Breweries making Good Beer are pioneers of local manufacturing, using traditional and creative brewing methods to redefine consumer expectations for craftsmanship with their beer. 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 Editor of Eater in San Diego and a freelance Food and Craft Beer writer who has served as the food critic for both San Diego Magazine and San Diego CityBeat and contributed to many local and national publications, including DRAFT Magazine and Edible San Diego. A sour beer enthusiast, Candice centers her travels around craft beer. She is currently an advisor to Slow Food Urban San Diego, where she advocates for the local food community.


Jim Woods founded MateVeza Brewing Company and now co-owns San Francisco’s new Cervecería de MateVeza, an authentic Argentinean beer café located in the Mission.  His own yerba mate infused brew has been making its mark on the Bay Area for years, and the newly opened beer café features several of his unique brews.

Matt Coelho is co-owner of San Francisco’s new Argentine beer café, Cervecería, and a Certified Cicerone®.  He is a bartending veteran and has worked with many renowned institutions such as City Beer Store and Church Key.

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.

Ron Silberstein founder and original brewmaster of ThirstyBear Brewing Company, left the practice of immigration law over 17 years ago to pursue his passion for brewing and open ThirstyBear.  ThirstyBear Brewing Company combines food friendly ales, lagers, Belgian inspired, cask-conditioned, wet hopped, dry-hopped and barrel aged beers with Spanish influenced tapas and paellas.  In 2007, ThirstyBear became San Francisco’s first and only certified organic brewery.

Eric Cripe is a passionate beverage ambassador who believes that great, local craft beer deserves its place on California’s bountiful table. Eric received his Certified Cicerone® in 2009 and has worked for more than 8 years in San Francisco’s vibrant beer scene both as a restaurant consultant and retail buyer. A self professed “foodie”, Eric believes that because beer is food, it deserves the same respect as carefully grown produce and artisan made foodstuff.

Beer Judges

Adam Salomone, Associate Publisher at the Harvard Common Press
Carl Sutton, Founder of Sutton Cellars
Chris Swersey, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup Competition Manager with the Brewers Association
Christian DeBenedetti, Author of the Great American Ale Trail
Daniel Cowells, Lead Bartender at Mikkeller Bar SF
Dave McLean, Brewmaster/Owner at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery & Owner of Alembic
Drew Knobel, Director of Sales and Marketing at Green Leaf
Erika Rietz, Editor in Chief at Draft Magazine
Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Brewery Consultant & Founder at New School Beer Blog
Gwen Conley, Director of Production and Quality Assurance at The Lost Abbey Brewery
Jason Henry, Beer Writer at SF Weekly and The Examiner
Jim Reichardt
, Owner & Founder at Liberty Ducks
Jordan Lancer, Fermentation Bar Host at Healdsburg Shed
Joseph Tucker, Founder of
Ken Weaver, Beer Writer and Author of The Northern California Craft Beer Guide
Norm Stokes, Head Brewer at Firestone Brewery
Pete Balistreri, Regional Head at Tender Greens and Executive Chef at P. Balistreri Salumi
Richie Bradenburg, Director of Culinary Strategy at EDENS
Sean Z. Paxton, Executive Chef and Owner at Home Brew Chef
Steve Sullivan, President & Co-founder of Acme Bread