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Friday, June 22, 2012


BOOMING BREWERIES--San Diego breweries are cleaning up at statewide beer fest and state fair competitions. But, what's also big news is the boom in newly opened breweries in San Diego County. According to, San Diego’s leading craft beer publication & website, San Diego County is seeing new breweries open at a current one per month rate. Here’s what’s opened so far this year alone: Amplified Ale Works, Hillcrest Brewing Company, Latitude 33, Julian Brewing Company, Rough Draft Brewing Co., Stumblefoot Brewing Co., Societe Brewing Co., Wet N' Reckless Brewing, plus local yeast producer White Labs' brewery & tasting room.

On the national level, craft beer watchdog association, the Brewers Association (BA), publishers of, today reported 250 breweries opened in 2011 while only 37 closed. The BA also reported that 1,989 breweries, employing approximately 103,585 workers, were operating in the U.S. in 2011—an 11 percent increase from the previous year.

And, there are a lot more in the wings locally. Check local beer under the SD Brewing Industry Watch page in the "Beer News" tab for constant updates on new expansions.

For a weekend party set up your own taste event. Hit the brewery taste rooms or beverage stores for the following award winning brews. The weather couldn’t be nicer.


Lightning Strikes California Fair reports Poway’s Lightning Brewing Company won a Best of Show for San Diego County craft beer brewers in this year’s California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew competitions in Sacramento.

Best of Show beer is Lightning’s Old Tempestuous Ale.

Lightning and Karl Strauss Brewing Company dominated the Fair results.

Local Brewers Grab Gold in LA

San Diego brewers garnered 23 total medals at the recent Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition. Getting gold in 2012 were:

Category: American Style Wheat Beer

Gold Winner: New English Brewing Company

Entry: Why Not American Wheat

Category: Specialty Beer

Gold Winner: Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

Entry: Indra Kunindra Indian-style Export Stout

Category: International-style Pale Ale

Gold Winner: Ballast Point

Entry: Sculpin IPA

Category: Extra Special Bitter, English-style Special Bitter

Gold Winner: New English

Entry: Explorer ESB

Category: Irish-style Red Ale

Gold Winner: Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

Entry: Red Trolley Ale

Category: American-style Black Ale

Gold Winner: Karl Strauss

Entry: Boardwalk Black Rye

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF WINNING ENTRIES go to and look for the Tuesday, June 19 blog on the LA competition


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