BIG TIME—Rip Current Brewery of San Marcos (with a Tasting Room in North Park) came home from the Great American Beer Festival (aka the world series of beer) in Denver with bragging rights as the nation’s “Very Small Brewery of the Year.”
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After several years in which San Diego County breweries had strong, but annually declining performances at the (GABF), the 2015 edition of the country’s largest and most prestigious brewing competition saw a whopping 19 medals awarded to San Diego breweries (20 if you count the silver to San Diego-based ’s Costa Mesa brewpub for its Singularity American-style black ale).
Held each year in Denver, Colorado, GABF takes place at the Colorado Convention Center and gets bigger each time out. This year, 242 judges from 15 countries judged more than 6,000 beers from 1,552 brewing companies, vying for gold, silver and bronze medals in 92 beer style categories. Each brewery that received the opportunity to enter the competition was allowed five entries per brewery-equipped location.
, which took bronze for its oatmeal cookie-flavored porter in the Herb and Spice Beer category, and , which won gold for its Bucket Seat Blonde in the Munich-style Helles category. Both companies are based in Temecula, California..
Each of , which shocked the industry by beating out 335 other India pale ales to win the competition’s most highly contested category—IPA. As big a deal as that was, one brewery did even better. San Marcos’ was named the “Very Small Brewery of the Year” for 2015 behind gold and silver medals earned in the Bock and Scotch Ale categories, respectively.’s four San Diego County brewpubs won at least one award. San Diego breweries nearly swept the Coffee Beer category altogether. And first-time winners abounded. But no rookie win was more unexpected or prestigious than that of Santee-based
The following is a list of all of the San Diego County winners from the 2015 GABF competition.
Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
Gold—Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, New English Brewing Co., Sorrento Valley; Bronze—Bacon & Eggs, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach
Gold—Revolver IPA, BNS Brewing & Distilling Co., Santee
Gold—The Coachman, Societe Brewing Co., Kearny Mesa
Gold—Veritas 015, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos
Gold—Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., Mira Mesa
Gold—Break Line Bock, Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
Silver—Black Lagoon Scottish Strong, Rip Current Brewing Co., San Marcos
Silver—Scripps Pier Stout, South Park Brewing Co., South Park
Bronze—Guillaume, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach
Bronze—Karl Strauss Brewing Co., La Jolla
Bronze—Teahupo’o, Breakwater Brewing Co., Oceanside
Bronze—Shark Bite Red, Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad
Bronze—GRAMBO, Pizza Port, Solana Beach
Bronze—Saison, URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon
Bronze—Witty Moron, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station
Bronze—Z-Man Stout, Pizza Port, Carlsbad
Bronze—Windansea Wheat, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., Pacific Beach
Bronze—Serrano Pale Ale, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Scripps Ranch