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Award-winning brews: San Diego breweries medal at Great American Beer Festival

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Posted at 1:38 PM, Oct 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 13:15:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The "Capital of Craft" made its name known at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado this weekend.

San Diego breweries took home 17 medals from the massive festival, which features blind-taste testing of nearly 9,500 beers from almost 2,300 breweries. Since the first festival in 1982, San Diego breweries have grabbed 233 medals.

At this year's event, local breweries claimed eight gold, four silver, and five bronze medals at the annual brew competition. Here's where you can try the award-winning ales:


  • AleSmith Brewing Co.: Private Stock Ale (Old Ale or Strong Ale)
  • Breakwater Brewing Co.: Rye Dawn (Rye Beer)
  • Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch: Chronic Amber Ale (Ordinary or Special Bitter)
  • Pizza Port – Solana Beach: SeaSide Stout (Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout)
  • Second Chance Beer Co.: Tabula Rasa (Robust Porter)
  • SouthNorte Beer Co.: Sea Señor! Mex Lager (American-Style Cream Ale)
  • The Lost Abbey: A Creator’s Calling (Aged Beer)
  • Two Roots Brewing Co.: Enough Said N/A (Non-Alcoholic or Alcohol Free Beer)


  • Coronado Brewing Co.: Freebooter Barleywine (Barley Wine-Style Ale)
  • SouthNorte Beer Co.: Agavemente (Specialty Beer)
  • Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station: Stone Liberty Station Cimmerian Portal (American-Style Stout)
  • Thunderhawk Alements: Bowie Knife (American-Style Black Ale)
  • Saint Archer Brewing Company: Citra Pilsner (Contemporary American Style Pilsner)


  • Chula Vista Brewery: Browner Than Ivan (American-Style Brown Ale)
  • Coronado Brewing Co. – Production Facility: Weekend Vibes IPA (American-Style India Pale Ale)
  • Kilowatt Brewing: OB Bubble Dubbel (Belgian-Style Dubbel)
  • Resident Brewing Co.: Industrial Gris (Belgian- and French-Style Ale)
  • Rip Current Brewing: Rescue Buoy Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout)

"The San Diego Brewers Guild is extremely proud of San Diego’s consistently strong showing at GABF," said Kris Anacleto, Vice President of San Diego Brewers Guild. "“It is because of our craft beer community’s pioneering spirit and innovation that San Diego’s craft beer legacy continues to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive national landscape."

The accolades help reaffirm San Diego's reputation for craft beer. In 2018, the local craft beer industry accounted for $1.2 billion in economic impact on the region.

San Diegans will surely have the chance to enjoy some of the award-winning brews and more soon enough during San Diego Beer Week, taking place Nov. 1 - 10.