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Entry Registration & Fees

Entry Registration: Entry registration (via online State Fair Commerical Beer Competition website noted below). You must register your entries using this site. All entry fees must be received by Wednesday , May 22, 2019 by 4:00 pm. No extension of the entry date is planned. Official guidelines are also available at

Entry Fees: Registration fees are $50.00 per entry. Payment must be via check, money order or PayPal. NO CASH ACCEPTED FOR ENTRIES. Do Not send Payments with Entries. Brewers must use online registration. Payment must be received in advance by the date above per one of the following methods:

  • PayPal– Using online California State Fair Commerical Beer Competition website (this site). Additional PayPal processing fees may apply. Before midnight May 22, 2019;
  • Check or money order payable to California State Fair, ATTN: Commercial Beer Competition,1600 Exposition Blvd.
    Sacramento, CA 95815. Mail must be postmarked no later than May 22, 2019.

Checks and money orders must be accompanied by a list of entry numbers for identification of the sender. For any entries that are registered but not submitted, PLEASE notify the competition organizers immediately after the entry deadline. Refunds are available for those that miss the entry deadline and notify the organizers prior to the start of judging.

General Information

Additional Information: Should there be any need for additional information not found in the guide, please email

Revisions: Guide is sent out in advance and therefore may be subject to revision or change.
Mailing List and Notification: Although we try to keep mailing lists current, we cannot be held responsible for any individual or company that is not notified or contacted.

Brewers must be:

Official residents of California

The brewery must hold a valid commercial brewing license and

Brewers must be at least 21 years of age.

Persons submitting an entry must have a direct association with the brewing of the entry, being a brewer, owner, or management. Distributors are not considered directly related to the production of beer and may only submit entries in the names of their clients, with their clients’ approval.

Contract brews may only be entered by the brewery which produced them.

Entrants or their qualified representative may participate in the judging on any panel they are not entered.

Eligible: At least 51% of the fermentable carbohydrates must be derived from malted grains. Beverages made with malt substitutes, honey, fruit or fruit juices, or anything other than malted grains as the majority of fermentable sugars are not eligible to participate.

Not eligible: Mead, cider, spirits, hard soda, hard water, and flavored malt beverages including kombucha and most shandies and radlers are not eligible to be entered in the State Fair competition.

No single brewing location nor a group that owns multiple breweries may enter more than a total of 20 beers combined

A beer brand may not be renamed and entered into multiple categories, however, the same beer brand can be entered into multiple categories. A separate entry fee must be paid for each additional category entered, and the minimum bottle, can, crowler, growler, or keg requirements still apply. Also, you must not exceed the 20 maximum total entry limit.

All judging will be done whenever possible with panels combining qualified judges and commercial brewing peers. Brewers or judges may not judge on panels in which they have a conflict of interest. At least one judge who has been certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program will sit on each judging panel.

Beers will be disqualified for entry requirement infractions. These beers will be judged and will receive evaluations but will be ineligible for awards.

All beers will be decanted prior to presentation to the judges. Kegs will be served off 5’ quarter inch tubing at 10 psi.

Brewers are required to use online registration and payment

Please include with shipment packaging or delivery, a summary of your entries. This can be printed from the online entry submission software.

No late entries will be accepted.

By submitting an entry to this competition the entrant:

  • Asserts that they have legal title to submit the entry.
  • Asserts the beer was brewed in the State and for commercial sale in the State of California.
  • Agrees to provide proof of such availability upon request.
  • Agrees to abide by the herein-stated policy on use of any awards or certificates in advertising.

All breweries that have entered the competition are invited and encouraged to participate in the awards presentation as well as the Best of California Brewfest at the California State Fair on July 20, 2019.


The only allowable use of awards and certificates given by the California State Fair Commercial Craft Brewing Competition for advertising purposes shall be as follows:

  • Any advertising use must clearly state the name and year of the competition, (i.e., Best of California Commercial Craft Brew Competition 2019).
  • Must clearly state the level and category of award, (i.e., Silver Certificate Stouts... 1st Place Light Ales).
  • One Best of Show will be awarded by the judges of the competition; no one else may use the designation “Best of Show” in any advertising using the name of this competition or its awards.
  • The term “Best Beer in California shall not be used in conjunction with any awards made by this competition.

Failure to comply with these guidelines will be a basis for revocation of awards or certificates by organizers and the publication of such revocations to the general public.

Best of Show winner will have winning beer featured in California State Fair Beer Garden. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor will buy beer from the winner and arrange for shipping for entire three weeks of fair.

Submission/receipt of entries (bottles, cans, kegs, crowlers, growlers, etc.) Northern CA: Tuesday, May 20, 2019, to Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (end 4 pm)

Southern CA: Monday, May 6, 2019, to Friday, May 17, 2019. (end 4 pm)

No early or late entries will be accepted. If you paid using PayPal, please include a copy of your receipt with your entries. Do not remove any commercial bottle labels.

Shipping & Hand Delivery

Northern California Drop-off locations:

Commercial Beer Competition
In care of: DBI Beverage Company
Attn: Dave & California State Fair (916) 373-5700 3500 Carlin Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Entries accepted May 20 – 22 ONLY & Hours 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Please note: No late entries will be accepted after 4 pm of May 22, 2019.

Southern California Drop-off locations: San Diego Area

Commercial Beer Competition
San Diego Area – Stone Brewing Co
2865 Executive Place
Escondido, CA 92029

Entries accepted May 6 to May 17 ONLY

Please note: Please contact prior to deliver- ing to the warehouse to schedule an appointment. No late entries will be accepted after May 17, 2019.

Southern California Drop-off locations: Los Angeles Area

Commercial Beer Competition
Angel City Brewery
216 S. Alameda
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Entries accepted May 7th – May 17 ONLY & Hour: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please note: Layton Cutler (Lead Brewer) 347.563.5596 Renee Rubin (Operations) 213.622.1261 x 200 to schedule an appointment.

No late entries will be accepted after May 17, 2019.

For more information, email

Most categories are divided into distinct styles and each beer will be judged as that style. When appropriate, be sure to indicate the style of each beer in the space provided on the entry forms. Entries that do not specify a style on the entry form may be disqualified at the discretion of the Organizing Committee. The Committee reserves the right to modify categories as needed.

Any entry may be submitted in: 12/16/20 ounce bottles/cans with bottle label attached (minimum of 4 bottles/cans per entry) or; 22/24 ounce bottles with label attached (minimum of 4 bottles per entry) or; Crowlers (4 minimum)/Growlers (2 minimum) or; Cornelius Kegs, ball or pin lock (minimum 1 gallon - maximum 5 gallons) or; Sankey Kegs (max 7.5 gallons); disposable/recyclable kegs preferred (5 gallons).


Styles Accepted

* = Additional info required

1A American Light Lager 1B Standard American Lager 1C American Style Malt Liquor
2A International Pale Lager 2B International Amber Lager 2C International Dark Lager
3A Pre-Prohibition Pilsner 3B European-Style Pilsner 3C German-Style Pilsner
4A Czech Pale Lager 4B Czech Dark Lager 5A Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
5B German Leichtbier 5C European-Style Export/Dortmunder 6A Munich-Style Helles
7A Vienna Lager 7B Märzen/Oktoberfestbier 8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier 9A Helles Bock/Maibock 9B Traditional German-Style Bock
10A Doppelbock 10B Eisbock 11A American-Style Cream Ale
12A Kölsch 13A German-Style Altbier 14A California Common
15A Baltic-Style Porter 16A American-Style Wheat Beer 17A Kristal Weizen
17B Hefeweizen 17C Dunkelweizen 17D Weizenbock
18A Berliner-Style Weisse *19A Leipzig-Style Gose *19B Contemporary Gose *
20A Rye beer *20B German-Style Rye Ale 21A Fruit Wheat beer *
21B Fruit & Spice beer *22A Pumpkin Beer *23A Herb & Spice Beer *
24A Honey Beer *25A Coffee Beer *26A Chocolate Beer *
27A Bamberg-Style Rauchbier 27B Smoked Porter 27C Other Smoked Beer *
28A Lichtenhainer 28B Grodziskie 28C Adambier
28D Kentucky Common 28E London Brown Ale 28F Pre-Prohibition Porter
28G Finnish-Style Sahti 29B Blonde or Golden Ale 30A English-Style Mild Ale
30B Ordinary Bitter 30C Special Bitter 30D Extra Special Bitter
31A English-Style Pale Ale 31B English-Style Brown Ale 31C English-Style Porter/Brown Porter
32A Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale 32B Old Ale 32C English Barleywine
32D Other British Strong Ales 33A Scottish Light 33B Scottish Heavy
33C Scottish Export 34A Irish Red Ale 35A Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
36A Foreign Extra Stout 36B Oatmeal Stout 37A Sweet Stout
37B Milk Stout/Cream Stout 37C Tropical Stout 38A American Style Imperial Stout
38B British Style Imperial Stout 39A American Amber Ale 39B American Brown Ale
40A American Porter 40B Robust Porter 40C American Stout
41A American Pale Ale 42A English-Style India Pale Ale 43A American-Style India Pale Ale
44A New England-Style IPA (Hazy IPA) 45A Double IPA 45B Triple IPA
46A Belgian IPA 46B Black IPA 46C Brown IPA
46D Red IPA 46E Rye IPA 46F White IPA
47A American Barleywine 47B Wheatwine Ale 47C Imperial Porter
47D Other American Strong Ales 48A Belgian-Style Witbier 49A Classic Saison
50A Specialty Saison *51A Belgian Table Beer 51B Belgian Blond Ale
51C Belgian Pale Ale 51D Grisette 51E Bière de Garde
51F Other Belgian/French-Style Ales *52A Belgian Pale Strong Ale 52B Belgian Dark Strong Ale
52C Belgian Strong Specialty Ale *53A Trappist Blond/Single/Extra 53B Trappist Dubbel
53C Trappist Tripel 53D Trappist Quadrupel 54A Oud Bruin
54B Flanders Red Ale 54C Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale *55A Lambic
55B Gueuze 55C Fruit Lambic *56A Brett Beer *
56B Mixed Culture Beer *56C Wild Specialty Beer *57A Wood- and Barrel-Aged (stored in barrels previously containing wine, port, or sherry) *
58A Wood- and Barrel-Aged (stored in barrels previously containing distilled spirits i.e. brandy, bourbon, etc) *59A Alternative Grain Beer *59B Alternative Sugar Beer *
60A Experimental Beer *61A Session Beer (beer less than or equal to 5% abv.) *62A Chili Beer *


Judging Locations and Dates

DBI West Sacramento Thursday AM
3500 Carlin Drive West Sacramento, CA 95691
Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:30 AM, PDT

DBI West Sacramento Thursday PM
3500 Carlin Drive West Sacramento, CA 95691
Thursday, June 6, 2019 1:30 PM, PDT

DBI West Sacramento Friday AM
3500 Carlin Drive West Sacramento, CA 95691
Friday, June 7, 2019 9:30 AM, PDT

DBI West Sacramento Friday PM
3500 Carlin Drive West Sacramento, CA 95691
Friday, June 7, 2019 1:30 PM, PDT

DBI West Sacramento Saturday AM
3500 Carlin Drive West Sacramento, CA 95691
Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:30 AM, PDT

DBI West Sacramento Saturday PM
3500 Carlin Drive West Sacramento, CA 95691
Saturday, June 8, 2019 1:30 PM, PDT

DBI West Sacramento Sunday AM
3500 Carlin Drive West Sacramento, CA 95691
Sunday, June 9, 2019 9:30 AM, PDT

DBI West Sacramento Sunday PM
3500 Carlin Drive West Sacramento, CA 95691
Sunday, June 9, 2019 1:30 PM, PDT


Awards Ceremony

Cal Expo
Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:00 PM, PDT