The Karl Strauss crew celebrates their 2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal for Red Trolley Ale. Photo: Ryan Lamb
San Diego brewers earned 16 medals at the 2012 World Beer Cup. The winners were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner/Ceremony, which took place immediately following the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference. Out of 95 categories of beer, San Diegans won 5 gold medals, 3 Silver medals, and 8 Bronze medals. In total, 799 breweries entered 3,921 beers from 54 countries. 218 judges from 27 countries determined the winners. The SD winners and their categories are listed below.
Category – Winning Beer and Brewery – Award
Coffee Beer – Bacon & Eggs by Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Gold
Irish-Style Red Ale – Red Trolley Ale by Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Gold
Imperial India Pale Ale – Poor Man’s IPA by Pizza Port Carlsbad – Gold
English-Style Brown Ale – Longboard Brown by Rock Bottom La Jolla – Gold
French-and-Belgian-Style Saison – Carnevale by The Lost Abbey – Gold
Old Ale or Strong Ale – Decadance 2010 Old Ale by AleSmith Brewing Co. – Silver
Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale – Two Tortugas Belgian Strong by Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Silver
American-Style Black Ale – Tarantulas 2.0 by Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Silver
Barelywine-Style Ale – Old Numskull by AleSmith Brewing Co. – Bronze
Chocolate Beer – Odin’s Raven by Alpine Beer Co. – Bronze
American-Belgo-Style Ale – Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Co. – Bronze
Imperial India Pale Ale – Palate Wrecker by Green Flash Brewing Co. – Bronze
Experimental Beer – Where There’s Smoke by Manzanita Brewing Co. – Bronze
American-Style Brown Ale – Great American Brown by Pizza Port Carlsbad – Bronze
American-Style Stout – A.B.L.E. American Stout by Pizza Port Ocean Beach – Bronze
Belgian-and-French-Style Ale – Gift of the Magi by The Lost Abbey – Bronze
Full list of winners can be found here.
Further reading: Peter Rowe’s post on SDUT
Special thanks for the backup from Pete Rowe, Brandon Hernández, and Jeff Hammett during the awards ceremony. SD has some awesome beer media! Post updated 5/6 1:55a.m. with corrected number of breweries and beers entered from the BA press release.