San Diego, CA — May 2018    The 2018 World Beer Cup took place in Nashville, Tennessee this week, held in conjunction with the Craft Brewers Conference.  The highly regarded competition is considered the largest international gathering of beers with more than 8,234 entries this year from 2,515 breweries representing 66 countries.  The competition winners were announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 3rd 2018, and Karl Strauss Brewing Company was awarded a bronze medal in the category of French & Belgian-Style Saison.


The medal-winning Farmhouse is a small batch beer produced at the company’s 4S Ranch satellite brewery in San Diego by Head Brewer Sean Albrecht.  It was brewed in the classic saison style using traditional saison malts and yeast, and features aromas of black pepper and a subtle hoppiness that lingers through a crisp and refreshing finish.


“Winning a medal at any beer competition is exciting, but the World Beer Cup is a whole different ballgame.  When you’re competing against some of the best beers from all over the world, taking home a medal is no small feat and we are incredibly honored,” –Sean Albrecht, Head Brewer, Karl Strauss Brewing Company


The company is also celebrating a fresh gold medal win for their Two Tortugas Belgian Quad earned at the 2018 Los Angeles International Beer Competition earlier this week.  Two Tortugas, first released in 2011 as a one-time holiday brew, has now racked up a total of 5 medals in beer competitions including a silver at the World Beer Cup in 2012, and a bronze at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011.  This cult classic KARL brew was brought back by popular demand after its initial release and now returns regularly as a seasonal favorite in the company’s lineup.


With the addition of these two recent medals the Karl Strauss trophy case now showcases a total of 107 medals, along with the prestigious “Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year” award earned at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016.


The medal-winning Farmhouse will be pouring on draft at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room & Beer Garden in Pacific Beach at their upcoming Arts & Amps event on May 19th.  To learn more about KARL’s lineup of award-winning beers, visit


About Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewing Company has been proudly independent since 1989, pioneering the craft beer scene with innovative beer releases like Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Queen of Tarts Dark Sour, and Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. The brewery has won 107 medals since 2009 and was recently honored with the “Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year” award at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016. For more information, visit or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739. Share it. Cheers.


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