CA State Fair Commercial Beer Competition Awards

The winners of the California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition have been decided. The California Commercial Beer Competition recognizes the best brewers in California. Only beers brewed and available for sale in California were judged in the competition. More than 400 breweries submitted a record 1,488 beer entries that were judged by 102 certified beer judges. The number of entries makes the California State Fair’s competition the third largest in the country.

The Best of Show was awarded to Flatland Brewing Co’s blonde ale “Pilsner-ish”. This is a big win for the Elk Grove brewery that’s just barely a year old. A complete list of Commercial Beer Competition winners can be found here.

Flatland Brewing Co. will be honored along with the Best of Show winners from the Commercial Wine, Cheese and Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 22 at a press event on the Capitol North Steps. That evening, the winners of those competitions will sample and pour their winning product at Cal Expo during the Best of California Tasting at 6:00 p.m. For ticket information visit

There will be a chance to taste the top brews during the California State Fair. The Best of California Brewfest happens on Saturday, July 22. Discount tickets are on sale for this 21 and older event here. Brewfest starts at 2:00 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 3:00 p.m. for general admission. A VIP ticket gets you 15 samples of beer, general admission receives 10 samples.