From the 2010 World Beer Cup held in Chicago in which 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. States entered 3,330 separate beers for 97 categories.
11 and 21... the number of County breweries winning medals and the number of medals those breweries won.
10%... the percentage of County breweries out of American breweries winning medals (204)
8 and 10... the number of medals won by County breweries over those of respected craft brew states, Oregon and Colorado, respectively.
5 and 14... the number of medals won by County breweries over the countries of Germany and Belgium, respectively.
Ballast Point Brewing Company which won 3 gold medals was named small brewing company of the year succeeding 2008 winner Port Brewing Company of Solano Beach.
It's settled. San Diego County is the craft/microbrew capital of the planet and it's not really even close.
Honorable Mentions: Our ancestral hometown of Placentia, California, picked up two gold medals. In the Experimental Beer category, the 100% Brett Autumn Maple and in the Belgian-Style Flanders/Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale, the Oude Tart courtesy The Bruery.
Shocker: No medals for Stone Brewery of Escondido.
A full rundown of Cup winners, here.
* That's Jack White President and founder of Ballast Point Brewing Co. holding aloft a pint of his Big Eye India Pale Ale.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010