SAN DIEGO — Karl Strauss Brewing Company recently hosted its third annual Pro-Am competition, where homebrewers submit their best beers for the chance to brew the winning recipe on a commercial scale.
The winning beer will also be entered into the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition this October, where it will compete against hundreds of other professional/amateur collaborations. This year’s first place beer was “Bleke Citroen”, a Belgian-style Pale Ale, brewed by Vista resident, Tim Taylor.
The company received 41 entries from homebrewers across southern California. “The creativity and range of styles that we saw was really impressive,” says Matt Johnson, Head Brewer, Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “The overall quality of the beers was outstanding—it was hard to narrow it down to only three winners!” The company had six employees, including the Quality Control Manager, and two Certified Cicerones, judge the contest, as well as three guest judges. “We thought it would be fun to let a few guest judges participate and offer a fresh perspective. It was cool, because in the end, we all unanimously agreed on the first place winner.”
Tim Taylor’s “Bleke Citroen” Belgian-style Pale Ale took top honors for its complexity and drinkability. “He packed a ton of spice and citrus flavor into a 5.3% abv beer and that’s not easy to do,” says Johnson. “We are really looking forward to brewing this beer with Tim at one of our brewery restaurants in August.” The company also awarded second and third place honors for “Pickle Tickle”, a creative and addicting Pickle Saison, and “Coco Starkbier”, a tropical Coconut Dark Lager. Each of the winning homebrewers was generous enough to share their recipes with the public and those can be found at the company’s website.
1st — Tim Taylor: “Bleke Citroen” — Belgian-Style Pale Ale
2nd — Gonzalo J. Quintero: “Pickle Tickle” — Saison/Experimental
3rd — Colin Weir — “Coco Starkbier” —Dark European Lager/Fruit Beer
About Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the San Diego beer scene since 1989 with innovative beer releases and award-winning favorites like Red Trolley Ale and Tower 10 IPA. The company took home 23 medals in 2012 and is currently ranked #39 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries with sole distribution in California. 2013 is on pace to be another exciting year of double-digit sales growth, with the brewery opening to the public this summer and a new brewery restaurant slated for this fall.