Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the craft beer scene since 1989 with innovative beer releases like Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Two Tortugas Belgian Quad, and Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. We have won 99 medals since 2009 and our Red Trolley Ale is one of the most award-winning beers in the world. For press inquiries please contact Kiersten Winant. Cheers.
Karl Strauss takes home 4 medals and “Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year” honors at the Great American Beer Festival
San Diego, CA — October 9, 2016 Karl Strauss Brewing Company had tremendous success at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (“GABF”), the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. The company won two gold medals, two bronze medals and the coveted “Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year” award for U.S. breweries producing between 15,000 and 6 million barrels of beer per year. Winning a medal at this prestigious competition is no small feat, and winning four medals puts Karl Strauss in a select group of only four U.S. breweries to have won four or more medals at GABF this year. Four medals also means Karl Strauss was the most awarded craft brewery from Southern California at GABF 2016.
San Diego, CA — July 27th, 2016 Karl Strauss Brewing Company will open a new satellite brewery and brewpub in Anaheim next month. Directly across the street from Angel Stadium, this new location expands the brewery’s small batch brewing capability. Equipped with a 7-barrel brewhouse, two fermentation tanks, and three brite tanks, this brewery has the potential to produce more than 35 unique releases of fresh, small batch beer brewed on site. The Anaheim satellite brewery increases the company’s brewing infrastructure to ten brewery locations in southern California, including their main production brewery in Pacific Beach. “We’re excited to expand our small batch program. We give our brewers the freedom to experiment on our satellite systems and it’s proven very helpful in landing our next big release, like Aurora Hoppyalis or Mosaic Session IPA.” –Matt Johnson, Brewmaster, Karl Strauss Brewing Company.
Hillcrest Brewing and Karl Strauss Inspire San Diego Breweries to Support Orlando Victims with “All You Need Is Love” Collaboration Beer Releases
San Diego, CA — July 11th, 2016 In the wake of the recent Orlando tragedy, Hillcrest Brewing Company approached Karl Strauss Brewmaster, Paul Segura, with the idea of brewing a beer to help raise funds for the victims and their families. Within hours, graphics and a recipe were developed for the brew dubbed All You Need Is Love and a call to action was sent out to San Diego brewers encouraging participation in the movement.
San Diego, CA — July 7th, 2016 Karl Strauss Brewing Company is excited to announce the winner of their 2016 Pro-Am (Professional-Amateur) competition. Each year in support of the local homebrewing community, they invite brewers to submit their handcrafted creations for a chance to brew big with KARL and have their beer entered into the Great American Beer Festival.
San Diego, CA — June 28th, 2016 KARL’s impressive medal run continued in June with the brewery picking up medals in regional and international beer competitions. Red Trolley, one of the most decorated craft beers of all time, earned two more medals during the month. The first came from China as the iconic beer won gold at the Shanghai International Beer Festival. Red Trolley went on to win silver in the California Commercial Craft Beer Competition. These two medals take Red Trolley to 22 medals won since the brewery started entering competitions in 2009.
San Diego, CA — June 21st, 2016 Karl Strauss Brewing Company invites you to join them for another summer filled with local art, independent music, and handcrafted beer as they bring their Arts & Amps event series back for a second season. Ever since the company opened their doors in 1989 they’ve been committed to supporting the local community through partnerships with local non-profits, educational scholarship programs, charitable donations, and supporting community-based events. Their Arts & Amps summer series is a way to bring fans and friends together to celebrate the fellow artisans of San Diego’s creative community while providing a platform to showcase a killer line-up of specialty brews.
San Diego, CA — May 24th, 2016 Karl Strauss Brewing Company has proudly accepted the honor of being named Brewery of the Year for 2016 by the California Travel (CalTravel) Association. Each year the association holds an awards ceremony to recognize standout organizations throughout the state that have helped to develop the California tourism brand. Karl Strauss joins an impressive list of previous winners in the Brewery of the Year category that includes Firestone Walker (2015), Russian River (2014), and Sierra Nevada (2013).
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.