WORLD BEER CUP WINNERS—North Park brewer Mike Hess (right) led his Mike Hess Grim Avenue Brewing team to victory at the prestigious World Cup of Beer competition held this weekend in Denver. Posing for last month’s roll out of the first Hess beer to be canned were Bottlecraft Beer Shop owner Brian Jensen (left) and Greg Hess.  Hess won its 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Medal for its Habitus Rye Beer (pictured above).
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@2014 WORLD BEER CUP—By Mike Shess, Publisher, West Coaster beer magazine and website–Led by North Park’s Mike Hess Brewing Co.’s Gold Medal for its Habitus (Rye Beer) fellow San Diego brewers earned 11 medals at the 2014 World Beer Cup.

Habitus is a very drinkable, high gravity, crisp and spicy rye IPA, hopped generously throughout the brew process and then dry-hopped with over a pound per barrel of Sterling and Chinook hops. Earthy and spicy notes from both the hops and the rye malt, complimented by the floral and piney aromatics.

Fellow San Diego World Beer Cup winners were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner/Ceremony, which took place following the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference.

Out of 94 categories of beer, San Diegans won four gold medals, four Silver medals, and three Bronze medals. In total, 1,447 breweries entered 4,918 beers from 62 countries. 220 judges from 32 countries determined the winners. The San Diego County winners and their categories are listed below. In addition to winning two medals, Coronado Brewing Company was awarded World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster in the Mid-Sized Brewing Company category.

Category (# entries) – Winning Beer and Brewery – Award

Category 10(Rye Beer, 47 entries) – Habitus by Mike Hess Brewing Co. – GOLD

Category 13(Other Strong Beer, 44 entries)  – May the Port Be With You by Pizza Port Solana Beach – Bronze

Category 18(American-Style Sour Ale, 32 entries) – Framboise de Amorosa by The Lost Abbey – Silver

Category 24(Aged Beer, 14 Eentries) – Aged Navigator Dopplebock by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits / Home Brew Mart – Bronze

Category 46(Australasian-Style Pale Ale or International-Style Pale Ale, 33 entries) – Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits / Old Grove – GOLD

Category 79(Old Ale or Strong Ale, 40 entries) – Old Ale 2013 by AleSmith Brewing Co. – GOLD   

Category 80(Barley-Wine Style Ale, 53 entries) – Old Scallywag by Coronado Brewing Co. – Silver

Category 82 (Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout, 36 entries) – The Pugilist by Societe Brewing Co. – Silver

Category 86 (American-Style Strong Pale Ale, 97 entries) – Islander IPA by Coronado Brewing Co. – GOLD

Category 88 (Imperial India Pale Ale, 106 entries) – Hop 15 by Port Brewing Co. – Bronze

Category 89 (American-Style Amber/Red Ale, 90 entries) – Shark Bite Red by Pizza Port Bressi Ranch – Silver

PRESTIGIOUS AWARD (Best of Show) Coronado Brewing Company was named Best Mid-Sized Brewery and  Brewmaster at the World Beer Cup Competition held this weekend in Denver Colo.

For compete list of entire World Beer Cup competition go to West Coaster website:http://www.westcoastersd.com/

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