With more than 1,000 breweries, California is home to more breweries than any other U.S. state. That equates to thousands of really great beers, many of which squared off as part of the first-ever California Craft Brewers Cup competition, which was held as part of September’s California Craft Beer Summit. That industry event is organized by the California Craft Brewers Association, a state trade association that works with independent breweries and regional brewers guilds. The latter coordinated to bring the California Craft Brewers Cup to life as a regional interpretation of the country’s largest annual brewing competition, the Great American Beer Festival. Societe was honored to bring home three medals from the inaugural California Craft Brewers Cup; bronzes for The Debutante in the Trappist-style Ale category, The Pugilist in Classic Dry Irish-style Stout and The Publican in American Pale Ale. Of course, those accolades don’t make the beer taste any better than they did before, but it’s always nice to be recognized and pick up some hardware for doing what we love to the best of our abilities.

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