Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos beer makers earn Brewers Cup medals


Breweries from Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos had a strong showing at the 2023 Brewers Cup of California held in March. (Courtesy photo)

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Breweries from Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista and San Marcos had a strong showing at the 2023 Brewers Cup of California held in March.

Gold and silver medals went to Black Plague Brewing of Oceanside for its Medusa under the Specialty Stout category (gold) and Supernatural in the Experimental IPA category (silver).

Carlsbad’s Burgeon Beer Co., Pizza Port, Rouleur Brewing Co. and Arcana Brewing also won medals in the competition, which has been presented bi-yearly since 2019 by The Sacramento Area Brewers Guild in partnership with brewers guilds across the state.

Gold medals went to Burgeon for its Clever Kiwi in the Session Beer category, Pizza Port for its Le Village under Belgian Strong Pales and Rouleur for its Domestique Blonde Ale under Belgian Low Gravity Ales. Rouleur also received bronze for its Puckeur Factor in Experimental/Specialty Beers. Arcana Brewing earned a bronze medal for its Benevolent Dictator under American Imperial Porters and Stouts.

Vista’s Eppig Brewing received three medals — gold for its Sinister Path under Irish Stouts, silver for its 6th Anniversary Imperial Schwarzbier under Other Strong Ale or Lager, and bronze for its Natural Bridge: Vienna Lager for Session Beer. Pure Project Brewing in Vista won bronze for its Esoteric Knowledge in the Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double IPA category.

Double Peak Brewing Co. in San Marcos won a gold medal for its Creekside Pale Ale in the American-Style Pale Ale category.

The San Diego region had 11 breweries in this year’s Brewers Cup of California earning a total 13 gold medals, according to a news release from the San Diego Brewers Guild. Statewide, 191 breweries participated, and there were 83 categories.

San Diego County breweries brought home 37 medals, including eight silver and 16 bronze in addition to the 13 golds.

“The overall total is nearly double the 19 medals collected by local breweries at the 2021 competition,” the San Diego Brewers Guild noted in its news release.

San Diego’s gold medal beers:

Alesmith Brewing Co.: Nut Brown for English-Style Brown Ale
Black Plague Brewing: Medusa for Specialty Stout
Burgeon Beer Company: Clever Kiwi for Session Beer
Double Peak Brewing Co.: Creekside Pale Ale for American-Style Pale Ale
Eppig Brewing: Sinister Path for Irish Stouts
Gravity Heights: Brewers’ Best for English Ales and Take Two Pils for German-Style Pilsner
Kilowatt Brewing: OB Bubble Dubbel for Belgian Strong Darks and S3-2x Peach Cobbler for Experimental/Specialty Beers
Mike Hess Brewing: Ez Drankin’ for Specialty Honey Lager or Ale
Pizza Port (Carlsbad): Le Village for Belgian Strong Pales
Rouleur Brewing Company: Domestique Blonde Ale for Belgian Low Gravity Ales
TapRoom Beer Company: PB Haze for Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale

San Diego’s silver medal beers:

Black Plague Brewing: Supernatural for Experimental IPA
Burning Beard Brewing: In Praise of Bacchus for Belgian Sours
Eppig Brewing: 6th Anniversary Imperial Schwarzbier for Other Strong Ale or Lager
Hodad’s Brewing: Surf Punk for American-style Cream Ale or Lager
Julian Beer Co.: Elevation 5353 for American-style India Pale Lager
Smoking Cannon Brewery: Juniper Flats for American Historic/Indigenous Beers
Societe Brewing: The Harlot for Belgian Low Gravity Ales
Societe Brewing: The Roustabout for Imperial or Double India Pale Ale

San Diego’s bronze medal beers:

AleSmith Brewing: Non-Alcoholic IPA for Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage
AleSmith Brewing: Wee Heavy for Scottish Ales
Arcana Brewing: Benevolent Dictator for American Imperial Porters & Stouts
Burning Beard Brewing: In Praise of Plum for Belgian-style Fruit Beer
Eppig Brewing: Natural Bridge: Vienna Lager for Session Beer
Kilowatt Brewing: Double Chocolate Macadamia Stout for Chocolate/Cocoa-flavored Beer
Kilowatt Brewing: Wee Heavy for UK Strong Ales
Pizza Port Brewing (Ocean Beach): Junk In Da Trunkel Dunkel for German Weissbiers
Pizza Port Brewing (Ocean Beach): Paloma Sour for Fruit Beer
Pure Project Brewing: Esoteric Knowledge for Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double IPA
Rouleur Brewing – Puckeur Factor for Experimental/Specialty Beers
Smoking Cannon Brewery: Hall for Herb & Spice Beer
Societe Brewing: Light Beer for American Light Lagers
Societe Brewing: The Coachman for Session India Pale Ale
TapRoom Beer Co.: Tomorrowland for Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale
Thr3e Punk Ales Brewing: Barley Legal for American-style Barley Wine Ale

A list of statewide winners can be found at brewerscupofca.com/2023-winners/.