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Sour Ale ‘Lickable Staves’ makes it to Best of Show at San Diego International Beer Festival

Released: June 17, 2017

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BOS winners Curtis and Liz Chism, owners of Council Brewing Magic Factory

DEL MAR, Ca. (June 17, 2017) — Council Brewing Magic Factory’s Lickable Staves has been announced as Best of Show in the 11th Annual San Diego International Beer Competition . This brew will be the highlight at one the top 10 Beer Festivals in the country. SDIBF is part of the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons. Council Brewing Magic Factory, based in San Diego describes its winner as an American Sour Red Ale, aged in red wine barrels with Balaton Cherries. The ale has intense flavors of tart cherry pie, Nike Factory Outletbaking spices, red wine and soft oak tannins.

In addition, AleSmith Brewing of San Diego was named as the Champion Brewery, and Redstone Meadery of Boulder, Colorado took honors as Champion Meadery.

The Festival on June 16-18, will highlight breweries from the Competition at the Del Mar Arena. This year’s winners were selected from 1,564 entries, which came from 20 countries and 23 states. Tickets to the Festival include admission to the Fair for the day.

Judging was held April 21-23, where gold, silver and bronze awards were bestowed upon 168 brews from around the world at the San Diego International Beer Competition, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California. Visit here for full results.

Last year, more than 10,000 beer lovers attended the Festival for five tasting sessions, and sampled from hundreds of varieties of ale, cider, porter, stout, mead and more. Hundreds of different beers will be served at the Festival, and more than 50 vendors will feature beer-related items, like custom growlers, and so much more.

Sessions remaining include:
SESSION 4: Saturday, June 17 (4 to 8 p.m.) $65
SESSION 5: Sunday, June 18 (noon to 5 p.m.) $55
For the true craft beer enthusiast, the VIP Lounge at $110 includes Fair admission and half-hour early admission to the Festival, VIP Lounge seating, five food and beer pairing stations, unlimited grazing for the first two hours of the session and a 6-oz. souvenir glass to taste unlimited samplings of 300+ beers. Designated Driver/VIP Lounge: $65 includes Fair admission, all of the bells and whistles of the regular VIP experience, but without the beer.
Beer Stage Demos: The Educational Beer Stage will feature three seminars (with samples) per session, hosted by breweries, educators and food purveyors.
Special Release Beers: Rare brews will be tapped at various times throughout the festival and poured until the barrel runs dry. Mike Hess Brewing will be on hand to pour Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA — specially brewed for the 2017 San Diego County Fair.
Expanded VIP Lounge: A larger lounge space will include games, early admission, Mancraft Corner and five feature craft food and beer pairing stations and more.
Into the Sunset Pavilion: play a little with life-size games and enjoy the rustic furniture. Fun contests will take place hourly like: Best Beerd Contest, Best Pretzel Necklace Contest and Best Beer Belly Contest.

About The San Diego International Beer Competition & Festival

The San Diego International Beer Competition & Festival is produced by the 22nd District Agricultural Association in conjunction with the San Diego County Fair; 2017 marks the 11th year of competition and festival. The international competition is open to any licensed brewery, brewpub or meadery. The Festival is open to the public, it features competition breweries, and is held during the annual San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, the largest county fair in the United States, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
(858)-755-1161 ext 2573
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