The 6th Annual Sore Eye Cup – San Diego’s Best Indie Beer

Welcome to the launch of the 6th Annual Sore Eye Cup, an award for the best, regularly produced indie beer in San Diego! Last year was a resounding success, Oatmeal Stout from Benchmark Brewing won! That, along with the only member of the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame, Speedway Stout, are the only two regularly produced, indie beers ineligible for this contest. You guys set records for nominations and votes last year, well done!

We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup! At the announcement party, we’ll fill it up with the winning beer and the winning brewery will drink from the cup right then, as is tradition! The winners can then bask in the glory of victory and have bragging rights for an entire year.

Here are the rules: beers nominated must be brewed here in San Diego County by a licensed, independent, craft brewery. They must be beers the brewery makes year round; seasonal, special versions, one offs, nitro versions and casks are not allowed. The beers do not need to be packaged (cans or bottles), just made all year long and available for growler fills (so we can buy some to judge). We’re looking for superior indie beers that are available to everyone in SD.

Nominate your favorite beer(s) by emailing me at Sore Eye Cup, tweet me (@SoreEyeSuds) , tag your nomination #SoreEyeCup in Twitter, comment on the post in Facebook, or comment right here on this post. Nominations are open until June 30th at 8pm. Voting down to the 10 finalist beers begins July 6th and runs to July 22nd at 8pm.

The top ten beers, as voted by you, the best people on earth, will be blind tasted/judged by our panel of exemplary beer people . The judges range from craft beer enthusiasts to certified cicerones. We are truly looking for the best, regularly produced indie beer San Diego has to offer. The best craft beer, as chosen by us, will be awarded the esteemed Sore Eye Cup and receive all the prestige and glory one blog can bestow upon a brewery!

A giant shout out to the returning Sore Eye Cup sponsor, Tap Craft! Remember to contact Tap Craft for all your draft system supply, installation, and maintenance needs!

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Current nominated beers!:

Habitus Rye IPA from Mike Hess

Bear Cookie Peanut Butter Stout from Bear Roots

Black Sheep Porter from Bitter Brothers

Frontside Export Stout
Lupulin Lust
from Rip Current

Aloha Brews: Aloha Plenty Porter from Iron Fist/Ken Schmidt

Stingray IIPA
from Coronado Brewing

Galaxy Rye IPA from Helix Brewing

Table Beer from Benchmark

Relay IPA
Barrio Lager
Rock the Pale
from Thorn St.

Pickleweed Point
from Pizza Port

from Deft

Freight Damage from Division 23

Boss Pour from Abnormal

Juice from Protector

Lot 19
from Burgeon

Aurora Hoppyalis
Mosaic Session
from Karl Strauss

Leif Lager from Longship

The Cake is a Lie
Space Oasis
from Intergalactic

Sweet Ride from Bagby

Tabula Rasa
Clever Hoppy Name
from Second Chance

Red Barn
Shark Attack
from Port/Lost Abbey/THC

Nut Brown
Special Pils
from AleSmith

Pure & Simple
Brewers Special Brown
from New English

Galaxy Rye IPA from Helix

Half Door Pale
House of Hops
from Half Door

Erotic City
Dorcha Extra Stout
Dank Drank
Refill Material
Passion of the Kiwi
Mamba Mode
from Pariah Brewing Company

Sharks with Lazers
Monks Lunch
from Home Brewing Co

Super Schwarz
10:45 to Denver
from Eppig Brewing Company

Phantom Bride from Belching Beaver

Circle of Hops
Dankness Visible
Holy the Voyd
from Burning Beard

Needle in the Hey! -IIPA
La FLAMA Blanca-Mexican Lager
D.E.A.D RAMONES- GermAn Pilsner
from Thr3e Punk

Black House
Blazing World
from Modern Times

Electric Youth
Dream Trails
Planet Rock
from Thunderhawk

Da Kine IPA
Sun Set Red
Honey Blonde
from Pacific Islander

from Rouleur

from Societe

Green Hat
Plenty For All
from Fall

Chasing Citra
Vacation Coconut IPA
from Resident

Bird Park
from North Park

Boo Koo
Cali Creamin’
from Mother Earth

Bully Pulpit
Gavel Drop
from Council

from Mason

Prince of Dankness
Hipster Latte
from Wild Barrel

First Date (Blonde)
Tropical Hefe
from Groundswell

28 thoughts on “The 6th Annual Sore Eye Cup – San Diego’s Best Indie Beer”

  1. Okay, I’ll chime in:
    My all-time favorite beer, Mike Hess Habitus Rye IPA.
    Bear Roots Bear Cookie Peanut Butter Stout
    Bitter Brothers Black Sheep Porter
    Rip Current Frontside Export Stout
    Iron Fist/Ken Schmidt Aloha Brews: Aloha Plenty Porter
    Second Chance Coco Rasa Porter (actually this might not be year-round, but it should be)
    Coronado Brewing Stingray IIPA
    Helix Brewing Galaxy Rye IPA

  2. Erotic City, Dorcha Extra Stout and Mamba Mode from Pariah Brewing Company
    Sharks with Lazers by Home Brewing Co
    Super Schwarz by Eppig Brewing Company

  3. Burning beard: hopmata, circle of hops, normcore, holy the void stout, banks.

    Modern times: black house

    Benchmark: oatmeal stout, table beer.

    1. Thanks Melody, Treevana is on the list, actual voting starts July 6th, be sure to come back daily through the 22nd to support your favorites.

    1. Thanks Brian, Treevana is on the list, actual voting starts July 6th, be sure to come back daily through the 22nd to support your favorites.

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