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San Diego breweries claim several Los Angeles International Beer Competition awards

Posted at 4:18 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 19:36:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego breweries walked into the Los Angeles International Beer Competition, and walked out with a haul of awards and recognition.

Local breweries claimed 71 of 287 awards available through 100 competitions at the international competition held April 13 and 14 in Pomona, Calif. That's just under 25% of the competition's awards.

Leading the charge were two local brewers. San Diego's Deft Brewing took home six awards, including three gold medals for the historical beer, English-style summer ale, and brown porter competitions.

Carlsbad's Papa Marce's Cerveceria also walked away with six, including silver wins in pumpkin spice beer and rye beer.


Papa Merce's joined fellow local breweries Pizza Port and Burning Beard Brewing in a San Diego sweep of the rye beer category as well.

San Diego's three Pizza Port locations combined for 10 medals at the competition, while some of San Diego's heavyweights (Stone, Ballast Point, Karl Strauss) also made appearances in the one to two medal realm.

Out of the 100 categories, San Diego breweries one at least one award in 54 of them.

More than 130 craft breweries call San Diego home, according to the San Diego Brewers Guild. While that's just a fraction of California's total breweries, it's always been clear they know how to make a mark in the competitive arena.

Victorious San Diego breweries included:

  • Deft Brewing: 6 medals
  • Papa Marce's: 6 medals
  • Thorn St. Brewing: 5 medals
  • South Park Brewing: 4 medals
  • Pizza Port Brewing (Ocean Beach): 4 medals
  • Stone Brewing: 4 medals
  • Eppig Brewing: 4 medals
  • Rip Current Brewing: 3 medals
  • Burgeon Beer Company: 3 medals
  • Pizza Port (Bressi Ranch): 3 medals
  • 2Kids Brewing: 3 medals
  • Pizza Port (Carlsbad Village): 3 medals
  • Rouleur Brewing Company: 3 medals
  • Burning Beard Brewing: 3 medals
  • Mike Hess Brewing: 2 medals
  • Karl Strauss Brewing: 2 medals
  • Rock Bottom Brewery: 2 medals
  • AleSmith Brewing Company: 2 medals
  • Smoking Cannon Brewery: 2 medals
  • Belching Beaver Brewery: 1 medal
  • Booze Bros. Brewing Co.: 1 medal
  • 3 Punk Ales: 1 medal
  • Indian Joe Brewing: 1 medal
  • Ballast Point Brewing: 1 medal
  • Green Flash Brewing: 1 medal
  • Chula Vista Brewery: 1 medal

For a list of each brewery's category win, click here.