San Diego Craft Breweries Do City Proud at 2015 GABF

San Diego Craft Brewery Winners at 2015 Great American Beer Festival

Last weekend, the Great American Beer Festival was held in Denver, Colorado. In its 29th year, the annual festival saw record numbers in both attendance and participation, with 6,647 entries from 1,552 breweries across the United States.

Out of 275 professional GABF medals awarded, 67 were won by California breweries. Drilling down from there, 19 of those winners were from local San Diego breweries — 21 if you want to count Temecula-based Aftershock Brewing Co. and Garage Brewing Co., who are just outside North County.

There were 11 bronze, 2 silver, and 6 gold medals awarded to San Diego brewers. The most decorated was Pizza Port, with each of their locations winning at least 1 bronze medal (5 bronze total). You could argue that Karl Strauss technically racked up 3 wins, since a silver was given to their Costa Mesa location. Rip Current Brewery, out of San Marcos received a silver and gold, along with the accolade of “Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year.”

As you would imagine, some of the most-entered categories at GABF were IPA, Imperial IPA, and a new category added this year, Session IPA. Societe finished on top of the SIPA style, beating out 160 competitors for the gold (The Coachman), while Breakwater Brewing received the bronze (Teahupo’o) for Imperial IPA, which had 207 other entries. The most crowded competition was American IPA, where BNS Brewing & Distilling Co bested 335 fellow entrants for top honors with their Revolver IPA.

Hopefully these breweries still have some of their winners on tap, cause there’s going to be droves of thirsty San Diegans after a taste of award winning beer this week. Here is the complete grid of San Diego winners:

Medal Brewery Beer Name Style
Bronze Aftershock Brewing Co. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale Herb and Spice Beer
Bronze Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Pale Ale with Serrano Chili Beer
Gold BNS Brewing & Distilling Co. Revolver IPA American-Style India Pale Ale
Bronze Breakwater Brewing Company Teahupo’o Imperial India Pale Ale
Gold Garage Brewing Co. Bucket Seat Blonde Munich-Style Helles
Gold Green Flash Brewing Co. Le Freak American-Belgo-Style Ale
Bronze Karl Strauss Brewing Company (La Jolla) San Diego-Style IPA International-Style Pale Ale
Bronze Karl Strauss Brewing Company Windansea Wheat South German-Style Hefeweizen
Gold New English Brewing Co. Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout Coffee Beer
Bronze Pizza Port Brewing Company (Bressi) Shark Bite Red American-Style Amber/Red Ale
Bronze Pizza Port Brewing Company (OB) Bacon and Eggs Coffee Beer
Bronze Pizza Port Brewing Company (OB) Guillaume Session Beer
Bronze Pizza Port Brewing Company (Solana) GRAMBO Double Red Ale
Bronze Pizza Port Brewing Company (Carlsbad) Z-man Stout Export Stout
Silver Rip Current Brewing Black Lagoon Scottish Strong Scotch Ale
Gold Rip Current Brewing Break Line Bock Bock
Gold Societe Brewing Co. The Coachman Session India Pale Ale
Silver South Park Brewing Scripps Pier Stout Oatmeal Stout
Bronze Stone Brewing Co. Witty Moron Other Belgian-Style Ale
Gold The Lost Abbey Veritas 015 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Bronze URBN St. Brewing Co. Saison French- and Belgian-Style Saison

You can also visit the official GABF website to view a sortable list of all winners: 2015 Great American Beer Festival Winners List

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