The greatest U.S. beer competition may be the Fantastic American Beer Festival, but the California Condition Fair’s professional craft beer levels of competition held in July was a large just one. More than 850 beers from 120 California breweries were in the managing this calendar year.
When the dust had settled, Turlock’s Dust Bowl Brewing had been named 2022 brewery of the calendar year and taken property gold medals for Taco Truck Lager, Hobo Pilsner and California Golden Ale and a silver for Therapist, a double IPA. Some 20 Bay Area breweries took medals, as well, including eight gold medals.
Prize winning brews
Amid the finest of the best: Tremor California Gentle Lager from Sebastopol’s Seismic Brewing, Bock Bash from San Francisco’s Black Hammer Brewing and Venti Is Big, a coffee beer from 50 % Moon Bay’s Hop Dogma. Also winning gold was Ghiradelli Chocolate Imperial Stout from the San Francisco Brewing Co. Granny’s Tipple, an English barleywine by the Danville Brewing Co., and The Beer 2000, an imperial stout by Santa Rosa’s HenHouse Brewing. And at last, there was Oaktown Brown Ale by Walnut Creek’s Calicraft Brewing, Maison de Campagne, a common Saison by Berkeley’s Gilman Brewing, and the wonderfully named Sparkle Pony in the Belgian and French-Ale class, also by Black Hammer Brewing.
Other notable winners incorporate bronze medalist Bo Pils from Richmond’s East Brother (which I thought ought to have ranked better), silver medalist Gran Cacao from San Rafael’s Pond Farm Brewing gained a silver but is also a excellent chocolate beer, and Faultline Special
Bitter, which also gained a silver, is an unsung hero in the South Bay. The Sunnyvale brewery has been brewing good classic-design and style beers for a long time.
I’m a tiny biased — I just really like rye beers — but I have to give a shout out to Oakland’s Federation Brewing, which received a silver in the alternative fermentable beer class for its mouth watering Utopia Planitia.
Come across the total checklist of winners at castatefair.brewcompetition.com.
Anchor Steam 7 days returns
In 2015, the late San Francisco mayor Ed Lee declared the 3rd week of August as Anchor Steam Week, recognizing the contributions of Anchor Brewing Co. in preserving one of the oldest and most truly American kinds of beer. We’re conversing about Steam Beer, of study course, or as it is recognised by anyone else who brews one, California Common.
COVID, of training course, place the annual celebration on hiatus. Now Anchor Steam Week is again for festivities that start at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Anchor Community Taps at 495 De Haro St. in San Francisco. Be expecting to get pleasure from Anchor Steam flights, Anchor Steam beer-battered fish tacos from Sam’s Chowder Cellular, music, online games and a probability to make your own custom Anchor bandana that afternoon.
Anchor has two new beers truly worth checking out though you’re there, such as a brand new West
Coast IPA, which is dry-hopped and traditional. It undoubtedly feels like West Coast IPAs are making a comeback and this is a good a single to choose up. Anchor’s other latest release is Easy Weekend Lo-Cal Hazy IPA, which is only 99 energy and 3.7-% alcohol by volume. Brewed with Nugget, Strata and Sultana hops, it is a fantastic decision when you’re looking for something whole-flavored but less difficult on your entire body.
Call Jay R. Brooks at BrooksOnBeer@gmail.com.