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SoCal Brewers Win 26 Medals @ GABF 2014

Oct 6
Beachwood BBQ won big at this year's GABF - photo courtesy of The Brewing Network

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing won big at this year’s GABF – photo courtesy of The Brewing Network

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

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Dudes Tasting Room Opens in Torrance

Sep 9
L-R: Jeff Parker, Toby Humes & Mike Holwick of Dudes' Brewing (photo: Tomm Carroll)

L-R: Jeff Parker, Toby Humes & Mike Holwick of Dudes’ Brewing (photo: Tomm Carroll)

After arriving in the Torrance brewing scene early 2013, The Dudes’ Brewing Co. is opening their South Bay tasting room with a weekend long celebration starting this Friday 9/12 at 3PM until 10PM Sunday (hours Sat/Sun 12PM-10PM). Thirteen tap handles fueled by a 3.5 barrel pilot system will pour beer for growler fills, pint and half pint specials including $3 pints of South Bay Session IPA.

The tasting room is located inside the brewery at 1840 W. 208th Street in Torrance, just west of Western Ave. The tasting room is family friendly and there will be giveaways all weekend along with a new IPA being released for the occasion.

For more info call (805) 660-5600 and check out our Summer 2013 article from WC Writer Tomm Carroll on the Torrance beer scene (use our online reader and turn to page 15).

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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.

SoCal Medal Winners @ GABF 2013

Oct 12
The Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Team

The Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Team

Southern Californian brewers took home 35 medals from the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, including 14 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze.

Beachwood then won the mid-size brewpub award, and Firestone Walker again clinched mid-size brewery of the year award.

Category 8 (Coffee Beer)
Bronze: System of a Stout, Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach

Category 9 (Specialty Beer)
Gold: Winter Warmer, Hangar 24, Redlands

Category 12 (Session Beer)
Gold: Beer Hunter, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego
Bronze: Torque, Kinetic Brewing, Lancaster

Category 19 (American Style Sour ale)
Bronze: Red Poppy, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos

Category 22 (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer)
Bronze: Barrel-Aged Full Malted Jacket, Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach

Category 26 (Kellerbier or Zwickelbier)
Bronze: Surfliner Lager, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Santa Barbara

Category 29 (German-Style Pilsener)
Gold: Pivo Pilsner, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles

Category 31 (Munich-Style Helles)
Bronze: Bohemian Pilsener, TAPS Fish House & Brewery, Brea

Category 32 (Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest)
Silver: Oktoberfest, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Santa Barbara

Category 40 (German-Style Schwarzbier)
Bronze: TAPS Schwarzbier, TAPS Fish  House & Brewery, Corona

Category 44 (Golden or Blonde Ale)
Gold: Foam Top, Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach

Category 45 (German Style Kolsch)
Bronze: Potential Blonde, Kinetic Brewing Co., Lancaster

Category 48 (English-Style India Pale Ale)
Gold: Taproom IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles

Category 51 (American-Style Strong Pale Ale)
Gold: Bonobos, Monkey Paw Pub & Brewery, San Diego
Bronze: Kung Fu Elvis,  Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego

Category 52 (American-Style India Pale Ale)
Silver: Union Jack, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles

Category 55 (Imperial Red Ale)
Silver: Rhino Chaser, Pizza Port OB, San Diego

Category 60 (Irish-Style Red Ale)
Gold: Red Trolley,  Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego
Bronze: Ragtop Red, Rock Bottom La Jolla, La Jolla

Category 61 (English-Style Brown Ale)
Bronze: Longboard Brown, Rock Bottom La Jolla, La Jolla

Category 62 (American-Style Black Ale)
Gold: Davey Brown Ale, Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Buellton

Category 63 (American-Style Black Ale)
Gold: Wookey Jack, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles
Silver: Black Sales, Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado
Bronze: Oxymoron, Oceanside Ale Works, Oceanside

Category 70 (French & Belgian-Style Ale
Bronze: California Ale, Telegraph Brewing Co., Santa Barbara

Category 72 (Belgian-Style Abbey Ale)
Silver:  Decadence 2012, AleSmith Brewing Co., Miramar

Category 75 (Robust Porter)
Gold: Moonlight Porter, Rock Bottom La Jolla, La Jolla

Category 76 (Foreign-Style Stout)
Silver: Stearns Stout, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Santa Barbara

Category 78 (American-Style Stout)
Gold: Kilgore Stout, Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach

Category 79 (Sweet Stout or Cream Stout)
Silver: Udder Love, Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach

Category 80 (Oatmeal Stout)
Gold: Stagecoach Stout, Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Buellton
Bronze: Oats, Pizza Port Solana Beach, Solana Beach

Category 81 (Scotch Ale)
Gold: Ale Epeteios, Left Coast Brewing Co., San Clemente

Category 84 (Barley Wine-Style Ale)
Gold: Old Numbskull, AleSmith Brewing Co., Miramar

Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach
Julian Shrago & Ian McCall

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles
Matt Brynildson

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