California Breweries Receive 68 Medals at 2019 Great American Beer Festival, More Than Any Other State

The Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition, took place for the 33rd time last week at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. This year, judges evaluated a record 9,497 entries from 2,295 breweries, handing out 318 medals in 174 beer style categories. Of the 50 states represented in the competition, California took home the most impressive haul with a total of 68 medals awarded.

“This year’s GABF competition was the largest and most competitive to date,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “The beers and talent were as impressive as ever, and we congratulate this year’s winners for their achievements in brewing.”

In addition to California’s 68 medals, Colorado tallied the second highest medal count with 40, followed by Texas with 16, Oregon and Ohio with 15, and Washington with 14.

Of the 68 California medals awarded, Kern River Brewing Co. came out ahead with a total of 4 medals.

You can find the full list of 2019 GABF award winners here.

Congratulations to the 55 California medal winners below!

21st Amendment
Aftershock Brewing Co.
AleSmith Brewing Co.
Almanac Beer Co.
Alvarado Street Brewery
Ambitious Ales
Arrow Lodge Brewing
Barebottle Brewing Co.
Bartlett Hall
Beachwood Brewing & BBQ
Big Sexy Brewing Co.
Bluebird Brasserie
Bravus Brewing Co.
Breakwater Brewing Co.
Chula Vista Brewery
Claremont Craft Ales
Coronado Brewing Co.
East Brother Beer Co.
Eel River Brewing Co.
Feather Falls Brewing Co.
FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker – The Propagator
GameCraft Brewing
Green Cheek Beer Co.
Highland Park Brewery
Kern River Brewing Co. – The Backyard
Kilowatt Brewing
Kings Brewing Co.
Lucky Luke Brewing Co.
MadeWest Brewing Co.
Moonraker Brewing Co.
Morgan Territory Brewing
Ogopogo Brewing
Phantom Ales
Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch
Pizza Port – Solana Beach
Pond Farm Brewing Co.
Resident Brewing Co.
Rip Current Brewing
Santa Clara Valley Brewing
Second Chance Beer Co.
SouthNorte Beer Co.
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Sudwerk Brewing Co.
TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room
Temblor Brewing Co.
The Dudes’ Brewing Co.
The Lost Abbey
Third Street AleWorks
Thunderhawk Alements
Tustin Brewing Co.
Two Roots Brewing Co.
Yeast of Eden