San Diego Craft Beer Cleans Up at the San Diego International Beer Comp

SDIBCThe San Diego International Beer Festival is coming up June 17-19 but the results from the competition are in and San Diego straight up kicked ass! In total, SD brought home 59 medals out of 159 total medals. I got to judge one round of the contest and it was fun and challenging.
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The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #3

SDCraftgraphicFinalIf you haven’t read my article, The State of San Diego Craft – 2015, you should. This will be a series of posts where I share the complete and full statements from 20+ amazing individuals that contributed to my work. I’m going to start with those that I used in the article and then release the rest in alphabetical order. We have two juggernauts of the San Diego craft beer world for you today.

As a side note, I want to say publicly that I was blown away by the people that took it upon themselves to contribute to my article. I did not expect and was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of those that chimed in. This entire process has been a gigantic reminder of how special the San Diego craft beer industry/community really is. Continue reading “The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #3”

The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #2

SDCraftgraphicFinalIf you haven’t read my article, The State of San Diego Craft – 2015, you should. This will be a series of posts where I share the complete and full statements from 20+ amazing individuals that contributed to my work. I’m going to start with those that I used in the article and then release the rest in alphabetical order. Today we’ll be starting with Alex Horne from Intergalactic Brewing. His stance is a call for new breweries to be cautious and realize that making great beer is only the beginning. I think that’s a great message. I hope we won’t see any great beer makers close but I can also see how easily it could happen if the market does get over saturated. Continue reading “The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #2”

The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #1

SDCraftgraphicFinalIf you haven’t read my article, The State of San Diego Craft – 2015, you should. This will be a series of posts where I share the complete and full statements from 20+ amazing individuals that contributed to my work. I’m going to start with those that I used in the article and then release the rest in alphabetical order. I identified with both of these statements for vastly different reasons. Brandon does a great job of capsulizing the biggest issue of 2015, the purchase of Ballast and Saint Archer by big beer entities and Karl reminds us that we’re a little pretentious for our britches. Thank you to both of these men for their thoughts, I truly appreciate it! Continue reading “The Statements of San Diego Craft – 2015 – #1”

The State of San Diego Craft Beer – 2015

20160316_163026The state of San Diego Craft Beer in 2015 was complex, diverse, and amazing.

Before we really dig into it, lets handle some overall house keeping in regards to this article. I will be counting Ballast Point and Saint Archer as craft beer for 2015 as they were for the majority of the year. Most of the statistics I will be throwing out come from National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR) reports, the Brewers Association resources, and West Coaster SD brewery list and articles. NUSIPR is the leading authority on providing these statistics, the Brewers Association is considered the governing board of craft beer on a national level, and I think we can all agree that West Coaster is a good source for anything regarding San Diego craft beer. If you see any issues with accuracy, do not hesitate to email me or comment below.

2015 was a year of prosperity in SD craft beer. Overall, we saw a 17% increase in the regional economic impact, going from $726.6 million in ’14 to $851 million, a 17.5% gain in total breweries in operation (from 97 to 114), which exceeded the national brewery growth of 15%, and a massive, 20% rise in total jobs, which were at 4,512, up from 3,752; the national average job growth was 5%. There were 17 breweries that opened their doors in ’15, just to add another “17” to this paragraph. Twenty one breweries embarked on or completed major expansions; I’m categorizing opening a satellite tasting room and/or a significant increase in production capacity a major expansion. The biggest expansions of the year were accomplished by Ballast Point and AleSmith. Three breweries also announced plans to build remote locations: Mother Earth in Nampa, ID, Green Flash in Virginia Beach, VA, and Stone Brewing in both Berlin (now online) and Richmond, VA. Continue reading “The State of San Diego Craft Beer – 2015”