The results are in for the 2017 San Diego International Beer Competition, and as usual the home team just wanted these medals more. Of 168 medals handed out, 70 of them went to local breweries (and cideries). With 57 style categories in competition, San Diego earned 24 golds and 22 silvers — basically, 42 percent of all the medals stayed here in San Diego, a slight improvement over last year.
For the third year in a row, AleSmith earned the overall Champion Brewery distinction. It did so by claiming two golds and a silver, all in strong beer categories.
Also winning two gold medals this year were Bagby Beer and Duck Foot Brewing.
Rip Current Brewing and new entry Eppig Brewing led the field of multiple-medal winners, winning four apiece, including one each gold and silver.
The Pizza Port brand boasts a hefty haul of its own — its Carlsbad brewpub won gold and two silvers, while its Ocean Beach location earned gold and bronze and Bressi Ranch won a silver. Lost Abbey added three of its own, including two silver. Rounding out the three-medal tier, South Park Brewing claimed three medals, one of them silver.
Double-medal winners include Karl Strauss Brewing and Mason Ale Works, each with gold and silver. Council Brewing's Magic Factory label won gold and bronze medals, as did Mike Hess Brewing. Coronado Brewing won silver and bronze.
Joining Eppig and Mason Ale Works in the long list of new breweries to score accolades in this competition are Burgeon Beer, North Park Beer Co., and Resident Brewing, each with a single gold medal. Burning Beard Brewing claimed silver and bronze in pale-ale categories; while Pure Project and Second Chance Brewing each got silver and Culver Beer, bronze.
Finest Made Ales, the brewery formerly known as Butcher's, scored a gold medal, while the returning Indian Joe Brewing nabbed a bronze.
Meanwhile, San Diego breweries swept eight categories: brett and other sour beers, pilsners, American red ales, bitters, German ales, German weiss beers, bold stouts, and imperial stouts. Additionally, San Diego cideries took all medals in the specialty cider category: newly opened Newtopia Cyder won gold and bronze, while Turquoise Barn Cider took silver.
2kids Brewing Company Silver, Bitter — Incredulous Ordinary Bitter
Abnormal Beer Company Bronze, Chocolate and Chili Beer — Tummy Cuddles
Alesmith Brewing Company Gold, British — Style Strong Ale — Alesmith Private Stock Ale Gold, 051 — Barley Wine — Alesmith Old Numbskull Silver, 050 — British-Style Strong Ale — Alesmith Wee Heavy
Amplified Ale Works Bronze, Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Stout — Barrel Aged Nyctophobia
Bagby Beer Company Gold, English-Style Brown Ale — Three Beagles Brown Gold, Pilsener — Sweet Ride
Ballast Point Brewing Company Bronze, Irish-Style Red Ale — Piper Down
Barrel Harbor Brewing Company Gold, Belgian — Style Dark Ale — Rungnir
Belching Beaver Brewery — Oceanside Gold, Fruit Beer — Here Comes Mango! IPA
Belching Beaver Brewery Tavern & Grill Bronze, Imperial India Pale Ale — Thizz Is What It Is
Breakwater Brewing Silver, Rye Beer — Rye Dawn
Burgeon Beer Company Gold, Bitter — Taking The Biscuit
Burning Beard Brewing Silver, Belgian-Style Pale Ale — Get Thee To A Nunnery Bronze, American-Style Pale Ale — Circle Of Hops
Coronado Brewing Company Silver, Session Beer — Coastwise Bronze, American — Style Lager — Seacoast Pilsner
Council Brewing Magic Factory Gold, Brett and Other Sour Beer — Lickable Staves Bronze, Brett and Other Sour Beer — Broken Wand With Raspberries
Culver Beer Company Bronze, Belgian — Style Pale Ale — Tiger Ride
Dos Desperados Brewery Gold, German — Style Ale — Blonde Kolsch
Duck Foot Brewing Co Gold, Porter — London Calling Gold, Specialty Stout — Black Leprechaun
Fall Brewing Company Bronze, Pilsener — Plenty For All
Finest Made Ales Gold, 032 — Imperial Red Ale — Imperial Red Ale
Indian Joe Brewing Bronze, German-Style Weiss — Pineapple Passionfruit Gose
Intergalactic Brewing Company Silver, American Wheat Ale — Shut Up Wesley Wheat
J & L Eppig Brewing Gold, American Wheat Ale — Iwcbd Kottbusser Silver, Fruit Beer — Glitz And Glam Bronze, Bold Stout — Sinister Path Bronze, Porter — Natural Bridge: Baltic Porter
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Gold, Session Beer — Mosaic Session IPA Silver, German-Style Weiss — Windansea Wheat
Mason Ale Works Gold, American-Style Amber/Red Ale — Charley Hustle Silver, American-Style India Black Ale — Gunnar Noir
Mike Hess Brewing Gold, Imperial Stout — Umbrix Bronze, American-Style India Black Ale — Deceptio
Mikkeller San Diego Silver, Specialty Beer — Første Fødselsdag
Mother Earth Brew Co Gold, American — Style Brown Ale — Renown Brown
New English Brewing Co Bronze, Barley Wine — Barleywine
Newtopia Cyder Gold, Specialty Cider and Perry — Chai Me A River Bronze, Specialty Cider and Perry — Semi-Sweet
North Park Beer Co. Gold, Golden or Blonde Beer — Covington Cream Ale
Novo Brazil Brewing Co. Bronze, American — Style Amber/Red Ale — Mulata
Pizza Port Bressi Ranch Silver, American-Style Amber/Red Ale — Sharkbite Red Ale
Pizza Port Carlsbad Gold, Bold Stout — Z Man Silver, Australian/International-Style Pale Ale — Today Was A Good Day Silver, German-Style Ale — Kickflip Kolsh
Pizza Port Ocean Beach Gold, German-Style Weiss — Junk In Da Trunkel Dunkel Bronze, Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale — Eyelashes
Prohibition Brewing Company Gold, American-Style Strong Pale Ale — Hop Chronicles
Pure Project Silver, 017 — Pilsener — Sensei
Resident Brewing Company Gold, French & Belgian Style Ale — Golden Kiss
Rip Current Brewing Gold, Coffee Porter and Stout — Java Storm Coffee Imperial Stout Silver, German-Style Bock — Breakline Bock Bronze, German-Style Bock — Delaminator Doppelbock Bronze, Imperial Stout — Rescue Buoy Ris
San Diego Brewing Co. Silver, Belgian-Style Wit or White Ale — Welter Wit
Second Chance Beer Company Silver, Irish-Style Red Ale — Mulligan Irish Red
Societe Brewing Company Bronze, Hybird Belgian — Style Ale — The Harlot
South Park Brewing Company Silver, Scottish-Style Ale — Grassmarket Bronze, Bitter — 2 Griffs Bronze, German-Style Ale — Here N Gone
Stone Brewing Bronze, American-Style India Pale Ale — Stone Brewing Delicious IPA
Stone Brewing – Liberty Station Silver, Bold Stout — Cimmerian Portal
The Lost Abbey Silver, Brett and Other Sour Beer — Veritas 018 Silver, Imperial Stout — Serpent's Stout Bronze, French & Belgian Style Ale — Carnevale
Turquoise Barn Cider Silver, Specialty Cider and Perry — Apple Pumpkin Spice