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Central Coast breweries get World Beer Cup awards

Central Coast Brewing’s Lucky Day IPA won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia this month. Above, Skyler Oatman of San Luis Obispo mans the Central Coast Brewing booth at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in September.
Central Coast Brewing’s Lucky Day IPA won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia this month. Above, Skyler Oatman of San Luis Obispo mans the Central Coast Brewing booth at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in September. jrobillard@thetribunenews.com

It was a lucky day indeed for Central Coast Brewing at the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia earlier this month. The San Luis Obispo brewery’s Lucky Day IPA won the gold medal in the American-style strong pale ale category.

It was the brewery’s first entrance into the prestigious competition, held every other year as part of the Craft Brewers Conference, and the second big win in recent months for the brewery. Its pale ale Monterey Street won gold at last fall’s Great American Beer Festival.

“The first win put us on the map,” head brewer Brendan Gough said. “This one works to reinforce the buzz. It’s building.”

Central Coast Brewing announced plans in April to build a second location on South Higuera Street.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., which operates a brewery and taproom in Arroyo Grande, also took home World Beer Cup gold.

“I Dunkeled in My Pants,” a giggle-inducing Bavarian dark lager, won top honors in the European-style dark/Muenchner dunkel category.

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