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The LA, OC & Ventura Brewery Medal Winners from GABF 2022

The winners of the 2022 Great American Beer Festival‘s annual beer competition were announced last week and we’re stoked that twenty awesome Southern California breweries are taking home medals this year!

The GABF competition is put on by the Brewer’s Association and is one of the most competitive and highly acclaimed of all the beer competitions in the United States. As a brewery, being recognized for your beer at this level is a great honor and is no easy feat. This year saw 9,904 different beers brewed by 2,154 different breweries being judged across 177 different categories. No walk in the park! Here’s the list of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange County brewery winners:

Gold

Scotch Ale: Full Malted Jacket by Beachwood Brewing in Huntington Beach

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer: Flesh to Stone by Bottle Logic Brewery in Anaheim

Coffee Stout or Porter: Super Tonic by Docent Brewing in San Juan Capistrano

American Black Ale: Hooked On Onyx by Ten Mile Brewing Co in Signal Hill

English Ale: Level Line by Topa Topa Brewing Co in Ventura

Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale: DDH Pillow by Highland Park Brewery in Los Angeles

Kellerbier or Zwickelbier: Waxing and Waning by MadeWest Brewing Co in Ventura

International-Style Pale Ale: Nix by Ogopogo Brewing in San Gabriel

Silver

American Cream Ale: Carlos Danger by Bearded Tang Brewing in Stanton

German Wheat Ale: Kristal Weizen by Bearded Tang Brewing in Stanton

Imperial Stout: Methuselah by Eureka Brewing Co. in Gardena

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer: Ivoire by The Bruery in Placentia

American Amber/Red Ale: Railsplitter by Lincoln Beer Co in Burbank

Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale: So Into You by Radiant Beer Co in Anaheim

American-Style India Pale Ale: Dankster Squad by Riip Beer Co in Huntington Beach

International-Style Pilsener: Dos Topas by Topa Topa Brewing Co in Ventura

Bronze

American Cream Ale: Chanclaso by Arrow Lodge Brewing in Covina

Bohemian-Style Pilsener: Battlesnakes by Brewery X in Anaheim

American-Style Strong Pale Ale: Eyes Are Mosaic by Casa Agria in Oxnard

Smoke Beer: Dreaming of Bamberg by Figueroa Mountain in Westlake Village

English India Pale Ale: Hoppy Poppy by Figueroa Mountain in Buellton

Historical Beer: Churchill Browns by Flashpoint Brewing in Huntington Beach

Honey Beer: Happy Days by Malibu Brewing Co in Malibu

India Pale Lager: DDH Timbo by Highland Park Brewery in Los Angeles

American Black Ale: Black The Riipper by Riip Beer Co in Huntington Beach

Congratulations to ALL the winners and participating breweries. While winning a medal at GABF 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 the region has come as a compelling craft beer destination.

So while you’re out there drinking some of these 2022 Great American Beer Festival Competition award-winning beers around Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange County, you should also be purchasing beers from the dozens of other awesome local breweries out there as well.

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