OC & Long Beach Brewers Win Big at the First California Craft Brewers Cup—What the Ale!


Tom McCormick of the California Craft Brewers Association shakes the hand of Andrew Moy of GameCraft Brewing at the California Craft Brewers Cup. Photo by Greg Nagel

There’s the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, and now California has its own competition. Capping an epic two days of panels, trade shows and tastings at the CA Craft Beer Summit in Long Beach was the California Craft Brewers Cup, complete with an awards ceremony and medals awarded in 61 categories. 

And whoa, Nellie, Orange County and Long Beach breweries won quite a bit. Notably, against more than 181 entries, GameCraft Brewing took gold with its Pay to Win in the most-entered category for American-style IPA. Brewer Andrew Moy, who saw success at the national level when he was at Riip Beer Co., earned another gold in coffee beer for GameCraft with There Is No Cow Level. Meanwhile, TAPS Brewery in Tustin nabbed two gold and two bronze medals for its well-known Euro-centric beers.

Here are the rest of the results!

Anaheim Brewery: 1888 (historical beer)
GameCraft Brewing: Pay to Win (IPA), There Is No Cow Level (coffee beer)
TAPS Brewery: Don’t Drop That Dun Dun Dunkel (Euro dark lager), Krystal Clear (German-style wheat)
Unsung Brewing Co.: Buzzman (cream ale)

Ambitious Ales: Central Perk (coffee beer)
Beachwood Brewing: Vanilla Fudge (chocolate beer)
Chapman Crafted Beer: Absofruitly! Raspberry (wild ale)
Stereo Brewing: Summer Sun (Berliner Weisse), I’m Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass (chili beer)

Beachwood Brewing: Tart Simpson (Berliner Weisse)
Noble Ale Works: Nose Candy (IPA session beer)
Phantom Ales: Phantom Doppelbock
Pizza Port San Clemente: Dusk Til Dawn (chocolate beer)
Riip Beer Co.: Marooned 12 (Belgian strong)
TAPS Brewery: Poseidon (double IPA), Light (American lager)

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