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Friday, October 14, 2016


Vintage Karl Strauss (original brewery and pub site) in downtown San Diego
San Diego Brewers Earn 18 Medals at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival

GUEST BLOG / By Mike Shess, Publisher, West Coaster craft beer magazine (

In a fantastic showing, San Diego Brewers earned 18 medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. There were 8 Gold, 3 Silver, and 7 Bronze Medals earned by our local brewers at the 2016 awards ceremony. Karl Strauss stood out, claiming not only 4 medals but also the 2016 Mid-Size Brewpub / Brewer of the Year.


2016 Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year: Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

Gold Medals
Category 24, American-Style Sour Ale: Queen of Tarts by Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
Category 41, Bohemian-Style Pilsener: Sweet Ride by Bagby Beer Co.
Category 48, Bock: Breakline Bock by Rip Current Brewing Co.
Category 61, American-Style Amber/Red Ale: Prospector Red Ale by BNS Brewing & Distilling Co.
Category 70, American-Style Brown Ale: Brown by Culture Brewing Co.
Category 74, South German-Style Hefeweizen: Windansea Wheat by Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
Category 87,  Robust Porter: Tabula Rasa Toasted Porter by Second Chance Beer Co.
Category 96, Barley Wine-Style Ale: Old Numskull by AleSmith Brewing Co.

Silver Medals
Category 8, Chili Beer: The Contender by Duck Foot Brewing Co.
Category 16, Session Beer: Oatmeal Stout by Benchmark Brewing Co.
Category 93, Imperial Stout: Gatling Gun Imperial Stout by BNS Brewing & Distilling Co.

Bronze Medals
Category 12, Coffee Beer: Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout by New English Brewing Co.
Category 17, Session India Pale Ale: Mosaic Session IPA by Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
Category 53, English-Style Summer Ale: Liquid AC by Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
Category 58, American-Style Strong Pale Ale: HFS by Alpine Beer Co.
Category 66, Extra Special Bitter: Mother Earth ESB by Mother Earth Brew Co.
Category 81, Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale: Roses Red by Pure Project

Category 90, American-Style Stout: The Volcanist by Societe Brewing Co.

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