Great American Beer Festival – Stand Outs

Article by MARK SLATTERY – OCTOBER 17, 2013

In the overwhelming world of the Great American Beer Festival, it can be difficult for a brewery to stand out from the others. With 732 breweries in attendance, it’s easy for a brewery to get lost in the shuffle. Some breweries went to great lengths to stand out from the crowd though, such as buying space on the ends of the aisles where they could build their own booth, or decorating their tiny space among the long stretches of brewers so they could be seen from far and wide. And some breweries took an even simpler approach to getting noticed: making delicious beer that everyone talked about during the sessions.n the overwhelming world of the Great American Beer Festival, it can be difficult for a brewery to stand out from the others. With 732 breweries in attendance, it’s easy for a brewery to get lost in the shuffle. Some breweries went to great lengths to stand out from the crowd though, such as buying space on the ends of the aisles where they could build their own booth, or decorating their tiny space among the long stretches of brewers so they could be seen from far and wide. And some breweries took an even simpler approach to getting noticed: making delicious beer that everyone talked about during the sessions.

Here’s some breweries that stood out to me during the 2013 Great American Beer Festival (apologies to many Colorado breweries who were left off this list primarily due to familiarity):

The Bruery

To me, The Bruery out of Orange County, CA straight CRUSHED the GABF. They may not have won any medals, but they had the best lineup of beer on offer from top to bottom. Depending on your market, The Bruery’s beers are readily available in 750mL bottles, ranging anywhere from $10-$32 a bottle. That’s a large chunk of change, and sometimes it’s hard to know if it is going to be worth it for those extra expensive bottles.

I can tell you right now that they are more than worth it. If you like unique beer styles with a sour/tart twist, then The Bruery is for you. They had Tart of Darkness, Chocolate Rain, Oude Tart with Cherries, and much more on display for festival attendees. No one else at the festival brought the big guns out this year quite like The Bruery. Short’s Brewing Company

Short’s stood out from the crowd at this year’s GABF by having the best booth at the festival. They upgraded to an end-cap space, which showcased a larger-than-life 3D version of their logo atop a cylindrical cooler, which kept their beer cold at all times. Good thing they have great beer to go along with their display, as people crowded around to snap a few pics of the large design. Continue reading

San Diego County Breweries

LIST OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY BREW HOUSES in alphabetical order:
provided by West Coaster

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1. Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment (Midtown)**
2. AleSmith Brewing Company (Miramar)
3. Alpine Beer Company (Alpine)
4. Amplified Ale Works (Pacific Beach)*
5. Arcana Brewing Co. (Carlsbad)
6. Automatic Brewing Company (Normal Heights)
7. Aztec Brewing Company / 7 Nations Brewing Company (Vista)
8. Back Street Brewery (Vista)
9. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits (Scripps Ranch)
10. Ballast Point Home Brew Mart (Linda Vista) Continue reading