Chad Deal 9:17 p.m., May 25
Held annually in Denver, the Great American Beer Festival is the largest craft brewing competition in the country. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in 84 different beer styles. Awards were announced at the 2012 GABF earlier today. The following is a list of awards won by San Diego brewing companies.
American Belgo Style: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Company—San Diego, CA (gold)
Belgian Style Abbey Ale: Trippel, Green Flash Brewing Company—San Diego, CA (gold)
Session Beer: Twerp, Pizza Port Carlsbad—Carlsbad, CA (gold)
Classic Irish Style Dry Stout: Seaside Stout, Pizza Port Solana Beach—Solana Beach, CA (gold)
Oatmeal Stout: Oats, Pizza Port Solana Beach—Solana Beach, CA (gold)
Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer: Manhattan Project, The Beer Company—San Diego, CA (gold)
Belgian and French Style Ale: Saint’s Devotion, The Lost Abbey—San Marcos, CA (gold)
American Style Stout: Order in the Port, Pizza Port, San Clemente—San Clemente, CA (gold) *
Scotch Ale: Way Heavy, Pizza Port San Clemente—San Clemente, CA (gold) *
Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Stout: Silva Stout, Green Flash Brewing Company—San Diego, CA (silver)
American Style Sour: Red Poppy, The Lost Abbey—San Marcos, CA (silver)
Belgian Style Strong: Grand Cru, AleSmith—San Diego, CA (bronze)
Old or Strong Ale: Decadence 2010 Old Ale, AleSmith—San Diego, CA (bronze)
American IPA: Duet, Alpine—Alpine, CA (bronze)
Imperial Red: 547 Haight, Pizza Port Carlsbad—Carlsbad, CA (bronze)
Indigenous Beer: Hot Rocks Lager, Port Brewing—San Marcos, CA (bronze)
Experimental Beer: Track 8, The Lost Abbey—San Marcos, CA (bronze)
San Diego brewers brought home 15 total awards (17 counting offshoots of San Diego-based companies that are located outside of the county, denoted by asterisks above). Though admirable, it is down five from last year’s total of 20.
Pizza Port once again had a strong showing. This time around, it was its Solana Beach and San Clemente brewpubs that were most successful, earning two gold medals apiece. Last year’s winners of the Large and Small Brewpub of the Year awards—Pizza Port Carlsbad and Ocean Beach—managed two medals, a gold and bronze earned by the Carlsbad brewing team. Meanwhile, Pizza Port’s dual production brewery operations also took big honors, with The Lost Abbey nabbing a gold, silver, and bronze, and Port Brewing getting a bronze.
Mira Mesa’s Green Flash Brewing Company did the best of anyone, earning two golds (the company’s first first-place finishes ever) and a silver, while their Miramar neighbors at AleSmith took home a pair of bronzes. Alpine Beer Co. earned a bronze in American IPA, a category with 203 entries, while first-time winner The Beer Co. will be bringing a shiny gold medal back to the Gaslamp.
This year’s winners of the non-beer category awards were:
Large Brewing Company of the Year: Pabst Brewing Company—Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Sized Brewing Company of the Year: Troegs Brewing Company—Hershey, PA
Small Brewing Company of the Year: Funkwerks—Fort Collins, CO
Brewpub Group of the Year: Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company—Madison, WI
Large Brewpub of the Year: Church Brew Works—Pittsburgh, PA
Small Brewpub of the Year: Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company—Basecamp, Roseland, VA