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San Diegans Win 16 Medals at the 2012 World Beer Cup

May 5

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.

 – 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

Congratulations brewers!

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.

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One Response to “San Diegans Win 16 Medals at the 2012 World Beer Cup”

  1. Sailor

    Awesome job!! Hats off to Pizza Port, Karl Strauss, Lost Abbey and Rock Bottom with their GOLD medals!!! With the WBC getting getting bigger, it’s getting tougher to win. With the growing numbers of breweries popping up- it fantastic that these Four are STILL on top. No resting or bragging about their past winnings- they seem to only focus on making the BEST beers for us here in San Diego. A big THANK YOU!!!