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BeerCity USA 2012: Will San Diego Take the Title?

May 2

Charlie Papazian, author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival, the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association, is again conducting a “BeerCity USA” poll on the Examiner. The voting opened yesterday and will last through 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on Sunday, May 13. Vote once, and only once!

Mayor Jerry Sanders declared June "Craft Beer Month" in San Diego at Green Flash Brewing Company's Mira Mesa tasting room last year

Asheville, North Carolina is a three-time winner and will be buoyed by the fact that both Sierra Nevada and New Belgium plan to open new breweries in the East Coast city. San Diego came in second place in 2011, and “made an early go of it last year but could not sustain the effort to the end,” according to Papazian. He also noted that Grand Rapids, Michigan won far more nominating votes than San Diego in this year’s poll. However, Papazian acknowledged that “San Diego continues to grow by leaps and bounds as a craft brewing and craft beer powercity.”

This growth isn’t just a recent phenomenon, and there’s even a full-length feature documentary called Suds County USA coming out in the next few months that covers the twenty-five years of brewing history in San Diego County; see the new interview clip called CRAFT, released yesterday, at this link. That historical context, combined with the fact that San Diego was chosen as the site for the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup, means we are deserving candidates for the title this year.

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4 Responses to “BeerCity USA 2012: Will San Diego Take the Title?”

  1. Willfull Suspension of Disbelieve : Asheville

    San Diego : Great American Beer fest results

    No one cleaned up the way local chain Pizza Port did, with their Carlsbad, Ocean Beach, and Solana Beach brewpubs all medaling for a total of 12 medals (plus one from their San Clemente store, one from their Port Brewing commercial brewery arm, and another from the continental venture, The Lost Abbey). Pizza Port Carlsbad repeated as Large Brewpub of the Year and Pizza Port Ocean beach won as Small Brewpub of the Year.

    The following is a breakdown collected straight from the awards ceremony. Get out to visit your favorite of the local champions to congratulate them over a pint of award-winning beer!

    Large Brewpub of the Year: Pizza Port, Carlsbad

    Small Brewpub of the Year: Pizza Port, Ocean Beach

    American-Style Brown Ale: Great American Brown, Pizza Port, Carlsbad (Gold)

    American-Style Stout: Jules Winnfield, Pizza Port, Solana Beach (Gold) Achievement Beyond Life’s Experiences American Stout, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach (Silver)

    English-Style Mild Ale: Skidmark Brown Ale, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach (Gold) Dawn Patrol Dark, Pizza Port, Solana Beach (Silver)

    English-Style Brown Ale: Good Grief Brown, Pizza Port, Carlsbad (Gold) Rock Bottom Brown Ale, Rock Bottom, San Diego (Silver)

    Imperial Red Ale: 547 Haight, the Toronado San Francisco 20th Anniversary Imperial Red Ale, Pizza Port, Carlsbad (Gold) Rhino Chaser Imperial Re Ale, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach (Silver)

    Robust Porter: Moonlight Porter, Rock Bottom, La Jolla (Gold) Pier Rat Porter, Pizza Port, San Clemente (Bronze)

    American-Style Sour Ale: Framboise de Amorosa, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos (Silver)

    American-Style Strong Pale Ale (103 total entries): AleSmith IPA, AleSmith, San Diego, CA (Silver)

    Barley Wine-Style Ale: AleSmith Old Numbskull, AleSmith, San Diego (Silver)

    Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale: Revelations, Pizza Port, Carlsbad (Silver)

    Coffee Beer: Coffee Monster, Pizza Port, Carlsbad (Silver)

    Old Ale or Stronge Ale: AleSmith Decadence ’10 Old Ale, AleSmith, San Diego (Silver)

    Session Beer: Twerp, Pizza Port, Carlsbad (Silver)

    Belgian-Style Abbey Ale: Two Tortugas, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, San Diego (Bronze)

    Foreign-Style Stout: Z-Man Stout, Pizza Port, Ocean Beach (Bronze)

    Indigenous Beer: Hot Rocks Lager, Port Brewing Company, San Marcos (Bronze)

  2. “… we are deserving candidates for the title this year.”

    We have been deserving candidates for this title EVERY year, we win more awards for our beer here than any other city and have some of the best beer bars in the country. I guess all the folks in SD are too busy drinking all this great beer and not getting online to vote.

  3. Bart Roberts

    You couldn’t find a better slice of “beer” heaven up and down the North San Diego County Highway 78 Corridor even if you tried to re-create it. I have enjoyed OAW, Backstreet, Aztec Breweries to name a few of over a dozen of them. You name it, you can access it and these breweries are quality folks! Come see for yourself.

  4. Teresa Masters

    I am so happy to be able to enjoy the wonderful Brews offered at Oceanside Ale Works. I do taste all of them, my loyalty remains with Strong Blonde.
    Even get it at my all time favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizza, Two Brothers From Italy, Oceanside where they have it on Tap. 18 year customer there.

    San Diego does deserve top recognition for Best Breweries.
    OAW has my vote.