Congratulations to all California State Fair Beer Competitors!

With nearly 700 commercial craft breweries in California and 309 competitors in the California State Fair Commercial Craft Beer Competition, craft breweries across California continue to showcase the quality and creativity that form the foundation of this industry.

For four days, 97 judges sampled 39 beer style categories and 1,266 entries. You can see all a list of the winning entries here. Congratulations to the Best of Show winners, category winners and breweries that participated in the 2016 State Fair!

1st Place
Brewery: ol’ Republic Brewery
Entry Name: Dead Canary
Style: Dortmunder Export

2nd Place
Brewery: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Entry Name: Danish Red Lager
Style: Vienna Lager

3rd Place
Brewery: Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Entry Name: Windandsea Wheat
Style: Weizen/Weissbier

The competition is co-sponsored by the Northern California Brewers Guild. Judging panels include respected craft brewers, professional beer judges (Beer Judge Certificate Program) and members of the craft beer industry.

The California State Fair will recognize the top award winning brewers and the Best of Show beers at the gold-medal tasting event on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at Cal Expo.