San Diegan brewers brought home 18 medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this past weekend. One beer in particular sticks out from that list: Enough Said Lager, a non-alcoholic offering from Two Roots Brewing, which took gold in that category. Two Roots purchased Kearny Mesa’s Helms Brewing last year, and operates a tasting room in Ocean Beach. At time of press, just two cases of that beer were available in the tasting room; the rest went to BevMo outlets.
North Park-based 619 Spirits won top honors in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice awards for “Best Craft Vodka Distillery.” A panel of experts and editors picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.
619 Spirits was founded by San Diego local Nick Apostolopoulos in 2012, and the 4,200 square foot distillery and tasting room opened in the summer of 2018. Their vodkas are hand-infused with local San Diego ingredients including scorpion peppers, rose petals, coffee, and pickle and cucumber infusions.
Manzanita Roasting Company, situated on the Bernardo Winery property, recently won a gold medal at the 2019 Golden Bean Awards, the largest roasters competition and conference in the world. Their El Salvador Loma La Gloria with Anny Ruth won in the North American-grown category. The company has been roasting for almost five years, and their shop has been open for about a year at 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte.
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