The 2012 World Beer Cup award winners were recently announced (full winner list here), and California, specifically San Diego, raked in some serious honors. Local winners include Pizza Port with a gold in (surprise!) the Imperial IPA category (Green Flash took the bronze), and a new favorite of mine, Manzanita Brewing winning the gold in the "experimental" category. In Northern California, a great new seasonal from Sierra Nevada, Ruthless Rye, took top honors for rye beer.
San Diego-based companies took home a total of six gold medals, five silvers, and eight bronzes--Pizza Port grabbed eight total medals! Stay hoppy, San Diego.