Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the San Diego beer scene since 1989 with innovative beer releases like Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Mosaic Session Ale, Big Barrel IIPA, and Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. The brewery has won over 80 medals since 2009 and its Red Trolley Ale is one of the most award-winning beers in the world. The company is currently ranked #45 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries with sole distribution in California. For press inquiries please contact Kiersten Winant. Cheers.

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Karl Strauss and Baja Brewing Company Release an International Collaboration Brew for Cinco de Mayo

San Diego, CA — May 4th, 2016 Earlier this year Baja Brewing Company, the first craft brewery in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, reached out to their neighbors across the border at Karl Strauss Brewing Company, the first craft brewery in the city of San Diego since prohibition, to discuss releasing an international collaboration beer.

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KARL’s Red Trolley and Mosaic Session IPA Win Gold at LA International Beer Competition

San Diego, CA — April 22nd, 2016 The annual Los Angeles International Beer Competition (LAIBC) took place earlier this month, and Karl Strauss Brewing Company is proud to announce that two of their core beers both won gold medals.


KARL’s New Medal-Winning San Diego-Style IPA Takes California by Storm

San Diego, CA — April 27th, 2016 The brewing team at Karl Strauss spent more than a year fine tuning the recipe for their much anticipated new IPA, Aurora Hoppyalis. The brand was released as a year-round offering in January and immediately saw an unprecedented sales response in craft beer bars across California. In fact, Aurora Hoppyalis has quickly become a highly coveted beer that is now a top selling IPA in many accounts.


Karl Strauss and Amplified Ale Works Collaborate to Improve their Community from Inside the Bars of Pacific Beach

San Diego, CA — March 2nd, 2016 Two local Pacific Beach breweries, Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Amplified Ale Works, have teamed up to brew something special for their neighborhood. The team of brewers just released the second installment of Pathway Ale, an on-going collaboration series to help raise funding for local community project, PB Pathways.


Karl Strauss Celebrates Their 27th Anniversary With A Bourbon Barrel-Aged Double Chocolate Imperial Stout

San Diego, CA — January 28th, 2016  Karl Strauss Brewing Company is celebrating 27 years of brewing craft beer in San Diego since they revolutionized the city’s beer scene with their first brewery back in 1989. In keeping with their yearly tradition, they will honor the occasion with the release of another innovative barrel-aged beer to add to their esteemed Anniversary Series. This year’s edition is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Double Chocolate Imperial Stout that features an abundance of darkly kilned malts and a decadent helping of cocoa nibs with rich layers of smooth toasted oak and warming bourbon.


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Karl Strauss Celebrates the Holidays with Sixth Edition of Their “12 Days” Annual Series

San Diego, CA — December 7th, 2015 Karl Strauss Brewing Company just released the sixth edition of their “12 Days” annual holiday ale series. The series features complex, high alcohol, cellar-friendly beers with names that put a San Diego spin on the classic holiday tune “12 Days of Christmas”.


Karl Strauss Remodels Satellite Brewery Location in Carlsbad

San Diego, CA — November 12, 2015     Karl Strauss Brewing Company is excited to reopen the doors of its Carlsbad satellite brewery and share a new look after a full remodel.  The San Diego brewery originally opened up this North County location back in 1999.


Karl Strauss Brewing Company Releases Two One-of-a-Kind Beers for This Year’s San Diego Beer Week Line-Up

San Diego, CA—  November 6, 2015         Like they do every year for the celebration of San Diego Beer Week, Karl Strauss just released their highly coveted Peanut Butter Cup Porter.  Originally brewed for San Diego Beer Week back in 2012, this unique spin on a classic robust porter was an instant hit and has gone on to inspire other San Diego breweries to release their own peanut butter beers.  KARL’s Peanut Butter Cup Porter has become so popular the brewery has had to triple its production each year for the last three years.


Karl Strauss Brewing Company Celebrates 3 Medal Wins at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival®

San Diego, CA— October 1, 2015— The 2015 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF®) awards ceremony was held in Denver, Colorado last weekend, and the Karl Strauss brewing team proudly headed back to San Diego with 3 medals awarded across a wide range of beer styles – International-Style Pale Ale, South German-Style Hefeweizen, and American-Style Black Ale.


Karl Strauss Team Members Pick Up Over 200 Pounds of Trash From Oceanside City Beach

San Diego, CA— August 27, 2015— Last week over 150 team members from Karl Strauss Brewing Company gathered in Oceanside to participate in its annual beach clean-up with Surfrider Foundation. Since Karl Strauss opened its doors in 1989, the idea of caring for the community and the environment has been one of the company’s core values. “We are a local company operating in coastal cities so it’s important for us to give back and participate in keeping our beaches and ocean clean,” says Matt Rattner, President, Karl Strauss Brewing Company.


Local Homebrewer Gets to Brew Big With Karl Strauss Brewing Company

San Diego, CA – June 4, 2015 – Karl Strauss Brewing Company is excited to announce the winner of its annual Pro-Am (Professional-Amateur) competition. Each year, the San Diego craft beer pioneer invites homebrewers to submit a beer for the opportunity to brew the winning recipe on a commercial scale at one of KARL’s satellite breweries and have that brew entered into the Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am contest.


Karl Strauss Brewing Company's Mosaic Session Ale Is Back And Available Year Round

San Diego, CA— May 28, 2015— Due to overwhelming demand, San Diego’s craft beer pioneer, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, is thrilled to announce the reintroduction and year round availability of its award-winning Mosaic Session Ale, a surprisingly sessionable single-hop beer.


Karl Strauss Brewing Company Kicks Off 'Arts & Amps' Event Series on Saturday, May 30

San Diego, CA – May 15, 2015 – The wait is over — Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Arts & Amps event series kicks off May 30th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the company’s tasting room and beer garden at its main brewery in Pacific Beach. The series provides an outlet to showcase KARL’s special release beers, local musicians and local artists. This first Arts & Amps event features live music by local favorites Blackout Party & Low Volts, work from the local artists of La Jolla’s Thumbprint Gallery and several small batch beers and sour releases from the brewery’s cellar.


Karl Strauss Brewing Company Takes Home Three More Medals at the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition

San Diego, CA— April 27, 2015— San Diego’s craft brewing pioneer Karl Strauss Brewing Company is pleased to announce its plans to build a larger trophy case, after adding another three medals to its already impressive medal count following this week’s 15th annual Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition (LAICBC). The Company medaled in a range of styles— Session Beer, American-Style Sour Ale and South German-Style Hefeweizen, representative of the brewery’s broad portfolio of award-winning brews.


Karl Strauss Celebrates Women in Craft Beer with Scholarship Support and Participation in IWCBD

San Diego, CA – March 6, 2015 – Karl Strauss Brewing Company continues to pioneer craft beer and is proud to help others do the same by furthering their education and involvement in the industry. One way is by joining forces with UC San Diego Extension’s Brewing Certificate Program. This UCSD program offers academic and practical training for entry-level brewing professionals. Beginning in 2014, Karl Strauss began funding a scholarship for the program through its nonprofit Karl Strauss Brewers Education Fund, a fund established to provide support to those pursuing a career in craft beer.

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