California Breweries Win Awards at NY International Beer Competition

Here are some outstanding California breweries that won medals at the 2020 New York International Beer Competition (NYIBC).

NYIBC Winners from California in 2020

  • Sufferfest Beer Company (Chico, CA)
    • Silver Medal: Repeat Kolsch
    • Bronze Medal: Head Start Stout
    • Individual Award: California Kolsch Brewery of the Year
  • Knee Deep Brewing Company (Auburn, CA)
    • Gold Medal: Breaking Bud
    • Silver Medal: Oopsie D’hazy
    • Individual Award: California American Style IPA Brewery of the Year
  • Port O’Pints Brewing Co (Crescent City, CA)
    • Gold Medal: Three Sisters
    • Silver Medal: Agate Ale
    • Silver Medal: My Honey’s Brown Ale
    • Individual Award: California Belgian Style Brewery of the Year

About the New York International Beer Competition:

The NYIBC is part of the International Beverage Competition (IBC) series, a unique group of wine, beer, cider and spirits competitions taking place in New York City, Berlin, Melbourne, and Hong Kong annually. The judging panels at all IBC competitions consist entirely of active trade buyers, including sommeliers, cicerones, retail store buyers, distributors, importers, restaurant beverage directors, and more. The organizers of the competition feel that these judges, whose livelihoods rely upon their skill set, truly know what the consumer wants, as they receive on a daily basis the feedback from the consumer of what is good and what will sell. The carefully selected judges taste the products in a blind tasting format, judging the products by both category and price.

From Founder Adam Levy:

“We’re the only international beer competition where all the judges are real trade buyers who are judging the beer by category and actual price. These judges are buyers from the top New York Area liquor stores, restaurants, hotels and more. The beers submitted in 2020 were exceptionally good, and the judges were excited to be able to sample such a wide range of well-executed traditional styles of beer, as well as some more inventive brews from all over the U.S.A. Many of our judges discovered new products that they will be incorporating into their inventories in the coming year.” — Adam Levy

View the full list of 2020 winners, learn more about the judging panel, and find information about submitting products for next year’s competition at In addition to the annual competition series, the IBC also publishes The Alcohol Professor – an online “homeroom” for the beverage trade and the enlightened consumer to learn about all things bibulous. Visit for thoughtful, in-depth articles about wine, beer, spirits, and more.