The 7th Annual Sore Eye Cup – San Diego’s Best Indie Beer

Welcome to the launch of the 7th Annual Sore Eye Cup, an award for the best, regularly produced indie beer in San Diego!

If you’re familiar with this contest, I hope you’ve noticed you’re on The Indie Beer Show site; I have finally united the search for San Diego’s best indie beer with the podcast! A big shout out of thanks to the other hosts of The Show for being on board with The Cup!

Last year was a resounding success, Treevana from Burgeon Beer Co. took home total victory! That beer, along with the only member of the Sore Eye Cup Hall of Fame, Speedway Stout from AleSmith, are the only two regularly produced, indie beers ineligible for this contest. You guys set even higher records for nominations and votes last year, well done!

Best beer in San Diego

We will honor the winning craft beer with an actual cup! At the announcement party, on August 10th, at The Rabbit Hole, we’ll fill it up with the winning beer and the winning brewery will drink from the cup right then, as is tradition! The winners can then bask in the glory of victory and have bragging rights for an entire year.

Here are the rules: beers nominated must be brewed here in San Diego County by a licensed, independent, craft brewery. They must be beers the brewery makes year round; seasonal, special versions, one offs, nitro versions and casks are not allowed. The beers do not need to be packaged (cans or bottles), just made all year long and available for growler fills (so we can buy some to judge). We’re looking for superior indie beers that are available to everyone in SD.

Nominate your favorite beer(s) by emailing us at Sore Eye Cup, tweet us (@IndieBeerShow), tag your nomination #SoreEyeCup in Twitter, comment on the post in Facebook, or comment right here on this post. Nominations are open from Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 30th at 5pm. Voting down to the 10 finalist beers will happen right here at Indie.Beer , from  July 5th to July 19th at 2pm.

The top ten beers, as voted by you, the best people on earth, will be blind tasted/judged by our panel of exemplary beer people . The judges range from craft beer enthusiasts to certified cicerones. We are truly looking for the best, regularly produced indie beer San Diego has to offer. The best craft beer, as chosen by us, will be awarded the esteemed Sore Eye Cup and receive all the prestige and glory we can bestow upon a brewery!

A giant shout out to the returning Sore Eye Cup sponsor, Tap Craft! Remember to contact Tap Craft for all your draft system supply, installation, and maintenance needs!

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Current nominated beers!:

Uncle Pat’s by Bitter Brothers

Needle in the Hey! by Thr3e Punk Ales

Lil Dipa by Mission

My Trusty Lama &
Blue lake Brown by 13 Point

Stoner Moment by Helix

Hazy Daisy by Dos Desperados

Hopmata, New Damage, Dankness Visible, Banksy &
Normcore by Burning Beard

Surf Zombie by Beach Grease

Dawn of the Deft & Double Deft Secret by Deft

Clever Kiwi by Burgeon (current, reigning champion!)

Special Pils & .394 by AleSmith

Legally Red, Clever Hoppy Name, Tabula Rasa & Mulligan by Second Chance 

Swami’s & Ponto by Pizza Port

Islander by Coronado

Papa Shaka by Papa Marce’s Cerveceria

Plenty For All by Fall

Milagro by Pure Project

Hop Cloud & Grapefruit Solis by Hess

Sharks with Lasers by Home Brewing Co.

Relay IPA by Thorn

Zumbar & Pure & Simple by New English

Devotion by Lost Abbey

Schlock Purist by Original 40

Boss Pour by Abnormal

Hop Fu! & Bird Park by North Park

The Heiress, The Coachman, The Pupil & The Harlot by Societe

Lebron Haze, Dank Drank &
Smylex by Pariah

Aurora Hoppyalis by Karl Strauss

Ice, Orderville & Blazing World by Modern Times

Red Tide Ryesing & June Gloom by Gravity Heights

Hopcondido by Escondido 

Goofy Regular by Duck Foot

Electric Youth, Prince of Zamunda, & Dream Trails by Thunderhawk

Digital Bath by Belching Beaver

Vice Pink Guava, Prince of Dankness & Hipster Latte by Wild Barrel

Endo, Bonkeur Mosaic Pale & Domestique by Rouleur

Bear Cookie by Bear Roots

First Date by Groundswell

Alpha Chief by Indian Joe

Electrocution by Amplified

Windy Hill by Mikkeller

Tropic of Thunder by Stone Brewing

Jambi by Mason

Chasing Citra by Resident

Five Finger Discount & Space Oasis (Intergalactic) by 2 Kids

Mongo by Port

32 thoughts on “The 7th Annual Sore Eye Cup – San Diego’s Best Indie Beer”

    1. Thanks, it’s on the list! Starting on July 5th we vote down to 10 finalists, those 10 final beers are judged against each other to determine the winner. Come back daily, starting July 5th to vote!

  1. The Maibock at Eppig is my go to Sunday beer.
    (also, Eppig’s tasting room in Point Loma is a great place to drink a beer.)

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