Hop Talk: It’s Oktoberfest time … and rewards season!

Great American Beer Festival honors San Diego breweries

It’s awards season, folks – and no, I’m not talking about the Emmys.

Last month, the Brewers Association handed out 290 medals to 265 breweries during the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), making 2021 the biggest competition in the festival’s 35-year history.

Judge samples beer submissions for the 2021 Great American Beer Festival (GABF)

(Brewers Association)

San Diego was well represented at the event, with medals awarded to 16 local breweries: Kilowatt Brewing, Two Roots Brewing, Eppig Brewing, Wild Barrel Brewing, TapRoom Beer Co., WestBrew, Puesto Cervecería, Belching Beaver Brewery, Rouleur Brewing, Coronado Brewing, My Yard Live Beer Co., North Park Beer Co., Attitude Brewing, Craft Coast, Deft Brewing and Mission Brewery.

Belching Beaver Brewery and North Park Beer Co. won two awards each, with Belching Beaver winning a gold medal for his Unfrozen Caveman Lager. Local breweries also won gold in six additional categories: Kilowatt Brewing, Two Roots Brewing, Wild Barrel Brewing, Rouleur Brewing, Coronado Brewing and Mission Brewery.

Sixteen San Diego breweries won awards at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

Sixteen San Diego breweries won awards at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

(Brewers Association)

Well done to all the winners – don’t forget to drop by their tasting rooms and wish them warm congratulations! (Note: Two Roots Brewing closed its Ocean Beach Tasting Room in Fall 2020, but its award-winning Enough Said Non-Alcoholic Lager is still available for purchase online and at local retailers.)

Learn more about the GABF at greatamericanbeerfestival.com and stream the recorded awards ceremony at thebrewingnetwork.com/gabf-awards-ceremony-2021. For a list of all of San Diego’s award-winning beers and their respective categories, visit sduniontribune.com.

Local lawyer receives national award

Breweries aren’t the only ones winning awards this season.

There are many people in the brewing community whose work may go unnoticed by the casual beer drinker, but is essential to the success of the industry.

Such a profession? Lawyers. And one of those attorneys responsible for the strength of San Diego’s craft beer scene is attorney Candace L. Moon, who recently received the Industry Personality of the Year award at Craft Beer. Marketing Awards. (Chris Jacobs, owner of Beer Zombies Brewery in Las Vegas, Nevada was a co-recipient of the award.)

Candace L. Moon, a San Diego-based lawyer who has served hundreds of breweries

Candace L. Moon, a San Diego-based lawyer who has served hundreds of breweries, recently received the “Industry People of the Year” award from the Craft Beer Marketing Awards.

(Craft Beer Marketing Prices)

Moon, partner of The Craft Beer Attorney, has served more than 450 breweries nationwide. While attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law in downtown San Diego, she got a job as a bartender at Hamilton’s Tavern in South Park; it was there that she realized the need for a specialist craft beer advisor. In addition to her legal work, she has served on the Boards of Directors of the Pink Boots Society and the San Diego Brewers Guild, and is a member of the Brewers Association and the California Craft Brewers Association.

The annual CBMAs honor individuals – selected by a global panel of judges – who make a difference in the craft brewing scene, focusing on marketing and design efforts. Learn more at craftbeermarketingawards.com.

What i drink this week

Name: Ale Schmidt beer festival

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company

Style: German Lager Märzen

ABV: 5.5%

A six-pack AleSchmidt Oktoberfest from AleSmith, a German-style Märzen Lager.

A six-pack AleSchmidt Oktoberfest from AleSmith, a German-style Märzen Lager.

(Sara Butler)

Prost! San Diego is Oktoberfest time. The neighborhood festivities are in full swing, so this week’s beer is a themed selection: the AleSchmidt Oktoberfest.

This award-winning beer, which received a gold medal at the Craft Brewer’s Cup in California in August, is a light Märzen lager that packs a lot of punch.

On the first sip, the dark amber drink is crisp and refreshing, but has a full mouth feel that leaves a warm feeling in your chest. I would liken the brew to a light jacket – breathable enough for the San Diego sun all year round, while still providing just enough warmth to withstand the evening breeze. The perfect staple for the fridge from summer to fall.

And that transitional element makes this Märzen lager an ideal choice for an outdoor Oktoberfest celebration. Plus, its toasted malt profile would pair deliciously with a salty German pretzel … drinking this beer at home, I desperately wished I had lived next door to a bakery.

AleSmith Brewing Company already celebrated its Oktoberfest event last month, but seasonal beer is still available on draft in its Miramar tasting room. You can also purchase cans of AleSchmidt Oktoberfest from retailers in San Diego using AleSmith’s Beer Finder at alesmith.com/find-our-beer.

Looking for more Oktoberfest fun? Check out various neighborhood events happening in El Cajon, Encinitas, La Mesa, and Ocean Beach this weekend. For more details, visit our website at bit.ly/ut-oktoberfest-2021.

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