Beer & Cider
Breweries and Cideries making Good Beer and Cider are pioneers of local manufacturing, using traditional and creative brewing and fermenting methods to redefine consumer expectations for craftsmanship with their beer and cider. 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. We recognize that brewing beer and fermenting cider are very different crafts. Cider entries are overseen by our designated Cider Chair, Mike Reis, and will be judged by a separate panel of judges with a cider-specific methodology in transition year while we gather momentum to create a separate cider category. View the full criteria for entry.
Mike Reis is a writer and educator based in Oakland, California heading up the new Cider subcategory. He works spreading the word of better beverages to the state of California as Minister of Education for specialty beer, cider and mead distributor Lime Ventures. Previously, he served as co-director of the beverage programs for the Monk’s Kettle and Abbot’s Cellar restaurants in San Francisco.
Brian Stechschulte is the executive director of the San Francisco Brewers Guild. In this role, Stechschulte is one of the organizers behind SF Beer Week and Brews on the Bay. He also works on events in partnership with artisan food groups, nonprofits, and companies throughout the year, to elevate the status and appreciation for craft beer in San Francisco and beyond. When he’s not planning an event, Stechschulte also spends his time as a documentary photographer within the craft beer community, featuring the people, places, process, and products on All Over Beer.
Candice Woo is the Founding Editor of Eater in San Diego, a freelance Food and Craft Beer writer and a contributor to DRAFT Magazine. This is her second year chairing the Beer Committee for the Good Food Awards. She was 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.
BEER JUDGES FOR THE 2015 AWARDS
Allie Pape, Editor of Eater SF
Arne Johnson, Brewmaster at Marin Brewing Company
Christian DeBenedetti, Author of The Great American Ale Trail & Editorial Director of Weekly Pint
Craig Wathen, Owner of City Beer Store
Evan Wiig, Executive Director of The Farmers Guild
Jeffers Richardson, Director of Barrelworks
Julia Herz, Craft Beer Director of Brewers Association
Mary Guiver, Regional Beer Buyer at Whole Foods Market
Michael O’Brien, Chef at Mikkeller Bar
Nicole Erny, Master Cicerone®
Paul Clarke, Executive Editor at Imbibe Magazine
Shane Brogan, Vice President of Marketing at Williams-Sonoma
CIDER JUDGES FOR THE 2015 AWARDS
Carl Sutton, Founder of Sutton Cellars
Dave McLean, Brewmaster/Owner at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery & Owner of Alembic
Jay Porter, Owner of Salsipuedes & The Half Orange
Ken Weaver, Beer Writer and Author of The Northern California Craft Beer Guide
Marie Davenport, West Coast Representative for Shelton Brothers
Mike Schnebeck, Head Brewer at Mill Valley Beerworks & Fort Point Beer Company
Tom Wark, Proprietor of The Cider Journal, Founder of Wark Communications & Author of Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog
And more to come…