Last year San Diego breweries brought home fifteen medals from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Saturday afternoon the awards were announced in 83 beer categories with San Diego breweries bringing home twenty medals. In addition to the individual beer categories six brewery awards are given out and San Diego breweries brought home two of those titles.
Pizza Port Carlsbad was named Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year for the third year in a row. Pizza Port Ocean Beach and brewer Yiga Miyashiro took home the award for Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year for the first time. Overall the three San Diego Pizza Port locations dominated, bringing in twelve of San Diego’s twenty medals (Pizza Port San Clemente took home one bronze medal).
Pizza Port Carlsbad alone brought home six medals, tied for second place for most medals with Firestone Walker (Rock Bottom also took six medals, but all Rock Bottom locations were entered together, not separate for each location as Pizza Port was). Pizza Port Carlsbad also tied for second place with Firestone Walker for most gold medals won with three. Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis took home the most gold medals (four) as well as most medals overall with eight.
California breweries took home the most medals with 51 total while Colorado came was second with 44. The state of Oregon was third with fifteen medals. Think about that for a moment, San Diego breweries alone came home with five more medals than the entire state of Oregon and San Diego accounted for nearly 40% of California’s medals.
Congrats to Pizza Port Carlsbad, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Pizza Port Solana Beach, Rock Bottom La Jolla, Rock Bottom San Diego, The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Company, AleSmith and Karl Strauss for their awards. Keep reading for the list of San Diego winners and a link to the full list.
Medal Beer Brewery Category
Gold 547 Haight Pizza Port Carlsbad Category: 54 Imperial Red Ale
Gold Skidmark Brown Ale Pizza Port Ocean Beach Category: 55 English-Style Mild Ale
Gold Good Grief Brown Pizza Port Carlsbad Category: 60 English-Style Brown Ale
Gold Great American Brown Pizza Port Carlsbad Category: 61 American-Style Brown Ale
Gold Moonlight Porter Rock Bottom Brewery (La Jolla, CA) Category: 74 Robust Porter
Gold Jules Winnfield Pizza Port Solana Beach Category: 77 American-Style Stout
Silver Coffee Monster Pizza Port Carlsbad Category: 8 Coffee Beer
Silver Twerp Pizza Port Carlsbad Category: 12 Session Beer
Silver Framboise de Amorosa The Lost Abbey Category: 18 American-Style Sour Ale
Silver AleSmith IPA AleSmith Brewing Co. Category: 50 American-Style Strong Pale Ale
Silver Rhino Chaser Imperial Red Ale Pizza Port Ocean Beach Category: 54 Imperial Red Ale
Silver Dawn Patrol Dark Pizza Port Solana Beach Category: 55 English-Style Mild Ale
Silver Rock Bottom Brown Ale Rock Bottom Brewery (San Diego, CA) Category: 60 English-Style Brown Ale
Silver Revelations Pizza Port Carlsbad Category: 72 Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale
Silver A.B.L.E. American Stout, Brit Antrim Benefit Beer Pizza Port Ocean Beach Category: 77 American-Style Stout
Silver AleSmith Decadence ‘10 Old Ale AleSmith Brewing Co. Category: 82 Old Ale or Strong Ale
Silver AleSmith Old Numbskull AleSmith Brewing Co. Category: 83 Barley Wine-Style Ale
Bronze Hot Rocks Lager Port Brewing Co. Category: 15 Indigenous Beer
Bronze Two Tortugas Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Category: 71 Belgian-Style Abbey Ale
Bronze Z-Man Stout Pizza Port Ocean Beach Category: 76 Foreign-Style Stout