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West Coast Breweries Clean up at World Beer Cup

OK, so maybe this is old news to some of you, but for those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of attending the 2o12 World Beer Cup in sunny San Diego last weekend, here’s a recap of the West Coast winners. And extra super special shout out to super young breweries Sound Brewing (WA), Columbia River Brewing (OR), The Commons Brewery (OR), Breakside Brewing (OR), and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales (OR) for their first WBC medals.

According to The Weekly Pint: “This year there were 211 judges from 27 countries tasting blind; 2/3 of the judges were non-U.S. to balance results in the age of American craft brew—and macro brew—dominance, with gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in 95 distinct beer styles. The average number of entries per style: 41. And how about this for a tap list: there were 3,921 beers judged from 799 breweries in 54 countries (and 45 U.S. states). In addition, honors for best brewery and brewmaster combo were awarded as usual, a highly coveted honor reserved for the end of festivities.”

What to do with this (in no particular order list)? Seek and find the beers! Have fun!

Brewery Winners:

Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2012 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Mid-size Brewing Company
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Paso Robles, CA
Matthew Brynildson

Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2012 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster

Large Brewpub
Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Darron R S Welch

Washington winners

Fish Brewing/Leavenworth, Dunkelweizen

Elysian, Great Pumpkin

BJ’s-Tacoma, Got Beer

Fremont Brewing, Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale

Black Raven Brewing, Great Grandfather Raven

Silver City, Winter Bock

Redhook Ale Brewery, Nut Brown Ale

Sound Brewery, Poundage Porter

Silver City Brewing, Old Scrooge

Pike Brewing, Pike XXXXX Extra Stout

Silver City Brewery, Imperial Stout

Oregon winners

Hop Valley, DD Blonde

Columbia River Brewing, Drunken Elf Stout

Upright Brewing, Oyster Stout

Bend Brewing, Ching Ching

Columbia River Brewing, Stumblers Stout

Pelican Pub & Brewery, Stormwatcher’s Winterfest

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Peche ‘n Brett

The Commons Brewery, Urban Farmhouse Ale

Laurelwood Brewing, Mother Lode Golden Ale

Pelican Pub & Brewery, MacPelican’s Scottish Style Ale

Caldera Brewing, Caldera Ashland Amber

Breakside Brewing, Breakside Dry Stout

California winners

Rock Bottom-La Jolla, Longboard Brown Ale

Bayhawk Ales, Chocolate Porter

21st Amendment, Hqt

AleSmith Brewing, AleSmith Decadence 2010 Old Ale

AleSmith Brewing, AleSmith Old Numbskull

Alpine, Odin’s Raven

Third Street Aleworks, Blarney Sisters Dry Irish Stout

Left Coast Brewing Co., Voo Doo

Island Brewing, Starry Night Stout

Mad River Brewing, Steelhead Extra Pale

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Foam Top

Firestone Walker, Mission Street Pale

Firestone Walker, Pale 31

Green Flash, Palate Wrecker

Pizza Port Carlsbad, Poor Man’s IPA

Half Moon Bay Brewing, Mavericks Amber Ale

Sierra Nevada, Bigfoot

Pizza Port Carlsbad, Great American Brown

Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Tarantulas 2.0

Bear Republic, Black Racer

Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Achievement Beyond Life’s Experiences American Stout Brit Antrim Benefit Beer

Pizza Port San Clemente, Nerf Herder

Pizza Port San Clemente, Way Heavy

Oggi’s Pizza & Brewery, Alyssa’s Attitude

The Bruery, Melange #1

Mammoth Brewing, Double Nut Brown

Pizza Port San Clemente, Pier Rat Porter

Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., Blackjack Stout

The Lost Abbey, Carnevale

The Lost Abbey, Gift of the Magi

The Bruery, Oude Tart

Sierra Nevada, Ovila Dubbel

Karl Strauss, Two Tortugas Belgian Quad

Karl Strauss, Red Trolley Ale

Telegraph Brewing, Rhinoceros

Rock Bottom-Long Beach, Rocktoberfest

Lucky Hand Beer, Cali Common

Third Street Aleworks, Annadel Pale Ale

Firestone Walker, 805 IPA

Mammoth Brewing Co, Real McCoy Amber

The Bruery, Hottenroth Berliner Weisse

Pizza Port Ocean Beach, Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Coffee Imperial Porter

FiftyFifty Brewing, Donner Party Porter

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Hangar 24 Winter Warmer

Sierra Nevada, Kellerweis

Marin Brewing, Star Brew

Manzanita Brewing, Where There’s Smoke…

Telegraph Brewing, Petit Obscura

Green Flash, Green Flash Brewing Co.

Russian River, Supplication

Whew, that’s quite a list, and a lot of beers to sample. For the complete list of 2012 World Beer Cup winners, click here.

Winter Ale Festivals

Beer West will be bundling up all weekend long in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square at the Holiday Ale Fest. And we’ll be representing at the Seattle Winter Beer Fest at Hale’s Ales. It’s gonna be a big weekend.

Photo courtesy Beeriety Blog.

Cold weather means welcoming a new batch of strong winter ales. Here are a few festivals and events in the West that you shouldn’t miss this season:

Portland Holiday Ale Festival // Pioneer Square // Portland, OR
November 30 – December 4

Winter BeerFest // Hales Ales // Seattle, WA
December 2-3

San Diego Strong Ale Festival // Pizza Port // San Diego, CA
December 2-3

15th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Tasting Challenge // Beer Co // San Diego, CA
December 3

Winter Wonderland CoLAboration Beer Garden // Golden Road Brewing // Los Angeles, CA
December 3

Parade of Darks
// Wynkoop Brewing Company // Denver, CO
December 3

Sono Park Holiday Fest and Chilipalooza // 32nd and Thorn // San Diego, CA
December 4

Meet the Brewer Monday with Ballast Point Brewing // The Pearl Hotel // San Diego, CA
December 5

Jingle Bell Jubilee // Blue Palms Brewhouse // Los Angeles, CA
December 10

8 Malty Nights Release // New Old Lompoc // Portland, OR
December 14

Kerstbier Fest 2011 // The Trappist // Oakland, CA
December 16

Chanukah Vs. Christmas: The Battle Royale of Beers // The Green Dragon // Portland, OR
December 17

Strong Ale Holiday Festival // Library Ale House // Santa Monica, CA
December 19

You know that warm, toasty feeling you get after your first (or maybe second) pint? We like to think of that as a beer blanket. So wrap yourself up, and get out this holiday season for some strong seasonal brews. Got more winter beer events to go to? Write us a comment, post on our Facebook page, or find us on Twitter @BeerWestMag. Cheers!

Breakfast of Champions

Good Morning Sunshine!

You’ve never hair-of-the-dogged it more stylishly. Or diversely.

Wake up to weekend brunch at Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens where live musicians serenade you in hangover slumber, and the hospitable staff adorn your table with breakfast flights. This flight was created in honor of San Diego Beer Week.

Endless pairing options present themselves when you make it to the buffet -we’re talking bacon and eggs, a pasta bar, a salad bar, fish n’ chips and a shrimp cocktail bar, a fruit bar, a make-your-own omelette station and a pastry spread, among many other options.

Hefmosa: Windansea Wheat Hef + orange juice

pair with // Woodie Gold-cured Bacon and cantaloupe

Hop Hound: Tower 10 IPA + grapefruit juice

pair with // fresh strawberries

Beer Mary: Heavy Petti DIPA + spicy bloody mary mix

pair with // Make-your-own omelette, or the pasta bar

Suit Up: Fullsuit Belgian Brown + espresso

pair with // anything from the DIY pancake and waffle stand

Amazing Assembly

Usually I go into a beer pairing dinner expecting to come out more than satisfied. Especially in San Diego, there are exceptional chefs and brewmasters who will surprise and impress your palette. This dinner, though, completely blew me out of the water.

Enter Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park – where rustic design meets dim orange light that will warm you up even before your first beer. Curious three-dimensional newspaper fish hang from the ceiling. The owners, whose kind greeting makes me feel as if I’ve known them for years, tell me that these fish are even anatomically correct. These folks know their fish- Sea Rocket specialized in wild, sustainable seafood.

There’s no seafood on the menu tonight, though. Chef Chad White from Washington has the challenge of creating a completely vegan meal, inspired by the founders of Love Like Beer, a local organization that puts on craft beer-paired vegan dinners to support local charities. A percentage of tonight’s proceeds will go to San Diego’s Engineers Without Borders chapter.

We dive into pear salad with aged cashew cheese and clove agave nectar. It’s paired with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales fall seasonal, Fuego Del Otono. All of the courses tonight are paired with Jolly Pumpkin vegan beers (brewed by vegan Ron Jeffries); in fact, this is the greatest number of Jolly Pumpkin Ales on tap in one place on the West Coast.

Next up is pumpkin gnocchi with cured black olive puree, fennel confit and nutmeg-roasted pepitas, and paired with La Percela. The third course is smoked seitan sausage with spiced apple chai tea and saurkraut with Bam Biere -I’m still craving that one.

We finish with coffee-malted chocolate cake with ganache, beer-macerated cherries, and curry gastric, paired with Bam Noire. We are so impressed, satiated, even galvanized by tonight’s unique menu items. The craftiness that went into making this food parallels the thoughtfulness that goes into making great beers, we conclude. The table is buzzing, and not just because we’re four beers deep. We participated in something out of the ordinary, and we supported a good cause. AND no animals were harmed in the process. Not a bad way to eat every now and again.

Inspired? Check out Chickpea Magazine‘s article about Love Like Beer.

Photos courtesy of Ryan Lamb of West Coaster.

Master Pairings Preview

“Dr.” Bill Sysak, the Certified Cicerone at Stone Brewing is facing off against craft beer critic and author Stephen Beaumont tonight at the Stone Master Pairings Dinner. They will match six courses with six beers, and the guests will decide who’s pairings are more palatable -though, guests can likely expect to be wowed by both competitor’s craft beer and culinary combos.

I had the privilege of sitting in on Dr. Bill’s preliminary tasting yesterday, and what a marvel it was to get inside the master’s head. He says that to truly have success with your pairings, you should make the food first, and then pair the beer with it, and not the other way around. He also says that while many wine and food pairings often feature contrasting flavors, beer and food pairings should usually be more complimentary. Though, after a few hours at the table with him, I learned that there really are no rules when it comes to beer and food. Just follow your five senses- they’ll tell you what works best.

Tonight’s menu is the creation of Stone executive chef Alex Carballo. Here’s’ what guests can expect:

First Course: Seared Mano de Leon Scallops with persimmon compote

Second Course: Seared Iberico de Belotta Pork with salad of arugula and sorrel, pecan-crusted goat cheese and poached pears

Third Course: Turducken with green tomato chutney and butternut squash croquets

Fourth Course: Brut Cocoa-dusted Beef Cheek with mashed potatoes and Stone Farm greens

Fifth Course: Artisanal Cheese Plate

Dessert: Passion fruit gateaux with pomegranate reduction’s Top West Coast Beers of 2010

It’s that time of the year again; has tabulated a year’s worth of beer ratings to supply us with their best of 2010 beer list. Below are the 50 top rated beers from California, Oregon and Washington, as well as the top 20 rated beers in each state.  Russian River’s Pliny the Younger takes the top spot and California brews make up a whopping 90% of the top 50. Evidently you guys like big beer. Big beer from California. Does California beer really reign supreme? And it looks like the Washington beer folks ought to start rating more of their beer…

Top 50 West Coast Beers from

Russian River Pliny the Younger 4.344938 California
AleSmith Speedway Stout 4.284298 California
Russian River Pliny the Elder 4.283405 California
AleSmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout 4.251503 California
Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus 4.205486 California
Russian River Supplication 4.165094 California
Stone Imperial Russian Stout 4.158266 California
Deschutes The Abyss 4.149295 Oregon
Lost Abbey Cable Car 4.136702 California
Lost Abbey Veritas 006 4.133434 California
Russian River Consecration 4.123191 California
Lost Abbey The Angel’s Share Grand Cru 4.114347 California
North Coast Old Rasputin Anniv Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout 4.112161 California
Firestone Walker Parabola 4.095411 California
AleSmith Kopi Luwak Speedway Stout 4.093729 California
North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout 4.092294 California
Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa 4.091567 California
Stone Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout 4.090946 California
Lost Abbey Veritas 004 4.080602 California
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (North Star) 4.054239 California
AleSmith IPA 4.051663 California
Hair of the Dog Adam 4.046609 Oregon
Firestone Walker 13 4.046131 California
Lost Abbey Veritas 007 4.041255 California
Ballast Point Victory at Sea 4.039996 California
Lost Abbey Deliverance 4.033481 California
Russian River Deviation (Bottleworks IX) 4.033052 California
Stone Ruination IPA 4.031073 California
Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel) 4.024199 California
Lost Abbey Yellow Bus 4.020071 California
Russian River Temptation 4.017764 California
Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood 4.015043 Oregon
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale 4.008969 California
Russian River Blind Pig IPA 3.999419 California
Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze 3.998506 California
Port Brewing Hop 15 3.997305 California
Pizza Port Cuvee de Tomme 3.994826 California
AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale 3.991306 California
Hair of the Dog Matt 3.991226 Oregon
Green Flash Silva Stout 3.989937 California
The Bruery Black Tuesday Imperial Stout 3.989298 California
Port Brewing Older Viscosity 3.986961 California
Alpine Beer Company Exponential Hoppiness 3.984929 California
AleSmith Old Numbskull 3.979869 California
AleSmith YuleSmith (Summer) India Pale Ale 3.979569 California
Lost Abbey Serpents Stout 3.974306 California
Stone Double Bastard Ale 3.97062 California
Lost Abbey Funky Barrel 3.96 California
Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood 3.95659 Oregon
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye Ale 3.951116 California

Top Rated CA Beers

Russian River Pliny the Younger 4.344938 Santa Rosa
AleSmith Speedway Stout 4.284298 San Diego
Russian River Pliny the Elder 4.283405 Santa Rosa
AleSmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout 4.251503 San Diego
Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus 4.205486 San Marcos
Russian River Supplication 4.165094 Santa Rosa
Stone Imperial Russian Stout 4.158266 Escondido
Lost Abbey Cable Car 4.136702 San Marcos
Lost Abbey Veritas 006 4.133434 San Marcos
Russian River Consecration 4.123191 Santa Rosa

Top Rated OR Beers

Deschutes The Abyss 4.149295 Bend
Hair of the Dog Adam 4.046609 Portland
Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood 4.015043 Portland
Hair of the Dog Matt 3.991226 Portland
Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood 3.95659 Portland
Rogue Double Chocolate Stout 3.944718 Newport
Cascade Sang Royal 3.92247 Portland
Pelican The Perfect Storm 3.914014 Pacific City
Deschutes Black Butte XXI 3.881093 Bend
Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws 3.878026 Portland

Top Rated WA Beers

Fish Tale Leviathan Barleywine (Barrel Aged) 3.807237 Olympia
Elysian Dragonstooth Stout 3.749312 Seattle
Pike XXXXX Stout 3.7373 Seattle
Hales Seattle Beer Week 2010 Double IPA 3.676352 Seattle
Elysian Dark O The Moon Pumpkin Stout 3.669101 Seattle
Fish Tale Monkfish Triple (Barrel Aged) 3.65891 Olympia
Diamond Knot Industrial India Pale Ale 3.582706 Mukilteo
Old Schoolhouse Hooligan Stout 3.57141 Winthrop
Elysian The Great Pumpkin 3.546284 Seattle
Fish Tale Poseidons Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged) 3.544439 Olympia, December 2010


Agree with the lineup? What are your favorite beers of 2010?