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San Diego International Beer Competition 2016

Winners of the San Diego International Beer Competition have been announced. The Festival takes place June 17–19.
  • Winners of the San Diego International Beer Competition have been announced. The Festival takes place June 17–19.

Winners have been announced for the San Diego International Beer Competition, ahead of its June 17–19 festival at Del Mar Fairgrounds. As usual, San Diego breweries defended their home turf with a dominant showing.

AleSmith repeated as champion brewery of the contest, with four medals including gold for its Nut Brown. In 2015, AleSmith racked up four golds on the way to the top — this year competition was closer. Ballast Point earned 5 medals overall, including one gold, but its wins were split among multiple brewing locations. Similar story for Pizza Port, which won 8 medals including two at its San Clemente location. Pizza Port Carlsbad won 4 medals and one gold by itself. Meanwhile, related companies Port Brewing and Lost Abbey combined for four medals and one gold.

San Diego Brewing Company earned three medals — one of each — getting a big win with its gold in the American IPA category. Rip Current and New English won two medals apiece, all of them gold.

San Diego breweries combined to win multiple medals in 16 of the 53 beer, mead and cider categories, including both American and Imperial IPAs, wood-aged beers and Belgian sours. Local companies swept four categories altogether: imperial stout, session beer, specialty beer, and specialty mead. And San Diego claimed the top two spots in American wheat ale, American strong pale, British-Style Strong Ale, Wood and Barrel Aged Beer

Other notable winners include the American wheat category, where Intergalactic Brewing's Shut Up Wesley Wheat won gold after taking bronze last year. Amplified Ale Works' Whammy Bar wheat got silver after winning gold at this year's World Beer Cup. Mike Hess Brewing's Claritas kolsch followed its WBC gold with another here.

Toolbox Brewing went gold in Belgian sour style for its first medal here. Nickel Beer Co. also earned its first medals in this competition, with a bronze in mead category and gold for its imperial stout.

Del Mar Fairgrounds

2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

255 breweries competed in this year's competition, hailing from 28 states and 15 countries. Thirty-three San Diego breweries won medals, 15 of them won more than one.

San Diego won 23 of the 53 gold medals awarded — more than four in ten. With 16 silver and 18 bronze, the home team got 57 of 159 medals overall.

AleSmith Brewing Co. — AleSmith Nut Brown (American-Style Brown Ale)
Alpine Beer Company — Mandarin Nectar (Specialty Beer)
Aztec Brewing Co. — Funk # Four (Wood and Barrel Aged Beer)
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits — Three Sheets (Barley Wine)
Belching Beaver Brewery — Viva La Beaver (Unique Ingredient Beer)
Breakwater Brewing Company — Rasbiscus Mead (Spiced and Specialty Mead)
Division 23 Brewing — Sour Superintendent (German-Style Weiss)
Intergalactic Brewing Company — Shut Up Wesley Wheat (American Wheat Ale)
Mike Hess Brewing Co. — Claritas (German-Style Ale)
Monkey Paw Brewing Co. — Mighty Joe Young (Bold Stout)
Mother Earth Brew Co. — Mother Earth ESB (Bitter)
New English Brewing Co. — Pacific Storm Stout (Specialty Stout)
New English Brewing Co. — Pure & Simple IPA (American-Style Strong Pale Ale)
Nickel Beer Company — Constantine's Russian Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout)
Pizza Port Bressi Ranch — Shark Bite Red (American-Style Amber/Red Ale)
Pizza Port Carlsbad — Short Schwartz (Dark Lager)
Port Brewing Company — Dawn Patrol Dark (English-Style Brown Ale)
Rip Current Brewing — Black Lagoon Scottish Strong (British-Style Strong Ale)
Rip Current Brewing — Breakline Bock (German-Style Bock)
Saint Archer Brewing Co. — Scottish Ale (Scottish-Style Ale)
San Diego Brewing Company — San Diego IPA (American-Style India Pale Ale)
Societe Brewing Co. — The Coachman (Session Beer)
Toolbox Brewing Company — Bramble On Rose (Belgian-Style Sour Ale)

AleSmith Brewing Co. — Horny Devil (Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale)
AleSmith Brewing Co. — Olde Ale (British-Style Strong Ale)
Amplified Ale Works — Sell Out (American-Style Lager)
Amplified Ale Works — Whammy Bar Wheat (American Wheat Ale)
Bagby Beer Company — Sweet Ride (European Lager)
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits — Piper Down (Irish-Style Red Ale)
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits — Victory at Sea Aged in Single Malt Whiskey Barrels (Wood and Barrel Aged Beer)
Duck Foot Brewing Co. — Cali Honey Ale (Specialty Beer)
Golden Coast Mead — Savage Bois (Spiced and Specialty Mead)
Green Flash Brewing Co. — Sea to Sea (Session Beer)
Intergalactic Brewing Company — Red Planet Rye (Rye Beer)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company — Big Barrel IIPA (Imperial India Pale Ale)
Pizza Port Brewing SC — Dusk til Dawn (Coffee Beer)
Pizza Port Carlsbad — Birddog Barleywine (Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer)
Pizza Port Ocean Beach — Kung Fu Elvis (American-Style Strong Pale Ale)
San Diego Brewing Company — San Diego Gold (Pilsner)
The Lost Abbey — Serpent's Stout (Imperial Stout)

Pizza Port Carlsbad — Today Was A Good Day IPA (American-Style India Pale Ale)
AleSmith Brewing Co. — AleSmith Old Numbskull (Barley Wine)
Benchmark Brewing — Voyager (Belgian-Style Dark Ale)
Societe Brewing Co. — The Thief (Belgian-Style Sour Ale)
San Diego Brewing Company — Pale in Drop D (Bitter)
Barrel Harbor Brewing Company — Barrel Harbor Brown Ale (English-Style Brown Ale)
Port Brewing Company — GlennÕs Payne in the Ass IPA (English-Style Pale Ale)
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits — Grapefruit Sculpin (Fruit Beer)
Green Flash Brewing Co. — Passion Fruit Kicker (Fruit Wheat Beer and Vegetable Beer)
Abnormal Beer Company — Year One IIPA (Imperial India Pale Ale)
Port Brewing Company — Shark Attack (Imperial Red Ale)
Pizza Port Carlsbad — Night Rider (Imperial Stout)
Saint Archer Brewing Co. — Hoppy Pilsner (Pilsner)
Pizza Port Brewing SC — William Wallace Water (Scottish-Style Ale)
Karl Strauss Brewing Company — Mosaic Session IPA (Session Beer)
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits — Ballast Point Red Velvet Cake (Specialty Beer)
Nickel Beer Company — Passion Fruit Nectar IPA Braggot (Spiced and Specialty Mead)
Golden Coast Mead — Orange Blossom (Traditional Mead)
Dos Desperados Brewery — Scotch Bonnet Imperial Stout (Unique Ingredient Beer)

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Humm, how do those points work, again? Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company, 2 golds, 5 silvers, 1 bronze.

I noticed that, but did not specifically look into it for this story. Since Figueroa has 4 active breweries between southern and central California, I would surmise, like Pizza Port and Ballast Point, it had multiple brewing teams/locations receive medals.

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