Karl Strauss Getting Completely Iced Out
It starts in Spring, with breweries across the country competing in a number of local, regional, and national beer competitions, all leading up to the Great American Beer Festival in September. Building off the momentum of winning Gold at the recent World Beer Cup, Karl Strauss Brewing Company added a few more awards to the trophy case this past week. The company took home gold and bronze at the San Diego International Beer Festival. It was a notable week since Karl Strauss was also named “Best Brewery” at the Annual San Diego California Restaurant Association Awards.
Karl Strauss was one of nine San Diego breweries to win Gold at the San Diego International Beer Festival. According to the official event website, 350 beers were entered by more than 150 breweries from 15 states and 22 countries. “We knew when we entered, we’d be up against some stiff competition,” says Paul Segura, Karl Strauss Brewmaster. The company took a Gold Medal for its Minden Maibock—a smooth, toasty German lager—edging out Samuel Adam’s Double Bock. Red Trolley Ale took a Bronze in the Irish Red Ale category, medaling in the competition for the second year in a row.
In addition to the San Diego International Beer Festival, the company was voted San Diego’s “Best Brewery” by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association (SDCRA) at the Annual Gold Medallion Banquet. 1,100 members of the restaurant industry cast their votes with Karl Strauss taking the honor over the other two finalists, Ballast Point Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Company. “It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers and this award shows that we’ve really become an integral part of the community over the last 21 years. We’re honored to have been in the running with two great breweries like Ballast and Stone,” says Paul.
Karl Strauss is currently gearing up for the Los Angeles County Fair and Great American Beer Festival competitions. “The reason we’re still around after 21 years is that our passion comes through in every beer we make. Winning awards is just an added bonus,” says Paul. For more information on the award winning beers visit www.karlstrauss.com.
About Karl Strauss Brewing Company
This year Karl Strauss Brewing Company turns the big 2-1, the most important year in a beer drinker’s life. This coming of age will be celebrated throughout 2010 with a diverse lineup of 35 beers, including 6 year-round favorites, 3 seasonal offerings, and a host of innovative special brews. Located in San Diego and distributed exclusively in Southern California, Karl Strauss currently ranks #40 on the list of Top Craft Breweries in the country. In addition to handcrafting quality beers, Karl Strauss is a leader of the beer and culinary connection at their six local brewery restaurants. For more information visit karlstrauss.com or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739. http://twitter.com/karl_strauss; http://facebook.com/KarlStraussBrewingCompany