Southern California brewers earned twenty-six medals at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival; 10 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 9 bronze medals overall.
In addition to winning one Gold and one Silver medal, Long Beach’s Beachwood BBQ & Brewing was awarded the Large Brewpub & Brewpub Brewer of the Year for 2014.
For this year’s competition, there were 5507 beers entered that were rated by 222 judges from 10 countries.
Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
Julian Shrago & Ian McCall
Category: 10 Coffee Beer – 116 Entries
Gold: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
Category: 14 Session Beer – 94 Entries
Gold: Oatmeal Stout, Benchmark Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Silver: Guillaume, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach, CA
Bronze: Mosaic Session Ale, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – La Jolla, La Jolla, CA
Category: 21 American-Belgo-Style Ale – 69 Entries
Bronze: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Category: 28 Kellerbier or Zwickelbier – 48 Entries
Silver: Surfliner Lager, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Category: 31 German-Style Pilsener – 75 Entries
Gold: Pivo, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
Category: 37 Vienna-Style Lager – 48 Entries
Gold: Danish Red Lager, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Buellton, Buellton, CA
Category: 41 American-Style Dark Lager – 19 Entries
Gold: Lagerithm, Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA
Category: 51 International-Style Pale Ale – 88 Entries
Bronze: The Pupil, Societe Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Category: 52 American-Style Pale Ale – 145 Entries
Gold: Grunion, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA
Category: 55 Imperial India Pale Ale – 135 Entries
Silver: Hop 15, Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA
Category: 56 American-Style Amber/Red Ale – 140 Entries
Bronze: Rocco Red Ale, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton, CA
Category: 57 Imperial Red Ale – 62 Entries
Bronze: Shark Attack, Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA
Category: 62 Irish-Style Red Ale – 60 Entries
Silver: Piper Down, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA
Category: 66 German-Style Sour Ale – 80 Entries
Gold: Reserve Wheat Ale, Telegraph Brewing Co., Santa Barbara, CA
Category: 68 South German-Style Hefeweizen – 89 Entries
Silver: Hefeweizen, Black Market Brewing Co., Temecula, CA
Category: 70 Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale – 44 Entries
Silver: Babe’s Belgian Vanilla Blonde Ale, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse, Rancho Mirage, CA
Category: 71 Belgian-Style Witbier – 65 Entries
Gold: White Ale, Saint Archer Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Category: 72 French- and Belgian-Style Saison – 115 Entries
Silver: Un Atout, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
Category: 74 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale – 60 Entries
Bronze: Jon Flanders, Tustin Brewing Co., Tustin, CA
Category: 76 Belgian-Style Tripel – 58 Entries
Bronze: La Flama Dorada, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach, CA
Category: 78 Other Belgian-Style Ale – 26 Entries
Gold: Witty Moron, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, San Diego, CA
Category: 81 Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 26 Entries
Bronze: Asphalt Jungle, Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside, CA
Category: 89 Barley Wine-Style Ale – 51 Entries
Gold: AleSmith Old Numbskull, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Bronze: Galaxian, Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton, CA
VIP tickets are sold out, but General Admission tickets for the 1-6 p.m. session are still available at $45; these tickets include one beer stein and unlimited beer during the event. Most beer these days is vegan, and all beer at Saturday’s event will meet strict vegan standards. Food-for-purchase options will be entirely vegan, with gluten-free options as well (more info on vendors is available on the event website).
SoCal breweries showcasing their wares include Saint Archer, Hangar 24, Golden Road, Modern Times, Karl Strauss, Angel City, Venice Duck, The Dudes’, Bravery, Coronado, and Four Sons.
After a successful 2013, when Southern California brewers took home 35 medals from the Great American Beer Festival’s awards ceremony, we’re excited to see what happens this year.
Again, there’s a record number of beer entries, so competition will be stiff.
Can Victor Novak (representing TAPS last year) continue winning ways with new employers Golden Road? Will Beachwood repeat as mid-size brewpub champ?
We’ll see this Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. Denver time), when The Brewing Network streams the awards ceremony live on their website.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company wants fans everywhere to have an opportunity to experience the beauty of Santa Barbara County while enjoying their handcrafted beer. So, ten days ago, the company began offering the chance for the “Ultimate Figcation” – a four-day, three-night stay for two at The Fess Parker (a Doubletree by Hilton Resort).
To enter the contest, simply visit www.FigMtnBrew.com/Figcation and plug in your name and e-mail address now until October 31, 2014; tweet for a bonus entry.
“We love Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley so much that we wanted to share it with craft beer lovers everywhere,” explains President, Jaime Dietenhofer. “The ‘Ultimate Figcation’ is an opportunity for anyone to win a luxury vacation where they can learn all about Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company and experience the area that we pay tribute to with every bottle of beer.”
The contest winners will enjoy pints of beer in FigMtnBrew’s Santa Barbara taproom just a few blocks from The Fess Parker resort, along with a meal from Lucky Penny. Also included in the trip is a free ride to the Santa Ynez Valley, 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara in the wine country. While in the Santa Ynez Valley, the winners will go on a special brewery tour with Brewmaster AJ Stoll in Buellton along with a guided tasting of their beer offerings. Lunch at Petros Los Olivos will precede an afternoon of wine tasting at Epiphany and Fess Parker wineries, followed by dinner at the Los Olivos Café & Wine Merchant. The winners won’t go home empty-handed; each will receive some Fig gear to take with them to wear in their hometown.
Can’t wait to see if you’re a winner? Fess & Fig Fall Escape packages can be purchased at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort from October 1 through December 31, 2014. Receive two 22oz bottles of beer from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. and two souvenir pint glasses in your room along with a 15% off voucher for merchandise and beer “to go”. Then enjoy a brewery tour and two tasting flights at the nearby FigMtnBrew taproom in the FunkZone. This package is only offered from October 1 through December 31, 2014.
The LA Beer Week Kickoff this Saturday is sold out, but Mohawk Bend LA is hosting a highly interesting event next week: 15 breweries from San Diego’s guild, 15 breweries from Los Angeles’ guild, and 15 breweries from San Francisco’s guild will take over 45 taps at the elegant beer bar on September 25. Check out more #LABW6 events here.
Next Saturday, the Inland Southern California Brewer’s Guild is hosting their first annual beer fest at the Riverside Municipal Airport. These guys have been planning the event, which benefits the United Way of the Inland Valleys, for some time now. Admission is $35 and includes a four-ounce souvenir glass with unlimited tastings from more than 30 breweries.