San Diego Breweries Win 12 Medals

San Diego craft breweries won 12 medals on Wednesday at the 2023 World Beer Cup, the largest international beer competition often referred to “The Olympics of Beer Competitions”. AleSmith Brewing in Miramar, BattleMage Brewing in Vista, and North Park Beer Co. were Gold Medal winners.

In addition to the three Gold Medals, local breweries won two Silver Medals and seven Bronze Medals. Pizza Port and Eppig Brewing were the only San Diego County breweries to win multiple medals with two apiece.

The event took place in Nashville as part of the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America, and it featured more than 10,000 beers from nearly 2,400 breweries spanning 51 countries. The Brewers Association, which is a not-for-profit trade association that promotes and protects American craft brewers, hosts the competition that included 103 different categories.

The list of all winning San Diego beers:


AleSmith Brewing Co.: Olde Ale, “Old Ale or Strong Ale” category

BattleMage Brewing: Summon Ifrit, “American-Style Amber/Red Ale” category

North Park Beer Co.: NZ-Fu!, “International IPA” category*


Eppig Brewing (Vista): Meister, “American Wheat Beer” category

Mother Earth Brew Co. (Vista): Boo Koo, “International Pale Ale” category


Burgeon Beer Co. (Carlsbad): Tight Focus, “International IPA” category

Craft Coast Beer & Tacos (Oceanside): Old West, “American-Style IPA” category

Eppig Brewing (Vista): Sinister Path, “Export Stout” category

My Yard Live Beer Co. (San Marcos): Basic B@tch, “Honey Beer” category

Pizza Port (Carlsbad): Oceano, “Australian-Style Pale Ale” category

Pizza Port (Ocean Beach): Paloma Sour, “Specialty Berliner-Style Weisse” category

Stone Brewing (Liberty Station): Stone Lifeblood, “American-Style Brown Ale” category

North Park Beer’s NZ-Fu! also won Gold at last October’s Great American Beer Festival, which is the United States predecessor to World Beer Cup.

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.

A list of all winners can be found at here. The World Beer Cup was developed by the Brewers Association in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing.

With more than 150 craft brewery locations, San Diego County is known as The Capital of Craft™. 

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About San Diego Brewers Guild

Founded in 1997, San Diego Brewers Guild is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization of allied brewery members, tradespeople, and other providers supporting the production and distribution of craft beer. Since its founding, SDBG’s mission is to promote local small businesses and entrepreneurs of craft beer via education, events, and community involvement. The San Diego region (aka The ‘Capital of Craft™’), which is home to more than 150 independent craft beer manufacturers, continuously garners attention for its medal-winning beer styles, craft beer tourism, economic impact, and positive international reputation. San Diego Brewers Guild promotes awareness and increases the visibility of locally brewed beer through education and their participation in community events.

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