CA Beers take 56 Awards at World Beer Cup 2012

The World Beer Cup 2012 awards were announced last night at the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference.

California beers walked away with 55 awards (19% of the winners from around the world!). Firestone Walker in Paso Robles also walked away with the award for Mid-Size Champion Brewery and Brewer (Matthew Brynildson). Of the 55 awards, 20 were Gold, 13 were Silver and 22 were Bronze.

California Beer Region award count:

  • San Diego: 5 Gold | 3 Silver | 8 Bronze
  • Orange: 3 Gold | 3 Silver | 5 Bronze
  • North Coast: 4 Gold | 1 Silver | 3 Bronze
  • Central Coast: 4 Gold | 1 Silver | 1 Bronze
  • Gold Country: 1 Gold | 2 Silver | 3 Bronze
  • SoCal: 2 Gold | 1 Silver | 1 Bronze
  • Los Angeles: 1 Gold | 1 Silver
  • Bay Area: 0 Gold |1 Silver | 1 Bronze

Brewers from around the world received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup. The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. A 17.7 percent increase over 2010, the entries were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards in their respective categories. Judges presented a total of 284 awards.

“It’s called ‘The Olympics of Beer Competition’ for good reason,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. “The event brings together great brewers from all corners of the globe. Plus, the awards are highly regarded. A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association and the proud sponsors of our event thank all participating brewers for their involvement.”

Here are the California winners by region:

BAY AREA

  • SILVER Indigenous Beer: Hqt, 21st-Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA
  • BRONZE American-Style Amber/Red Ale: Mavericks Amber Ale, Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., Princeton-by-the-Sea, CA

CENTRAL COAST

  • GOLD Experimental Beer: Petit Obscura, Telegraph Brewing Co., Santa Barbara, CA
  • GOLD Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale: 805 IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
  • GOLD Foreign-Style Stout: Starry Night Stout, Island Brewing Co., Carpinteria, CA
  • GOLD American-Style Pale Ale: Pale 31, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
  • SILVER American-Style Pale Ale: Mission Street Pale, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
  • BRONZE Other Belgian-Style Ale: Rhinoceros, Telegraph Brewing Co., Santa Barbara, CA

GOLD COUNTRY

  • GOLD Rye Beer: Ruthless Rye IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
  • SILVER Session Beer: Kellerweis, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
  • SILVER Imperial Red Ale: Bigfoot, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
  • BRONZE Specialty Beer: Bronze: Donner Party Porter, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Truckee, CA
  • BRONZE Belgian-Style Dubbel: Ovila Dubbel, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
  • BRONZE Sweet Stout: Blackjack Stout, Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., Oroville, CA

LOS ANGELES

  • GOLD Golden or Blonde Ale: Foam Top, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
  • SILVER German-Style Märzen: Rocktoberfest, Rock Bottom Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

NORTH COAST

  • GOLD Other Strong Beer: Star Brew, Marin Brewing Co., Larkspur, CA
  • GOLD Classic English-Style Pale Ale: Annadel Pale Ale, Third Street Aleworks, Santa Rosa, CA
  • GOLD Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout: Blarney Sisters Dry Irish Stout, Third Street Aleworks, Santa Rosa, CA
  • GOLD American-Style Black Ale: Black Racer, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Cloverdale, CA
  • SILVER Rye Beer: 3 Flowers IPA, Marin Brewing Co., Larkspur, CA
  • BRONZE American-Style Sour Ale: Supplication, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA
  • BRONZE Golden or Blonde Ale: Steelhead Extra Pale, Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake, CA
  • BRONZE American-Style Amber Lager: Cali Common, Lucky Hand Beer, Novato, CA

ORANGE

  • GOLD Indigenous Beer: Got Beer, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Tacoma, Huntington Beach, CA
  • GOLD Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale: Oude Tart, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
  • GOLD Robust Porter: Pier Rat Porter, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
  • SILVER English-Style Mild Ale: Alyssa’s Attitude, Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co., San Clemente, CA Bronze: Nerf Herder, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
  • SILVER German-Style Sour Ale: Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
  • SILVER Scotch Ale: Way Heavy, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
  • BRONZE Foreign-Style Stout: Voo Doo, Left Coast Brewing Co., San Clemente, CA
  • BRONZE Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer: Melange #1, The Bruery, Anaheim, CA
  • BRONZE Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale: Oud Jeremiah, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Brea, Huntington Beach, CA
  • BRONZE English-Style Mild Ale: Nerf Herder, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, CA
  • BRONZE Brown Porter: Chocolate Porter, Bayhawk Ales, Irvine, CA

SAN DIEGO

  • GOLD Coffee Beer: Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Coffee Imperial Porter, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA
  • GOLD French- & Belgian-Style Saison: Carnevale, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
  • GOLD Irish-Style Red Ale: Red Trolley Ale, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
  • GOLD Imperial India Pale Ale: Poor Man’s IPA, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA
  • GOLD English-Style Brown Ale: Longboard Brown Ale, Rock Bottom La Jolla, La Jolla, CA
  • SILVER Old Ale or Strong Ale: AleSmith Decadence 2010 Old Ale, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
  • SILVER American-Style Black Ale: Tarantulas 2.0, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA
  • SILVER Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale: Two Tortugas Belgian Quad, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
  • BRONZE Chocolate Beer: Odin’s Raven, Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, CA
  • BRONZE Experimental Beer: Where There’s Smoke…, Manzanita Brewing Co., Santee, CA
  • BRONZE American-Belgo-Style Ale: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
  • BRONZE Belgian- and French-Style Ale: Gift of the Magi, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
  • BRONZE Barley Wine-Style Ale: AleSmith Old Numbskull, AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
  • BRONZE Imperial India Pale Ale: Palate Wrecker, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
  • BRONZE American-Style Brown Ale: Great American Brown, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA
  • BRONZE American-Style Stout: Achievement Beyond Life’s Experiences American Stout Brit Antrim Benefit Beer, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

SOCAL

  • GOLD Specialty Beer: Hangar 24 Winter Warmer, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Redlands, CA
  • GOLD Brown Porter: Double Nut Brown, Mammoth Brewing Co., Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • SILVER American-Style Premium Lager or Specialty Lager: Evans Original, Cervecería Mexicana, Corona, CA
  • BRONZE German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf-Style Altbier: Real McCoy Amber, Mammoth Brewing Co., Mammoth Lakes, CA


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One thought on “CA Beers take 56 Awards at World Beer Cup 2012

  1. Interesting results its def surprising what wins gold for judges that we consider average beers but none theless cool for the breweries special releases or seasonals.

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