Breweries making Good Beer are pioneers of local manufacturing, using traditional and creative brewing and fermenting methods to redefine consumer expectations for craftsmanship with their beers. These brewers aim to reshape supply chains and promote responsibility by sourcing ingredients locally and grown without synthetic inputs when possible, practicing resource conservation and supporting local communities. View the full criteria for entry.


Candice Woo is the Founding Editor of Eater in San Diego, a freelance Food and Drink writer and a contributor to DRAFT Magazine. This is her third year chairing the Beer Committee for the Good Food Awards. She was also the food critic for San Diego Magazine and San Diego CityBeat and has written for many local and national publications. Candice is a former leader of Slow Food Urban San Diego and advocates for the local food community while drinking as much sour beer as possible.

Evan Cripe has been a supporter and advocate for the craft beer movement in the Bay Area since moving to San Francisco in 2006. In that time, he has traveled the nation seeking out and sampling the best craft beer has to offer, with a particular fascination with wild fermentation. Evan is currently the beer buyer for The Jug Shop, a beer and wine specialty shop that has been a San Francisco institution for over 50 years, and is also studying to become a Certified Cicerone®.


2017 Committee Members will be posted in June. 


Shane Brogan, Vice President of Merchandising, Williams-Sonoma
Lee Chase, Co-Owner, Blind Lady Ale House & Brewer, Automatic Brewing Company
Yuseff Cherney, COO & Head Brewer, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
Chris Cohen, Author, The Beer Scholar
Pat Fahey, Content Manager, Cicerone® Certification Program
John Holl, Editor, All About Beer Magazine
Arne Johnson, Brewmaster, Marin Brewing Company
Claudia Kuchinski, Hop Farmer, Hops-Meister, LLC
Erika Rietz, Publisher, DRAFT Magazine
Carl Sutton, Owner & Winemaker, Sutton Cellars
William Teague, Chef, Glen’s Garden Market
Dan Watson, Owner & Brewer, Cleophus Quealy Beer Company