Press Release: L.A. Brewers Win Big at 2016 World Beer Cup

For Immediate Release


worldbeercuplogoPhiladelphia, PA – Los Angeles County Brewers Guild breweries took home some highly-coveted hardware at the bi-annual World Beer Cup competition which took place in Philadelphia this month as part of the Craft Brewers Conference. L.A. Brewers took home a total of seven medals in addition to one of the biggest awards of the year, Champion Brewery & Brewmaster (Large Brewpub) for Long Beach’s Beachwood BBQ & Brewing.

The Beachwood team has started strong this competition season, having just won 4 medals at the San Diego International Beer Competition a couple weeks prior to the World Beer Cup. Beachwood’s other wins included Gold for Mocha Machine (Coffee Beer), Silver for Kilgore (American-Style Stout), and Bronze for Udder Love (Sweet Stout/Cream Stout).

Two additional Gold medals were awarded to Eagle Rock Brewery and Three Weavers Brewing for Yearling (Belgian-Style Flanders) and Blood Junkie (Imperial Red Ale) respectively. The Eagle Rock win was a significant one for the L.A. brewing veterans who have helped pave the way for craft beer in Los Angeles. Newcomers Three Weavers delivered on high-expectations on their World Beer Cup debut with both Brewmaster Alexandra Nowell and brewer Chis Gonzales coming from their GABF award-winning tenure at Kinetic Brewing back in 2013.

Smog City Brewing took home Silver for their fan-favorite Sabre-Toothed Squirrel in the American-style Amber category, a nod which exemplifies Brewmaster Jonathan Porter’s versatility and diverse portfolio. The Torrance, CA brewery has gained national recognition for a multitude of styles in recent years including their flagship Groundwork Coffee Porter and Kumquat Saison to name a few.

The globally-recognized commercial beer competition is the largest of its kind and drew a record numbers of entries; 6,596 unique beers from 1,907 distinct breweries. With a record-number of entries comes a record number of judges. The judging panel included 253 judges representing 31 countries evaluating beers across 96 distinct beer styles. 75% of these judges were from outside the U.S.

“L.A. Brewers join the ranks of other California powerhouses including neighbors to the south in San Diego and Orange Counties,” remarked L.A. County Brewers Guild President Rob Croxall of El Segundo Brewing. “The combined wins in the region further solidify that southern California remains one of the strongest brewing powerhouses in the country – if not the world – and it is rewarding to see L.A. included in that national recognition.”  

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For more information on the L.A. County Brewers Guild or to connect with an L.A. Brewer, please contact Frances Lopez at frances@labrewersguild.org.

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