GABF 2015- CA Takes Home the Most Medals (Again)

The Great American Beer Festival presented by the Brewers Association is the largest commercial beer competition in the world.

A record 6,738 beers were judged in 92 categories by 242 judges.

California was the top medal winner with 65 medals by craft brewers out of 275 medals awarded,  followed by Colorado with 36. California craft brewers won 21 gold medals, almost a quarter of all gold medals awarded!

CONGRATULATIONS to our CCBA Members who received 2015 GABF medals!

2015 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards

Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Rip Current Brewery, San Marcos, CA Paul Sangster & Guy Shobe

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Team

Category: 5 Belgian-Style Fruit Beer – 63 Entries
Silver: Kumquat Saison, Smog City Brewing, Torrance, CA

Category: 8 Chili Beer – 79 Entries
Bronze: Ballast Point Pale Ale with Serrano, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA

Category: 10 Chocolate Beer – 65 Entries
Silver: El Toro Coco Chocolate Stout, El Toro Brewing Co., Morgan Hill, CA

Category: 11 Coffee Beer – 149 Entries
Silver: Mocha Machine, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA
Bronze: Bacon and Eggs, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Category: 13 Rye Beer – 84 Entries
Bronze: Pt. Bonita Rustic Lager, Headlands Brewing Co., Mill Valley, CA

Category: 14 Honey Beer – 52 Entries
Bronze: Spring Fever, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Truckee, CA

Category: 15 Session Beer – 44 Entries
Silver: MCA, 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe, San Francisco, CA
Bronze: Guillaume, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

Category: 16 Session India Pale Ale – 161 Entries
Gold: The Coachman, Societe Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Bronze: Nose Candy, Noble Ale Works, Anaheim, CA

Category: 17 Other Strong Beer – 43 Entries
Silver: Humboldt Brownie, Mad River Brewing Co., Blue Lake, CA

Category: 18 Experimental Beer – 85 Entries
Gold: Mystery Airship Imperial Chocolate Porter, New Helvetia Brewing Co., Sacramento, CA

Category: 22 American-Belgo-Style Ale – 71 Entries
Gold: Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category: 23 American-Style Sour Ale – 86 Entries
Silver: Ensorcelled, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA
Bronze: Apropos of Nothing, The Rare Barrel, Berkeley, CA

Category: 28 Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer – 137 Entries
Gold: Veritas 015, The Lost Abbey, San Marcos, CA
Bronze: Sour Opal, Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA

Category: 29 Aged Beer – 38 Entries
Gold: Big Deluxe, Ritual Brewing Co., Redlands, CA

Category: 30 Kellerbier or Zwickelbier – 45 Entries
Gold: STS Pils, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA

Category: 33 German-Style Pilsener – 100 Entries
Gold: Pivo, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Category: 35 Munich-Style Helles – 55 Entries
Gold: Bucket Seat Blonde, Garage Brewing Co. & Pizzeria, Temecula, CA

Category: 38 American-Style Cream Ale – 56 Entries
Bronze: Nuff, Dale Bros Brewery, Upland, CA

Category: 41 American-Style Amber Lager – 48 Entries
Bronze: St. Florian’s Brewery California Common, St. Florian’s Brewery, Windsor, CA

Category: 43 American-Style Dark Lager – 21 Entries
Gold: Lagerithm, Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA
Silver: Lighter Than I Look, Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Grande, CA

Category: 45 Bock – 38 Entries
Gold: Break Line Bock, Rip Current Brewery, San Marcos, CA

Category: 47 Baltic-Style Porter – 35 Entries
Gold: Cobaltic Porter, Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim, CA

Category: 48 Golden or Blonde Ale – 107 Entries
Silver: Boxcar Blonde Ale, Heroes Restaurant and Brewery, Riverside, CA
Bronze: Alpine Gold, Tied House Cafe & Brewery -Mountain View, CA

Category: 51 Classic English-Style Pale Ale – 46 Entries
Gold: Mr. Kite’s Pale Ale, Social Kitchen & Brewery, San Francisco, CA

Category: 52 English-Style India Pale Ale – 42 Entries
Bronze: Hammersmith IPA, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Category: 53 International-Style Pale Ale – 75 Entries
Bronze: San Diego-Style IPA, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – La Jolla, CA

Category: 54 American-Style Pale Ale – 160 Entries
Silver: Hoppy Palm, Track 7 Brewing Co. – Natomas, Sacramento, CA

Category: 57 Imperial India Pale Ale – 208 Entries
Bronze: Teahupo’o, Breakwater Brewing Co., Oceanside, CA

Category: 58 American-Style Amber/Red Ale – 94 Entries
Bronze: Sharkbite Red, Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad, CA

Category: 59 Double Red Ale – 71 Entries
Silver: Toaster Pastry, 21st Amendment Brewery, San Leandro, CA
Bronze: GRAMBO, Pizza Port Solana Beach, Solana Beach, CA

Category: 61 English-Style Mild Ale – 40 Entries
Silver: Summer Porter, Fort Point Beer Co., San Francisco, CA

Category: 62 Ordinary or Special Bitter – 43 Entries
Gold: DBA (Double Barrel Ale), Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

Category: 67 American-Style Brown Ale – 85 Entries
Bronze: Restraint, Institution Ale Co., Camarillo, CA

Category: 68 American-Style Black Ale – 54 Entries
Silver: Singularity, Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – Costa Mesa, CA

Category: 71 South German-Style Hefeweizen – 95 Entries
Bronze: Windansea Wheat, Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego, CA

Category: 72 German-Style Wheat Ale – 38 Entries
Bronze: Monkey Business, New Bohemia Brewing Co., Santa Cruz, CA

Category: 75 French- and Belgian-Style Saison – 132 Entries
Bronze: Saison, URBN St. Brewing Co., El Cajon, CA

Category: 77 Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale – 78 Entries
Silver: Feral One, Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA

Category: 81 Other Belgian-Style Ale – 45 Entries
Bronze: Witty Moron, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, San Diego, CA

Category: 82 Brown Porter – 57 Entries
Silver: Peter Brown Tribute Ale, Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Factory 5, Cloverdale, CA

Category: 84 Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout – 36 Entries
Gold: Stearns Stout, Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Santa Barbara, CA
Silver: Dragoon’s Dry Irish Stout, Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant, Novato, CA

Category: 85 Export Stout – 39 Entries
Bronze: Z-man Stout, Pizza Port Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

Category: 88 Oatmeal Stout – 73 Entries
Silver: Scripps Pier Stout, South Park Brewing – CA, San Diego, CA

Category: 90 Scotch Ale – 55 Entries
Silver: Black Lagoon Scottish Strong, Rip Current Brewery, San Marcos, CA

Category: 92 Barley Wine-Style Ale – 56 Entries
Gold: Fat Hog, Ritual Brewing Co., Redlands, CA

Full List of all GABF 2015 winners here