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!
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!
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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 &
Stoner Moment by Helix
Hazy Daisy by Dos Desperados
Hopmata, New Damage, Dankness Visible, Banksy &
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 &
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