Number of local craft brewery locations grows to more than 150 in 2022 from 15 in 1997; Limited-edition anniversary pint glasses available at participating breweries
San Diego, CA – San Diego Brewers Guild a non-profit organization promoting local small businesses and
entrepreneurs of craft beer, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the inaugural SD Beer Weekend June 10-12. The number of independent craft brewery locations has grown to more than 150 in 2022 from only 15 in 1997, a tenfold increase.
SD Beer Weekend complements the Guild’s annual San Diego Beer Week, which will take place this year from November 4-13 with its 14th installment. San Diego County, known as The Capital of Craft™, has the most craft brewery locations among all counties in the United States.
“We simply couldn’t wait for Beer Week to celebrate such an important milestone for the Guild, its more than 150 members, and, frankly, all of San Diego,” said Executive Director Paige McWey Acers. “We are named ‘The Capital of Craft™’ for a reason and singling out this commemoration is yet another way to promote so many wonderful breweries and help get beer lovers back through their doors as we re-emerge from the pandemic.”
San Diego, CA – Thirteen San Diego craft breweries won medals at last night’s 2022 World Beer Cup, the largest international commercial beer competition hosted by the Brewers Association. The event took place in
Minneapolis and featured more than 10,000 beers from nearly 2,500 breweries spanning 57 countries.
Pizza Port Brewing Company garnered the most medals overall with five, including two gold. The only other
multiple medal winner was Craft Coast Beer & Tacos with two – both bronze. Four San Diego breweries won gold medals.
The list of all medal winners:
American-style India Pale Ale: Hop-Fu!, North Park Beer Co. (North Park)
American-style Pilsener: Dieguito, Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad)
Coffee Stout or Porter: Dusk til Dawn, Pizza Port Brewing (San Clemente) *
Scotch-style Ale: Wee Heavy, AleSmith Brewing (Miramar)
Smoked Beer: Schlenkerlish, Ballast Point Brewing (Little Italy)
American-style Pale Ale: Cruisin’, Pizza Port – Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad)
Belgian-style Abbey Ale: OB Bubble Dubbel, Kilowatt Brewing (Kearny Mesa)
Hazy or Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale: Houblon Deluxe, Pure Project Brewing (Vista)
International Light Lager: Invita, Burgeon Beer Co. (Carlsbad)
International Pale Ale: Locals Only, Pizza Port Brewing (Carlsbad)
Specialty Beer: Agavamente, SouthNorte Beer Co. (Chula Vista)
American-style India Pale Ale: Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Karl Strauss Brewing (Pacific Beach)
Belgian-style Tablebier or Belgian-style Session Ale: Guillaume, Pizza Port Brewing (Ocean Beach)
International Pilsener or International Lager: Oscura, Craft Coast Beer & Tacos (Oceanside)
Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale: Haze in the Park, Kings & Convicts Brewing (Miramar)
Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale: Shootz Mahalo, Craft Coast Beer & Tacos (Oceanside)
Kellerbier or Zwickelbier: Pils Bitte, Attitude Brewing (Barrio Logan)
Old Ale or Strong Ale: King of Tyre, The Lost Abbey (San Marcos)
* Winning beer was produced at a San Diego-owned brewhouse outside of the county
This was the first World Beer Cup since 2018 due to alternating years and the pandemic. San Diego Breweries won just seven medals that year, thus an increase of 10 medals in 2022.
The World Beer Cup Competition Manager selects judges from a list of internationally recognized brewers,
consultants, industry suppliers and writers. Judging is blind, with no brand knowledge of any kind provided to
judges. Beer entries are judged solely on their merits.
The Brewers Association is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade association. The World Beer Cup was developed by the Brewers Association in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing. It is often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” and the 2023 event will take place in Nashville.
There are more than 150 craft breweries in San Diego County.
The nonprofit organization looks ahead to 2022 initiatives and its 25th Anniversary Celebration
SAN DIEGO, CA (January 21, 2022) - The San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting independently owned craft beer manufacturers in the region, is pleased to announce its new board of directors and president for 2022. As the organization maps out its 2022 programming and events, SDBG will celebrate 25 years of promoting San Diego County’s craft brewing community as the Capital of Craft™.
“The San Diego Brewers Guild is entering its 25th year in operation, and I’m proud to be serving as president of its board of directors,” said Rick Chapman, Owner & Co-Founder of Coronado Brewing Company. “Based on survey results and direct member feedback, there’s a lot of optimism in our local craft brewing community for the future. San Diego Brewers Guild will continue to push forward marketing campaigns, educational programs, and special events that further showcase our region’s brewing innovation and talent.”
The fifth annual specialty IPA honors San Diego’s world-renowned craft beer community
SAN DIEGO, CA (October 28, 2021) - Back just in time for San Diego Beer Week, 2021 Capital of Craft IPA is a collaboration beer brewed by eight brewery members and in support of the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG). Starting Friday, November 5, the special IPA will be available on tap and in 16-ounce four-packs throughout San Diego County for a limited time.
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 21, 2021) - For its 12th year, San Diego Beer Week (SDBW) will take place November 5 through 14, 2021 at more than 150 independent craft breweries around San Diego County.
Due to health and safety concerns that remain surrounding the COVID-19 Delta Variant, Guild Fest, a 3,000-person beer festival, will skip another year with plans to return in 2022. Craft beer enthusiasts and tourists are invited to join the 4th Annual Virtual SDBW Kick-Off Toast on Friday, November 5 at 7 p.m. PT and by exploring sdbeer.com/events for additional celebrations.
“San Diego Beer Week is a staple event in our community, which gives tourists and locals alike an opportunity to explore all the delicious, innovative offerings in the ‘Capital of Craft’” said Paige McWey Acers, Executive Director at San Diego Brewers Guild. “While we’re disappointed to go another year without Guild Fest, craft beer fans in San Diego and beyond will be able to partake in the Virtual Kick-Off Toast as well as a 2nd iteration of the SDBG Beer Box - a virtual tasting experience. Plus, I’m confident that our brewery members as well as bars and restaurants around the county will be planning some impressive, more intimate events in their establishments.”
Additional details on SDBW 2021 will be available at sdbeer.com at a later date. For more information about the San Diego Brewers Guild, its brewery and affiliate members, as well as upcoming events, visit sdbeer.com.
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 10, 2021) - The San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG), a nonprofit organization supporting craft beer manufacturers in San Diego County, is pleased to announce its brewery members had another impressive year at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) Award Ceremony. In total, San Diego independent brewers received 19 medals this year - earning a grand total of nearly 300 medals for the ‘Capital of Craft’ since 1993.
The 2021 GABF Award Ceremony took place on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Denver, CO beginning at 4 p.m. PT. The event made an in-person comeback with limited representatives from each brewery in attendance to receive medals. This year, the Brewers Association, a national organization that hosts GABF, coupled the award ceremony with its noteworthy trade show - the Craft Brewers Conference - which unites craft beer manufacturers with goods and services suppliers for educational seminars and networking events.
A total of 2,192 breweries entered 9,680 beers into the world’s largest professional beer competition. The participants competed for a chance to have their creative brews earn recognition from the 170 judges analyzing 98 categories.