The 2020 San Diego International Beer Competition awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 6th and we’re stoked that 12 awesome LA-area breweries are taking home medals this year!
The San Diego International Beer Competition is one of the largest and most competitive brewing contests held in Southern California each year. The event typically coincides with the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in early summer, but due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the event was postponed to a later date.
After the details were worked out with beer entry deliveries by late August and socially distanced judging in mid-September, plans were made for a virtual awards ceremony on October 6th.
While things are never the same as they are in-person, there was a lot to be excited about with this year’s winners. Here’s a list of the LA brewery winners from the 2020 San Diego International Beer Competition:
Herb & Spice Beer: To Live & Thai in LA by Angel City Brewery in DTLA
Brett & Other Sour Beer: Jungalow Juice by Arrow Lodge Brewing in Covina
Wood & Barrel Aged Strong Stout: Bourbon Barrel-Aged The Shroud by Bravery Brewing in Lancaster
Smoked Beer: The Big Meat by Enegren Brewing in Moorpark
Golden or Blonde Beer: LA Blonde by Angel City Brewery in DTLA
Australian/International Style Pale Ale: Day Job by Three Weavers Brewing in Inglewood
American Style Strong Pale Ale: Claremont IPA by Claremont Craft Ales in Claremont
American Style India Black Ale: Hoppa Emeritus by Beachwood Brewing in Huntington Beach
German Style Ale: Seafarer by Three Weavers Brewing in Inglewood
Belgian Style Dark Ale: Quad by Project Barley Brewing
Barley Wine: Big Game by Bravery Brewing in Lancaster
Coffee Porter and Stout: Mocha Machine by Beachwood Brewing in Huntington Beach
Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer: Old Jetty by El Segundo Brewing in El Segundo
Dark Lager: Nighthawk by Enegren Brewing in Moorpark
American Style India Black Ale: Powder Chest by 14 Cannons in Westlake Village
Imperial India Pale Ale: Knotty by Three Weavers in Inglewood
Imperial Red Ale: Happy Days by Claremont Craft Ales in Claremont
American Style Brown Ale: Bronco Brown by Innovation Brew Works in Pomona
Belgian Style Sour Ale: Funk Yeah! by Beachwood Blendery in Long Beach
Fruit Wheat Beer & Vegetable Beer: Q-Cumber Pale Ale by San Fernando Brewing in San Fernando
Specialty Beer: Adam Bier by Angel City in DTLA
Smoked Beer: Blondfire by Enegren Brewing in Moorpark
Dark Lager: K-17 by 14 Cannons in Westlake Village
American Style Juicy or Hazy IPA: Fog Factor by Beachwood Brewing in Huntington Beach
Imperial Stout: The Shroud by Bravery Brewing in Lancaster
Congratulations to ALL the winners and participating breweries. While winning a medal is a great accomplishment, it is by no means a prerequisite for brewing great beer. It just goes to show how robust the Southern California craft brewing community is now, and how far Los Angeles has come as a compelling craft beer destination.
So while you’re out there drinking some of these 2020 SD International Beer Competition award-winning beers around Los Angeles, you should also be purchasing beers from the dozens of other awesome LA breweries out there as well.