San Diego brewers fare well, awards-wise

QUAFF wins again, while state fair more than fair to locals

San Diego's Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF) wins its second straight national hombrew club award.
  • San Diego's Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF) wins its second straight national hombrew club award.
  • photo from QUAFF Facebook page

Several San Diego breweries added to their awards caches at the state fair over the weekend. Local homebrewers also made their prowess known, both on state and national levels.

San Diego beer companies claimed 25 medals in 42 categories of beer at the annual California State Fair commercial beer competition, including 11 gold medals and 6 silver.

The biggest winners included Coronado Brewing and South Park Brewing, each claiming two golds and a silver. Rip Current Brewing added two golds of its own.

One of the gold medals South Park received was in a new style category — New England IPA/Vermont IPA — representing the hazy IPA trend that has surged in popularity over the past year. South Park's second gold is shared with its sister brewery Monkey Paw, with an herb-and-honey beer made in collaboration with women-in-brewing club Pink Boots Society. Monkey Paw also claimed a gold of its own in the "alternative fermentables" category.

Ballast Point took home one medal in each color, while Pizza Port's Ocean Beach brewpub claimed gold and bronze. Karl Strauss earned a gold for Imperial IPA category, while Carlsbad newcomer Burgeon Beer nabbed gold as part of a San Diego sweep of the under-5-percent, session beer category. Other multiple medal winners include Intergalactic, Eppig Brewing, and North Park Beer Co.

Local homebrewers also had a good showing. 2016 national homebrewer of the year Nick Corona earned four gold medals and six overall to share Heavy Medal Brewer honors. Meanwhile QUAFF, the homebrewing club he represents, earned second place as Heavy Medal Club.

However, in National Homebrew Competition results also announced this weekend, QUAFF won the homebrew club award for the second straight year, its seventh in 20 years competing.

The list of San Diego winners at California State Fair commercial beer competition is below. Full results may be found here.

See full results for California State Fair homebrewer competition here.

See full results of National Homebrewers competition here.

Acoustic Ales Bronze, Fruit Beer — Strawberry Blondie

Ballast Point Brewing Company Gold, Dark British Beer — Ballast Point Russian Imperial Stout; Silver, Belgian Ale — Wahoo; Bronze, Historical Beer — Ballast Point Gose

Burgeon Beer Company Gold, Session Beer <5% A.B.V. — Noble Miner

Coronado Brewing Company Gold, Standard American Beer — Seacoast Pilsner; Gold, Specialty IPA — Waylaid White IPA; Silver, Alternative Fermentables Beer — Orange Ave Wit

Duck Foot Brewing Co Bronze, Strong European Beer — London Calling

Eppig Brewing Silver, Session Beer <5% A.B.V. — Natural Bridge: Zwickelbier; Bronze, Dark European Lager — Natural Bridge: Schwarzbier

Intergalactic Brewing Company Silver, Amber Malty European Lager — GalactoberFest; Silver, British Bitter — Red Shirt #30

Karl Strauss Brewing Company Gold, Imperial IPA — Big Barrel IIPA

Monkey Paw Brewing Company/CoBrewer: Social Kitchen Gold, Alternative Fermentables Beer — Wheat Is Murder; Gold, Specialty Beer — Herb and Honey (w/South Park Beer Co. and Pink Boot Society)

North Park Beer Co. Bronze, Standard American Beer — Covington Cream Ale; Bronze, Czech Lager — Bird Park

Pizza Port Brewing Co. — Ocean Beach Gold, American Porter and Stout — A.B.L.E.; Bronze, Session Beer <5% A.B.V. — Guillaume

Pure Project Bronze, European Sour Ale — Roes Red

Rip Current Brewing Company Gold, Amber Malty European Lager — Breakline Bock; Gold, Spiced Beer — Java Storm

South Park Brewing Company Gold, New England IPA/Vermont IPA — Yacht Rock; Gold, Specialty Beer — Herb and Honey (w/Monkey Paw and Pink Boot Society); Silver, Pale Bitter European Beer — Here N Gone

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