San Diego Craft Brewers Win Big at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival
San Diego, CA – October 8, 2016 The San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG), a non- profit organization dedicated to promoting San Diego’s craft breweries and beer- related industries, is pleased to announce that San Diego County breweries took home 18 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, October 8. This recognition at the premier U.S. beer festival and competition reaffirms San Diego’s place as one of the country’s foremost craft beer destinations.
This year, the GABF’s professional judging panel awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in 96 beer categories covering 161 beer styles— San Diego breweries won eight gold medals, three silver medals and seven bronze medals. In total, nearly 7,227 beers from more than 1,752 breweries represented all 50 states (plus, Washington, D.C.), as judged by 264 professional judges from 12 countries.
California led the country with the largest number of medals won of any other state— 68 medals of 286 total. San Diego County contributed 18 medals to the state’s total medal count.
“To be awarded a medal at the Great American Beer Festival is a prestigious victory, particularly during such a thriving and dynamic point in the industry,” says San Diego Brewers Guild president Jill Davidson. “With extreme pride we congratulate our San Diego breweries for their recognition this year. “
The following San Diego breweries were recognized for brewing excellence:
(the below list included category and total submission in each beer style category)
LIST OF SAN DIEGO WINNERS
Ole Prospector Red Ale by BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. – Gold (American-Style Amber/Red Ale, 114 entries)
Brown by Culture Brewing Co. – Gold (American-Style Brown Ale, 84 entries)
Queen of Tarts by Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego – Gold (American-Style Sour Ale, 142 entries)
AleSmith Old Numbskull by AleSmith Brewing Co. – Gold (Barley Wine-Style Ale, 60 entries)
Breakline Bock by Rip Current Brewery – Gold (Bock, 36 entries)
Sweet Ride by Bagby Beer Co. – Gold (Bohemian-Style Pilsener, 62 entries)
Tabula Rasa Toasted Porter by Second Chance Beer Co. – Gold (Robust Porter, 94 entries)
Windansea Wheat by Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego – Gold (South German-Style Hefeweizen, 111 entries)
The Contender IPA with Fresh Chilis by Duck Foot Brewing Co. – Silver (Chili Beer, 112 entries)
Gatling Gun Imperial Stout by BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. – Silver (Imperial Stout, 91 entries)
Oatmeal Stout by Benchmark Brewing Co. – Silver (Session Beer, 52 entries)
The Volcanist by by Societe Brewing Co. – Bronze (American-Style Stout, 55 entries)
HFS by Alpine Beer Co. – Bronze (American-Style Strong Pale Ale, 169 entries)
Roes Red by Pure Project – Bronze (Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale, 74 entries)
Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout by New English Brewing Co. – Bronze (Coffee Beer, 168 entries)
Liquid AC by Karl Strauss Brewing Co., La Jolla – Bronze (English-Style Summer Ale, 68 entries)
Mother Earth ESB by Mother Earth Brew Co. – Bronze (Extra Special Bitter, 71 entries)
Mosaic Session IPA by Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego – Bronze (Session India Pale Ale, 118 entries)
In addition, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego was named Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year.
About the San Diego Brewers Guild
The San Diego Brewers Guild is a nonprofit organization made up of allied San Diego craft breweries, tradespeople, restaurants serving craft beer and craft beer aficionados. Started in 1997 by a group of brewers with a common goal of supporting the brewing culture in San Diego, the Guild is the primary nonprofit organization supporting San Diego’s growing craft beer community. Its mission has remained the same since its inception: to promote awareness and increase the visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer through education and community events. Throughout San Diego’s craft beer history, the Guild has worked to create an open line of communication between brewers, be an advocate for modern beer laws and promote the robust brewing community locally, nationally and internationally. With over 100 craft breweries now operating in San Diego County, the Guild’s role is more important than ever. www.sandiegobrewersguild.com
About the Great American Beer Festival
The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer vendors in a public tasting event, plus a private competition. GABF brings together the brewers and diverse beers that make the U.S. the world’s greatest brewing nation. GABF was founded in 1982, and has been growing and evolving along with the American craft brewing industry ever since.