Happy Brewers Ryan Morrill, Shaun Crowley, Paul Wright (Owner) and Bill Geldreich with the award winning beers Starry Night Stout and Bourboun Barrel-aged Night Sail

Some 185 certified beer judges from eleven countries judged 4,300 beers in a blind tasting format, eventually rewarding this seaside brewery for its efforts with both Gold and Silver Medals for its entries.

In the Foreign-style Stout category, the Gold Medal went to the brewery’s Starry Night Stout. The Starry Night Stout is no stranger to accolades, and is a beer fresh off of a Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup last April. “The staff works all year long to make great beer and it’s a great confirmation that the judges at the GABF think the same way,” says owner and brewer Paul Wright. This year’s Starry Night Stout will be coming in December.

Island Brewing Company’s second medal at this year’s GABF went to the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Night Sail, a Black Ale equal parts hops and roast flavors, aged in a bourbon barrel for six months. “With this win our Bourbon barrel-aged program has been honored at every competition it has entered. Bourbon barrel-aged beers really showcase the full spectrum of what beer is capable of as far as flavor is concerned,’ says Wright.

Santa Barbara County as a whole did extremely well at this year’s GABF, with fellow craft breweries Figueroa Mountain, Hollister Brewing and Telegraph Brewing all winning single or multiple medals.

For more information contact Paul Wright (805)745-8272.


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