This past weekend at the Great American Beer Fest, the country’s largest craft brewery competition held every year in Denver, there was no shortage of L.A. breweries vying for medals in a variety of categories, from “best barrel-aged beer” to “best session beer.”
Unsurprisingly, California didn’t disappoint with a lion’s share of 90+ gold medals going to Golden State breweries. The biggest winner locally, though, was Long Beach’s Beachwood Brewing which won “large brewpub of the year” as well as a gold medal in the “coffee beers” category for Mocha Machine (made with beans from Costa Mesa’s Portola Coffee Lab) and a silver medal in “French- and Belgian-style saison” for Un Atout. Beachwood brewmasters Julian Shrago and Ian McCall were also named Champion Brewers at the event.
Other winners included Bootleggers Brewery in Fullerton, which took home two bronze medals for Rocco Red Ale and Galaxian barley wine, Anaheim’s Bottle Logic Brewing which won a gold for its Lagerithm American dark lager, and Santa Barbara’s Telegraph Brewing Company, which won gold for its German-style sour beer. To see all this year’s winners visit the GABF website, or download this pdf.