Big yays for San Diego beers

Five dozen medals awarded at Los Angeles International Beer Competition

Hess didn't win anything for their popular kolsch style but they did earn medals of every kind.
  • Hess didn't win anything for their popular kolsch style but they did earn medals of every kind.

San Diego breweries ramped up their domination of the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, picking up 60 of the 258 medals awarded, and a full quarter of the golds handed out — 22, to go with 20 silvers.

Once again, Intergalactic Brewing led the field, following up its ten-medal haul in 2016 with six awards, four of them gold. Likewise, Council Brewing enjoyed another great year, increasing its medal tally from four to five, plus an honorable mention.

Contributing to the overall increase of medals coming home to San Diego was the presence of AleSmith, which tied Intergalactic in leading all breweries with its six medals, three golds.

Belching Beaver picked up four medals, including a gold, and so did Kilowatt Brewing. South Park Brewing also nabbed four medals, plus an honorable mention. Though it didn't claim gold, it claimed a notable moral victory when its Tongues of Angels pale ale edged out AleSmith's popular Tony Gwynn collaboration, .394 Pale Ale, to take silver in that category.

Also contributing to San Diego's big year were three new breweries picking up medals. Eppig Brewing and Resident Brewing each picked up two medals, as did the returning Indian Joe. All three won a gold medal, with Resident's coming in the always competitive American IPA category, with its Urbanite IPA.

Rounding out the big winners were Mike Hess, with one of each medal color, and New English Brewing, winner of two gold medals and an honorable mention.

A full list of winners may be found here. Interesting to note: San Diego's Latitude 33 and 32 North were not among the winners, but a Latitude 42 out of Michigan was, in addition to a 42 North from Upstate New York. Good luck keeping that straight.

All San Diego winners listed below:

2kids Brewing Company

Silver Medal, Double Red Ale — Rattlecan Red

AleSmith Brewing Company

Gold Medal, Extra Special Bitter— AleSmith Anvil ESB

Gold Medal, Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale — AleSmith Horny Devil

Gold Medal, Brown Porter — AleSmith Nut Brown Ale

Silver Medal, Old Ale or Strong Ale— AleSmith Private Stock Ale

Bronze Medal, Australian-Style or International-Style Pale Ale — AleSmith .394 San Diego Pale Ale

Bronze Medal, Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale — AleSmith Lil' Devil

Ballast Point

Gold Medal, Export Stout — Ballast Point Russian Imperial Stout

Belching Beaver Brewery

Gold Medal, Specialty Beer— Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Bronze Medal, Wood-and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer — Batch 2

Bronze Medal, Sweet Stout or Cream Stout — Beavers Milk Stout

Bronze Medal, Imperial India Pale Ale— Dammed IIPA

Bitter Brothers Brewing Co.

Bronze Medal, Field Beer — Aunt Joy

Coronado Brewing Company

Gold Medal, Honey Beer — Orange Ave Wit

Coronado Brewing Company

Silver Medal, American-Belgo-Style Ale — Waylaid

Council Brewing

Gold Medal, Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale — Woofle Dust with Apricots

Silver Medal, Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale — 2nd Anniversary Flanders Style Red Ale

Bronze Medal, Belgian-Style Fruit Beer — Beatitude Cherry

Bronze Medal, Belgian-and French-Style Ale — Liminal Spaces

Honorable Mention, American-Style Sour Ale — Broken Wand

Indian Joe Brewing

Gold Medal, German-Style Sour Ale — IJB Pineapple Passion Fruit Gose

Silver Medal, Historical Beer — IJB Lichtenhainer

Honorable Mention, Wood-and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer — Imperial Red Sour w/ Blackberries & Black Currents

Intergalactic Brewing Company

Gold Medal, Other Belgian-Style Ale — Alpha Mensae

Gold Medal, German-Style Maerzen — GalactoberFest

Gold Medal, English-Style Summer Ale — Gold Leader

Gold Medal, Field Beer — Space Oasis Coconut Porter

Silver Medal, American-Style Black Ale — Dark Sun Imperial Black IPA

Bronze Medal, Brown Porter — Brown Coat Ale

Iron Fist Brewing Company

Silver Medal, Herb & Spice Beer — Ken Schmidt Chocolate Mint Stout

Bronze Medal, Specialty Beer — Aloha Plenty

Honorable Mention, Belgian-and French-Style Ale — Spice of Life

J & L Eppig Brewing

Gold Medal, American-Style Wheat Beer— IWCBD Kottbusser

Silver Medal, German-Style Schwarzbier — Natural Bridge

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Gold Medal, American-Style Black Ale — Singularity Black IPA

Bronze Medal, Session India Pale Ale — Mosaic Session IPA

Kilowatt Brewing

Gold Medal, Historical Beer — Roggenbier

Silver Medal, Export Stout — Grand Entrance

Bronze Medal, Chocolate Beer — Chocolate Macadamia Stout

Bronze Medal, Emperimental Beer — Gin Barrel Aged Rye IPA

Legacy Brewing Company

Gold Medal, American-Style Brown Ale — Founding Fathers Nut Brown Ale

Mike Hess Brewing

Gold Medal, Rye Beer— Habitus

Silver Medal, Chili Beer— Peppa Habitus

Bronze Medal, Coffee Beer — Coffee Umbrix

Mission Brewery

Honorable Mention, Imperial Stout — Dark Seas

Monkey Paw Brewing Company

Silver Medal, German-Style Altbier — Ol' Colo

Mother Earth Brew Co.

Silver Medal, Wood-and Barrel Aged Strong Beer — Mother Earth Four Seasons Winter 2016

Bronze Medal, Specialty Saison — Mother Earth/Bruery Four Seasons Spring 2017

New English Brewing

Gold Medal, English-Style Brown Ale — Brewers Special Brown Ale

Gold Medal, Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout — Pacific Storm Stout

Honorable Mention, American-Style Strong Pale Ale — Pure & Simple IPA

Pizza Port Bressi Ranch Brewing Company

Gold Medal, American-Style Amber/Red Ale — Sharkbite Red Ale

Bronze Medal, American-Style India Pale Ale — Swamis IPA

Pizza Port

Gold Medal, American-Style Stout — A.B.L.E.

Silver Medal, German-Style Wheat Ale — Junk In Da Trunkel Dunkel

Honorable Mention, Imperial Red Ale — Rhino Chaser

Resident Brewing

Gold Medal, American-Style India Pale Ale — Urbanite

Silver Medal, Belgian-and French-Style Ale — Golden Kiss

Rip Current Brewing

Silver Medal, Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale — Bodysurfing Belgian Blonde

Bronze Medal, Imperial Stout — Rescue Buoy RIS

South Park Brewing Company

Silver Medal, Scottish-Style Ale — Grassmarket

Silver Medal, Oatmeal Stout — Scripps Pier

Silver Medal, Australian-Style or International-Style Pale Ale — Tongues of Angels

Bronze Medal, Extra Special Bitter — 2 Griffs

Honorable Mention, Historical Beer — Herb and Honey

Thorn Street Brewery

Silver Medal, Field Beer — Cocomotive Coconut Porter

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