Tap It Brewing IPA Awarded Gold Medal at Great American Beer Fest

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San Luis Obispo's own Tap It Brewing Co. took home the first place Gold Medal in the IPA category at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest competition.

At just two years old we are incredibly humbled and proud to bring this National award home to the Central Coast.

San Luis Obispo's own Tap It Brewing Co. took home the first place Gold Medal in the IPA category at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest competition. The young family owned and operated micro-brewery bested 202 other entries in the prestigious American-Style India Pale Ale category.

Founded only two years ago, Tap It Brewing hand crafts an American Pale Ale (APA), an all-American Session Pale Ale (ASA), their new Amber Ale (Ale Camino) and their Gold Medal winning IPA, all at their recently expanded micro-brewery located just South of San Luis Obispo's eclectic downtown area.

"At just two years old we are incredibly humbled and proud to bring this National award home to the Central Coast," said Tap It Brewing Director of Sales Robert Garcia, who continued, "The Great American Beer Fest is the largest commercial competition in the world, so winning this award really puts the beer world on notice that we make some of the finest ales in the country. This win is not just for us but for the Central Coast."

In June of this year, the brewery also took home a first place Gold Medal in the Session Pale category for its ASA American Standard Ale, at the 2012 Los Angeles International Beer Competition at the LA County Fair.

The brewer's Westin Joy explained the rationale behind the flavor profile of their IPA by saying, "We love India Pale Ales, we love hoppy beers. But every time we tried to introduce our friends to it, they would complain that it was bitter. The whole point of this was to create a beer that was very hoppy in flavor and aroma, but still wasn't too bitter. The goal was to create a beer that had the floral and fruity overtones of hops, along with the balancing sweetness of malt."

To celebrate their most recent success with their neighbors along the California Central Coast, Tap Room Director Lauren Friedman has created a special "Hoppy Hour" all week at the brewery's onsite tasting room featuring $1 off pints, $2 off pitchers through Sunday, October 21st. See the company's website at tapitbrewing.com for details and directions.

Tap It Brewing Co., LLC represents San Luis Obispo County's seventh microbrewery. Visit tapitbrewing.com for more information on their beers and upcoming events.

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