DENVER -- Eight Los Angeles Co. brewers have entered the Great American Beer Festival competition this year. Doubling from last year's professional brewer entries, Beachwood, Eagle Rock, Ladyface and Rock Bottom have re-entered, joined by newcomers San Pedro, Golden Road, Haven and LAB Brewing.
The Great American Beer Festival is the Holy Grail of beer awards, honoring brewers with gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 categories of beer. With so many medals awarded (you do the math, we're word people) the odds of receiving such a distinction may seem high. Not so, with almost 676 brewers entering, 134 for the first time. The most popular categories, like American-Style IPA, can receive close to 200 individual beers for sampling. Competition is stiff and the stakes are high -- and even the burliest, bearded brewers have been known to choke up some upon winning.
L.A. county beers on the floor of the GABF. Most beers available for tasting were submited for judging with the addition of numerous experimental and unreleased beers.
SAN PEDRO BREWING CO. (San Pedro)
-Port Town Pilsner
-San Pedro Pilsner
-San Pedro Kolsch
-San Pedro Spring Lager
-Terminal Island Black Lager
BEACHWOOD BBQ (Long Beach)
-Hop Ninja DIPA
-System of a Stout
EAGLE ROCK BREWERY (Los Angeles)
-Unionist Belgian Pale Ale
-Solidarity Black Mild
GOLDEN ROAD BREWING CO. (Los Angeles)
-Point the Way IPA
-Wolf Among Weeds
-Get Up Offa That Brown
-Golden Road Berliner Weisse
-Golden Road Hefeweizen
HAVEN BREWERY (Pasadena)
ROCK BOTTOM (Long Beach)
-Cyclone Light Lager
-Hot Pants Porter
THE LAB BREWING CO. (Agoura Hills)
-Bad Influence IPA
-Take Her Home Tripel
LADYFACE ALE COMPANIE (Agoura HIlls)
-Picture City Porter
-Ladyface® Red Rye
-Trébuchet Golden Farmhouse
-Blind Ambition Abbey
ISLAND BREWING CO. (Carpinteria)
-Avocado Honey Blonde
-Bourbon Barrel Aged Island Porter
TELEGRAPH BREWING CO. (Santa Barbara)
-Cerveza de Fiesta Pilsner
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