2018 San Diego International Beer Competition results

West Coaster
May 1, 2018

Today, the winners of the professional brewing competition held as part of the San Diego International Beer Festival were announced. San Diego County breweries brought home 18 gold, 22 silver and 21 bronze medals. The most prolific winners were Belching Beaver Brewery, which won four total medals, three of which were gold, and Pizza Port, which also collected four medals, one of which was gold. Three of each company’s respective brewing locations combined for those wins while Council Brewing (which will soon have multiple facilities when it opens its Santee brewery and tasting room later this year) picked up the most medals of any single-location operation with three, two of which were gold.

Other breweries to earn three medals from one spot were The Lost AbbeyRip Current Brewing (which took gold and silver in the German-style bock category) and Home Brewing. Nine breweries won two medals. That group was highlighted by gold medalists Bagby Beer Co.Duck Foot BrewingGroundswell Brewing and Resident Brewing.

Particularly impressive was the fact San Diego brewing companies swept three of the 57 total style categories:  Brett & Other Sour Beer (gold—Council Brewing, silver—Toolbox Brewing, bronze—The Lost Abbey), Australian/International-style Pale Ale (gold—Ballast  Point Brewing, silver—Barrel Harbor Brewing, bronze—Home Brewing) and Bold Stout (gold and silver—Pizza Port, bronze—Culver Beer Co.). Additionally, local mead producers earned two gold, two silver and one bronze (with ironically-named Miralani Makers District newcomer Lost Cause Meadery claiming one each and Oceanside’s Golden Coast Mead nabbing the other two). Ramona’s Turquoise Barn Cider led the cidery pack with a gold and silver in its respective categories.

San Diego County’s medal count was down by seven, going from 68 in 2017 to 61 this year. It’s still a strong showing, but to put things in perspective, San Diego breweries swept a whopping eight style categories last year. And this year’s San Diego International Beer Festival champion brewery isn’t a local operation. Long Beach-based Beachwood BBQ & Brewing earned that distinction with a rather astounding four golds, three silvers and one bronze.

The San Diego International Beer Festival will take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds as part of the San Diego County Fair from June 15 to 17. The total list of local winners is as follows…


  • Chocolate & Chili Beer: Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter StoutBelching Beaver BreweryOceanside
  • Specialty Beer: III Anniversary Bier de MielCouncil BrewingKearny Mesa
  • Session Beer: Industrial GrisResident BrewingDowntown
  • Rye Beer: Rye You Trippin?Thr3e Punk Ales BrewingChula Vista
  • Brett & Other Sour Beer: Staircase of Everlasting PeachesCouncil BrewingKearny Mesa
  • Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer: RedrumDuck Foot BrewingMiramar
  • Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Stout: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Serpent’s StoutThe Lost AbbeySan Marcos
  • European Lager: Sweet RideBagby Beer Co.Oceanside
  • German-style Bock: Delaminator DopplebockRip Current BrewingSan Marcos
  • English-style Pale Ale: Bugger Off!South Park BrewingSouth Park
  • Australian/International-style Pale Ale: Aloha SculpinBallast Point BrewingLittle Italy
  • Scottish-style Ale: Clan Ross Scotch AleLegacy BrewingOceanside
  • Irish-style Red Ale: Mulligan Irish-style RedSecond Chance Beer Co.Carmel Mountain Ranch
  • American-style Brown Ale: Piloncillo BrownGroundswell BrewingSantee
  • German-style Ale: Kolner KrusherBelching Beaver Brewery Tavern & GrillVista
  • Belgian-style Sour Ale: Batch 2Belching Beaver BreweryVista
  • Bold Stout: Athena’s American StoutPizza PortOcean Beach
  • British-style Strong Ale: Ruby RedProhibition BrewingVista
  • Traditional Mead: Buck It AllLost Cause MeaderyMiramar
  • Spiced & Specialty Mead: Spiced SourGolden Coast MeadOceanside
  • New England & Fruit Cider: Apple Maple Hard CiderTurquoise Barn CiderRamona


  • American Wheat Ale: KottbusserEppig BrewingNorth Park
  • Fruit Beer: Funky BussBarrel Harbor BrewingVista
  • Fruit Wheat Beer & Vegetable Beer: Coconut Contender IPADuck Foot BrewingMiramar
  • Herb & Spice Beer: Kali KushBreakwater BrewingOceanside
  • Specialty Beer: Falling RockThe Lost AbbeySan Marcos
  • Hybrid Belgian-style Ale: Monk’s LunchHome BrewingNorth Park
  • Brett & Other Sour Beer: Rustique d’AbricotToolbox BrewingVista
  • Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer: Table Beer On OakBenchmark BrewingGrantville
  • Pilsener: Choppy Surf Czech PilsnerRip Current BrewingSan Marcos
  • German-style Bock: Breakline BockRip Current BrewingSan Marcos
  • Golden or Blonde Beer: Your Favorite BeerHome BrewingNorth Park
  • Australian/International-style Pale Ale: San DingoBarrel Harbor BrewingVista
  • American-style Pale Ale: RioNovo Brazil BrewingChula Vista
  • Bitter: Super FreshKnotty BrewingEast Village
  • American-style Brown Ale: Liz’s Brown AleCouncil BrewingKearny Mesa
  • French & Belgian-style Ale: Golden KissResident BrewingDowntown
  • Belgian-style Pale Ale: The DamselSociete BrewingKearny Mesa
  • Belgian-style Dark Ale: QuadruppelNovo Brazil BrewingChula Vista
  • Porter: Dawn of the Deft PorterDeft BrewingBay Park
  • Bold Stout: ZmanPizza PortCarlsbad
  • British-style Strong Ale: Private Stock AleAleSmith BrewingMIramar
  • Barley Wine: Old NumbskullAleSmith BrewingMiramar
  • Traditional Mead: Mirth: Orange BlossomGold Coast MeadOceanside
  • Spiced & Specialty Mead: Zydeco BuzzLost Cause MeaderyMiramar
  • New England & Fruit Cider: Apple Pomegranate Hard CiderTurquoise Barn CiderRamona


  • American Wheat Ale: Follow Us on TwheaterBagby Beer Co.Oceanside
  • Fruit Beer: Grapefruit SolisMike Hess BrewingNorth Park
  • Herb & Spice Beer: Cerveza PostreRock Bottom BreweryLa Jolla
  • Hybrid Belgian-style Ale: Puncheur Pale Ale, Rouleur Brewing, Carlsbad
  • Brett & Other Sour Beer: 24 StepsThe Lost AbbeySan Marcos
  • Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Stout: EquilibriumToolbox BrewingVista
  • European Lager: ExportAbnormal Beer Co.Rancho Bernardo
  • American-style Lager: Pilsner the Conqueror32 North BrewingMiramar
  • Australian/International-style Pale Ale: Sharks with LasersHome BrewingNorth Park
  • American-style Strong Pale Ale: Your Mama’s BoyGroundswell BrewingSantee
  • Imperial India Pale Ale: Bruce Banner GradeNickel Beer Co.Julian
  • American-style Amber/Red Ale: Luiseno Red AleIndian Joe BrewingVista
  • Imperial Red Ale: Elevator RedOB BreweryOcean Beach
  • Bitter: Banksy ESBBurning Beard BrewingEl Cajon
  • English-style Brown Ale: Hancock St. BrownBay City BrewingPoint Loma
  • German-style Weiss: Junk In Da Trunkel DunkelPizza PortOcean Beach
  • Belgian-style Wit or White Ale: Fanny Pack WitPizza PortBressi Ranch
  • French & Belgian-style Ale: Rooftop SaisonOB BreweryOcean Beach
  • Belgian-style Dark Ale: Dubbel DragonBelching Beaver Brewery Tavern & GrillVista
  • Bold Stout: Daily RoutineCulver Beer Co.Carlsbad
  • Imperial Stout: Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian StoutStone BrewingEscondido
  • Spiced & Specialty Mead: Devilish GrinLost Cause MeaderyMiramar
  • Specialty Cider & Perry: Blue DreamNewtopia CyderScripps Ranch

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