Temecula breweries win medals at San Diego International Beer Competition

Two Temecula breweries won medals in the San Diego International Beer Competition.

Refuge Brewery won two silver medals and a bronze medal.  Black Market Brewing Company took home a silver medal.  San Diego International Beer Competition entries were judged in May, and the competition was followed by the San Diego International Beer Festival during the San Diego County Fair.

“We’re excited and honored to have won the awards.  We think the San Diego International Beer Competition is a sophisticated competition,” said Refuge Brewery president and brewmaster Curt Kucera.

“We were real excited about the medal.  It was in a category with some internationally-rated beers,” said Black Market Brewing Company brewmaster and production manager Shaun McBride.

Refuge Brewery earned the silver medals for its Illusion IPA (India Pale Ale) and Refugee Tripel brews, and a bronze medal for the company’s Blood Orange Wit beer.

Illusion IPA is a hybrid Belgian-style ale while Refugee Tripel is a Belgian-style pale strong ale.  Blood Orange Wit uses wheat as well as fresh blood oranges.

“We focus on Belgian-style beers primarily,” Kucera said.

The medals gave Refuge Brewery awards for three of the four beers the company entered in the San Diego International Beer Competition.  (The Shelter 9 IPA was the Refuge Brewery entry which did not earn a medal.)

“Felt really good about that for sure,” Kucera said of winning medals for three of his four beers.

Refuge Brewery has been open for approximately a year and a half.

“We’re a relatively young brewery,” Kucera said.

Kucera has been involved in home brewing for approximately 25 years. He decided to go professional with it recently, he said.

For the past year Stone Brewing Company, which is based in Escondido and is the largest craft brewery in Southern California, has been the distributor for Refuge Brewery’s products.  

“We’re fortunate enough to have them distribute our beers,” Kucera said.

Black Market Brewery won its silver medal for the company’s Quadrophenia beer, which is a Belgian-style quadruple dark ale.  “It’s 11 percent alcohol, one of the stronger types of beers,” McBride said.

Black Market Brewing Company is owned by Kevin Dyer and opened in August 2009.

“We’re excited for the win and look forward to some more winning beers out there,” McBride said.

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