Southern California Beer News

Southern California Brewers Win Big at the 2014 World Beer Cup

Apr 11

coronadowbc2014Southern California brewers earned a total of 22 medals at the 2014 World Beer Cup. The winners were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner/Ceremony, which took place following the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference. Out of 94 categories of beer, SoCal brewers won gold medals, 10 Silver medals, and 8 Bronze medals. In total, 1,447 breweries entered 4,918 beers from 62 countries. 220 judges from 32 countries determined the winners. The winners and their categories are listed below. In addition to winning 2 medals, Coronado Brewing Company was awarded World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster in the Mid-Sized Brewing Company category.

Category (# entries) - Winning Beer and Brewery (City) – Award
Category 8 (Coffee Beer, 109 entries) – Mocha Machine by Beachwood BBQ & Brewing (Long Beach) - Bronze

Category 10 (Rye Beer, 47 entries) – Habitus by Mike Hess Brewing Co. (San Diego) - Gold

Category 13 (Other Strong Beer, 44 entries)  - May the Port Be With You by Pizza Port Solana Beach (Solana Beach) - Bronze

Category 18 (American-Style Sour Ale, 32 entries) – Framboise de Amorosa by The Lost Abbey (San Marcos) - Silver

Category 20 (Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer, 40 entries) – Barrel Aged Scottish by Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. (San Clemente) – Silver

Category 24 (Aged Beer, 14 entries) – Aged Navigator Dopplebock by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits / Home Brew Mart (Linda Vista) - Bronze

Category 35 (Vienna-Style Lager, 39 entries) – Danish Red Lager by Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. (Santa Barbara) - Bronze

Category 46 (Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale, 33 entries) – Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits / Old Grove (Scripps Ranch) - Gold

Category 48 (German-Style Brown Ale, 36 entries) – TAPS Alt by TAPS Fish House & Brewery (Brea) - Silver

Category 55 (French and Belgian Style Saison, 91 entries) – TAPS Saison by TAPS Fish House & Brewery (Corona) - Bronze

Category 56 (Belgian and French-Style Ale, 31 entries) – Ohana Saison Noir by Ohana Brewing Co. (Los Angeles) - Silver

Category 59 (Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin, 28 entries) – Oude Tart by The Bruery (Anaheim) - Silver

Category 73 (Brown Porter, 54 entries) – Chocolate Porter by Bayhawk Ales (Irvine) - Bronze

Category 79 (Old Ale or Storng Ale, 40 entries) – Old Ale 2013 by AleSmith Brewing Co. (Miramar) - Gold

Category 80 (Barley-Wine Style Ale, 53 entries) – Old Scallywag by Coronado Brewing Co. (Coronado) - Silver

Category 82 (Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout, 36 entries) – The Pugilist by Societe Brewing Co. (Kearny Mesa) - Silver

Category 86 (American-Style Strong Pale Ale, 97 entries) – Islander IPA by Coronado Brewing Co. (Coronado) - Gold

Category 86 (American-Style Strong Pale Ale, 97 entries) – Hops by Haven Brewing (Pasadena) - Silver

Category 88 (Imperial India Pale Ale, 106 entries) – Hop 15 by Port Brewing Co. (San Marcos) - Bronze

Category 89 (American-Style Amber/Red Ale, 90 entries) – Shark Bite Red by Pizza Port Bressi Ranch (Bressi Ranch) - Silver

Category 91 (American-Style Brown Ale, 48 entries) – Davy Brown Ale by Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. (Buellton) - Silver

Category 92 (American-Style Black Ale, 77 entries) – Wookey Jack by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles) - Bronze

World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster, Mid-Size Brewing Company: Coronado Brewing Company (pictured above)

Congratulations brewers!

Full list of winners can be found here.

Backyard Brewfest @ Slater’s 50/50

Apr 4

Slater’s 50/50 Lake Forest is hosting their Backyard Brewfest tomorrow, featuring more than forty beers from a variety of breweries. The restaurant, in partnership with the Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce, will provide proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Forest, 4 H Superstars, Soroptimist and South County Outreach.

Breweries include Allagash, Ballast Point, Beach City, Bootlegger’s, Bottle Logic, Cismontane, The Dudes’, El Segundo, Ensenada Brewing, Hangar 24, Hoparazzi, Iron Fist, Latitude 33, Legacy, Monkish, Ninkasi, Noble Ale Works, Oceanside Ale Works, Old Orange Brewing, Ritual, Rough Draft, Saint Archer, Speakeasy, Tap It, and Valiant.


Both Beach City and Hoparazzi aren’t even open yet, so this is a chance for a sneak peek.

Tickets are $50 for unlimited food and beer samples, plus a commemorative pint glass.

This Saturday: FirkFest

Mar 19

Los Angeles Ale Works’ Kip Barnes (left) with Greg Nagel, picking tea at Bird Pick Tea & Herb for the brewery’s casks. Photo by Tap & Cheer Events (

Kudos to The Full Pint, who put together the full list of cask beers available at this Saturday’s Firkfest (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Farmers Park) in Anaheim, hosted by Greg Nagel @ OCBeerBlog.

The event, which benefits Inspire Artistic Minds, features unlimited four-ounce pours from 30 Southern California breweries in take-home 10-ounce British pub nonic glasses for $52.74 at Several food vendors from the Anaheim Packing District will also be on hand.

Breweries scheduled include Bottle Logic, The Bruery, Anaheim Brewery, Noble Ale Works, Phantom Ales, Cismontane, Bootleggers, Tustin, Valiant, Pizza Port San Clemente (from OC); Firestone Walker, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Smog City, Eagle Rock, LA Ale Works, Haven, Golden Road, El Segundo, Monkish, Bravery, Strand, Figueroa Mountain, The Dudes (LA/Cen Coast), Belching Beaver, Saint Archer, Karl Strauss, Hangar 24, Ballast Point, Dale Bros, and Coachella Valley (SD/IE).

If you’re a fan of cask ale, you won’t want to miss this festival!

Enegren: Expanding

Mar 3

Moorpark’s Enegren Brewing Co. is moving along with expansion plans that will see them jump from a 3-barrel brewery to one capable of producing 15 barrels — around 30 kegs — per batch. Enegren has been in operation since July 2011 and expects the new 7,000 sq ft space buildout to take 9-12 months once construction starts. In a residential community where homebrewing is a popular pastime and access to craft beer is minimal, the growth of a small brewery where locals regularly stop in for growlers is an exciting development.


Courtesy Enegren Brewing

On February 25 the brewery held their Conditional Use Permit hearing, which was open to the public in their business park tasting room just off Route 118. “The hearing couldn’t have gone any better.  I’m glad we’re passed that,” Chris Enegren said in an email. Chris — one of two Enegren brothers — works part-time at Escondido-based brewhouse manufacturer Premier Stainless, and he’s designing the new system himself; one cool feature is that the team can control the brewery will their smartphones.

The expansion will include three 30-barrel fermentation tanks, in addition to the three 3-barrel and six 7-barrel vessels now in use. Once capacity is reached, Enegren will order 60-barrel tanks, all with the goal of meeting demand in Ventura County and strengthening ties in LA. The company produced around 475 barrels in 2013, and estimates 550 in 2014.


Courtesy Enegren Brewing

The 100-person capacity tasting room will be situated against rollup doors, opening the feel of the room while easing access to food trucks. The space will sit directly beside brewery operations and the barrel program, which is also set to increase.

Right now you can sample barrel-aged Helga (8.9%), a Belgian tripel aged in oak for 2.5 months, on tap at the brewery at 680 Flinn Ave #31 in Moorpark. The company recently bottled Batch 100, a Belgian dark strong ale aged in bourbon barrels, which will go on sale the first week of March.

Vegan Chili Cook-Off 3/2

Feb 25

This Sunday five teams of multi-talented chefs will compete in the second annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off hosted by Tony’s Darts Away.

1912198_10152267335527853_510015518_nJoining Randy Clemens of Sriracha Cookbook fame in the chili showdown will be Chef Erick Simmons of Mohawk Bend; Greg Daniels of Haven Collective;  local favorite Chili John’s and Zel and Ruben Allen of Vegetarians in Paradise.

Judges include Chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads Kitchen and author of The Conscious Cook, Caroline Pardilla of and Cathy Chaplin of and author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Los Angeles.

Admission to the event, which starts at noon, is $10 and includes five 3-ounce tastes of chili, plus a ballot to a vote for the People’s Choice winner. The announcement of awards begins at 5:30 p.m.

The chefs will have their mouthwatering chili underway when attendees arrive at 12 p.m. Winners of the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards will be announced at the closing ceremony, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For a sneak peak of the event, check out this video on KTLA5.

Can’t make it this weekend? Mark your calendars for the Vegan Food & Beer Festival May 17.