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The Los Angeles Brewery Medal Winners from the 2018 Great American Beer Festival Awards

GABF Awards 2018

The winners of the 2018 Great American Beer Festival‘s annual beer competition were announced this morning and we’re stoked that nine awesome Los Angeles breweries are taking home medals this year!

The GABF competition is put on by the Brewer’s Association and is one of the most competitive and highly acclaimed of all the beer competitions in the United States. As a brewery, being recognized for your beer at this level is a great honor and is no easy feat. This year saw 8,864 different beers brewed by 2,404 different breweries being judged across 102 different categories. No walk in the park! Here’s the list of LA brewery winners:


Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale: Funk Yeah by Beachwood Blendery in Long Beach

Imperial Red Ale: Happy Days by Claremont Craft Ales in Claremont


Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout: It’s My Island by Pocock Brewing Co in Santa Clarita

Scotch Ale: SKAG by 6th and La Brea in Los Angeles

Sweet Stout or Cream Stout: Udder Love by Beachwood Brewing in Huntington Beach

Imperial Stout: The Shroud by Bravery Brewing in Lancaster


Barley Wine-Style Ale: Bear Temper by Trustworthy Brewing Co in Burbank

Belgian-Style Fruit Beer: Kumquat Saison by Smog City Brewing in Torrance

Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest: Figtoberfest by Figueroa Mountain Brewing in Westlake Village

Congratulations to all the winners and participating breweries. While winning a medal at GABF is a great accomplishment, it is by no means a prerequisite for brewing great beer. So while you’re out there drinking some of these 2018 GABF award-winning beers around Los Angeles, you should also be purchasing beers from the dozens of other awesome LA breweries out there as well.


Special congrats to some of our LA neighbors that brought home awards as well:

American-Style Brown Ale: Davy Brown by Figueroa Mountain in Buellton

Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest: Grandpa Tractor by Barley Forge in Costa Mesa

Experimental Beer: Feral Brute by Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buellton

Golden or Blonde Ale: MadeWest Standard by MadeWest in Ventura

Honey Beer: Belgian Honey Blonde by No Clue Craft Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga

Imperial India Pale Ale: Nobility by Noble Ale Works in Anaheim


American-Style Black Ale: Black the Riipper by Riip Beer Co in Huntington Beach

American-Style Pale Ale: Neighborhood by Ventura Coast Brewing Co in Ventura

Imperial Red Ale: Robot by Stereo Brewing Co in Placentia

Irish-Style Red Ale: TAPS Irish Red by TAPS Fish House & Brewery in Corona

Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale: Sippin on Dank 2.0 by Kings Brewing Co in Rancho Cucamonga

Brown Porter: Pinch Hit Porter by Stadium Pizza Main St. in Lake Elsinore


American-Belgo-Style Ale: Mischief by The Bruery in Placentia

American-Style India Pale Ale: West Coast IPA is Dead! by Green Cheek Beer Co in Orange

American-Style Lager or American-Style Malt Liquor: Lumino by Unsung Brewing in Tustin

Classic Saison: Hayshaker by Gunwhale Ales in Costa Mesa

Dark Lager: Nighthawk by Enegren Brewing in Moorpark

English-Style India Pale Ale: Hoppy Poppy IPA by Figueroa Mountain in Buellton

English-Style Mild Ale: Fools & Babies by Green Cheek Beer Co in Orange

Oatmeal Stout: Wall of Sound by Stereo Brewing Co in Placentia


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