: German-Style Wheat Ale for I’m Half the Beer I use to be - Chandler

Gold: American-Style Amber Lager for BJ’s Oktoberfest - Chandler

World Beer Cup

Silver: German-style Pale Wheat Ale for I’m Half the Beer I Use to Be- Chandler

North American Beer Awards

Bronze: American Brown Ale for Nutty Brewnette- Reno

2007

Great American Beer Festival

Gold: Other Low Strength Ale or Lager for Half Wit- Chandler

Gold: Belgian-Style White for Nit Wit- Chandler

Silver: American Style Pale Ale for Piranha Pale Ale- Portland

Bronze: Wood & Barrel-Aged Sour Beer for Barrel-Aged Cherry- Chandler

2006

Great American Beer Festival

Gold: American-Style Strong Pale Ale for Big Fish- Chandler

Silver: Belgian and French-Style Ale for Dim Wit- Chandler

Bronze: Oatmeal Stout for Lasto’s Oatmeal Stout –Portland

World Beer Cup

Silver: Belgian-Style Wheat for Nit Wit-Chandler

2005

Great American Beer Festival

Gold: British Stouts for Lasto's Oatmeal Stout

Bronze: Belgian Style Wheat for Nit Wit

2004

Great American Beer Festival

Gold Medal: Belgian-Style Wheat for Nit Wit

Silver Medal: American-Style Amber Lager for Extreme Amber

2003

Great American Beer Festival

Gold Medal: American-style Amber Lager for Extreme Amber

Bronze Medal: Imperial/Double IPA for Imperor IPA

2002

Great American Beer Festival

Large Brewpub of the Year

Large Brewpub Brewmaster of the Year Dan Pedersen

Gold Medal: Fruit and Vegetable Beer for Magnolia's Peach

Gold Medal: Smoke Flavored for BJ's Rauchbier

Silver Medal: Experimental Beer for Juniper Rye

Silver Medal: American-style Pale Ale for Piranha Pale Ale

Silver Medal: Belgian-style Strong Specialty Ales for Millennium Grand Cru

2001

Great American Beer Festival

Gold Medal: Oatmeal Stout for Lasto's Oatmeal Stout

2000

Great American Beer Festival

Bronze Medal: Belgian-Style Ales for Bridal Veil Ale

Bronze Medal: Experimental Beers for Juniper Rye

World Beer Cup

Silver Medal: Belgian Strong Ale for Millennium Grand Cru

1998

Great American Beer Festival

Bronze Medal: American-style Pale Ale for Piranha Pale Ale

World Beer Cup

Silver Medal: South German-style Weizenbock/Weissbock for Weizenator

1996

Great American Beer Festival

Silver Medal: Strong Ale for Jeremiah Red

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