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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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Surf ‘n’ Suds Festival Recap

Aug 20

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival debuted as Carpinteria’s first craft beer festival of its kind to a euphoric, sweaty crowd. Sponsored by DEEP Surf Magazine, the sold-out event pulled craft beer lovers from Santa Barbara to San Diego. For many festival goers it was an opportunity to talk to brewers and sales reps, putting a face to the beer they are so accustomed to ordering. For industry attendees, it was a homecoming.


A Cismontane rep rocks his California hat

Amtrak was the transportation mode of choice, with the train spitting you out a few short blocks from the festival and selling Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale for all those aboard looking to pre-game. Train, taxis, and designated drivers delivered their passengers to a sunny Saturday in August. The festival on Linden Field at Carpinteria State Beach beheld sweeping views of the Santa Ynez Mountains to the north while the Pacific Ocean enveloped sites to the south, reminding attendees of the festival’s union of great beer and great surfing access.


Josh Landan, left, is a Ventura native

Carpinteria is a small coastal community in the southeast corner of Santa Barbara County. Predictably, many of its inhabitants are beach folk who enjoy top surf spots dotting the county coastline, a short drive away. As San Diego residents are well aware, the craft beer industry has found a reliable bedfellow in the surf industry and the two are becoming more codependent in Southern California. This festival masterfully united the Michael Jacksons of the world with the Johnny Utahs (or the Bodhis, if you prefer).

IMG_0399When I questioned those behind the jockey boxes as to why they would make the long drive for many to a relatively small and unestablished festival, the answer, more often than not, was that is was simply about “coming home.” Such was the case for Josh Landan, President of Saint Archer Brewing Co. in San Diego, who grew up in neighboring Ventura. Likewise Evan Weinberg, owner and brewer of Cismontane in Rancho Santa Margarita, saw it as a social occasion to visit and stay with friends from UCSB.

IMG_0402There were plenty of quality flagship beers poured — Anderson Valley’s Boont Amber, Figueroa Mountain’s Hoppy Poppy IPA, Firestone Walker’s DBA, and Green Flash’s West Coast IPA. But heads turned toward the unusual — French Sip from Angel City (beef bouillon just doesn’t belong in beer), Anderson Valley’s beautifully drinkable Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout, and Cismontane’s La Crema. Island Brewing brought their game with double the usual selection of taps — granted, the brewery was visible from the festival grounds so they only had to tote kegs downhill 100 yards or so.

Festivals of this size — with nearly 1,500 attendees — serve a unique purpose offering generally underserved beer communities the chance to commingle, network, and learn more about the beer they’re drinking. In Carpinteria, according to one resident, “Island Brewing Company is pretty much the only place to find craft beer.” You could feel enough momentum and interest from the crowd to pressure local retailers into seizing the opportunity to carry the best beer accessible to them.

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