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 Westcoastersd.com, 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 CraftBeer.com, 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 publicationWestcoastersd.com 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.
CRAFT BEER NEWS UPDATES:
Lightning Strikes California Fair
Westcoastersd.com 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