California Commercial Craft Beer

In this competition, California craft brews are professionally judged in order to recognize the best commercially brewed beers in California. Judges are selected by a BJCP Grand Master Judge and other respected craft beer industry professionals.

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Award winning benefits include:

  • Top awards are featured in the Best of California Magazine
  • Best of Show beer will be purchased and featured in the beer garden for the entire run of the California State Fair.
  • Invitation to attend the Brewmaster Award Luncheon.
  • Invitation to serve at the Best of California Brewfest at the California State Fair.

How to Enter

Competition Dates

Dates Details
April 1 Entries Open
May 12 Entries Close: Nor-Cal & So-Cal
May 1 – May 12 Shipping Entries Accepted at Cal Expo
May 1 – May 5 Angel City Brewery: Southern California Entry Drop-Off Dates
May 10 – May 12 Cal Expo: Northern California Entry Drop-Off Dates
May 16 – May 19 Judging: Closed Session
May 27 Winners Announced/Scoresheets Posted Online
May 30 Kegs Available for Pickup
TBA Brewmaster Awards Luncheon & Best of California Brewfest

Divisions & Classes

Please see the guide for a full list of divisions and classes.

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