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Thanks to all who participated in the 2023 California State Fair Homebrew Competition.

There were 291 entries judged and 124 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMichael FrennBiere' De Garde24C: Bière de GardeHAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR

Club of the Year (26 Participating Clubs)

PlaceClub1st2nd3rdScore
1stDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)779102.00

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

Winning Entries

Table 1: Standard American Beer (15 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stAnnie JohnsonNappy Litght1A: American Light LagerESB (East Sacramento Brewers)
2ndJordan ReedSchweederson's Gold1B: American LagerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdMichael FrennLil' Rocketman Lager1B: American LagerHAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR

Table 2: International Lager (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stAaron Fulgham
Co-Brewer: Blake Fulgham
On The Main Stage... Amber!2B: International Amber LagerThat Dam Brew Club
2ndTrevor McGuireCervez Por Vida2A: International Pale LagerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdJason DavisLutra Libre 2A: International Pale LagerBay Area Mashers

Table 3: Czech Lager (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stSamuel Persichilli
Co-Brewer: Dominique Scott
The Wolves3D: Czech Dark LagerUltra Rare Brewers
2ndJeff Case
Co-Brewer: Ben Frymark
Barke At The Moon3B: Czech Premium Pale LagerQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdBrad CainWhen I Was Your Age3D: Czech Dark LagerSan Francisco Homebrewer's Guild

Table 4: Pale Malty European Lager (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stGeorge RandelsPdq Bock4C: Helles BockBrew Angels
2ndNick NguyenUnfiltered German Helles 4A: Munich HellesQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Go Fest Young Man4B: FestbierHOME

Table 5: Pale Bitter European Beer (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stLogan PrasserCripsety5D: German PilsBay Area Mashers
2ndEli PalmaPantunfla5B: KölschQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdEdward MontgomeryLawnmower Pilsner5D: German PilsThat Dam Brew Club
HMMichael FrennPeroni Amaro5D: German PilsHAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR

Table 6: Amber Malty European Lager (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJason DavisBamberg Nights6B: RauchbierBay Area Mashers
2ndJosh AkinMarzen San Diego 6A: MärzenQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdCraig Corley273 - Vmo #96A: MärzenPacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 7: Amber Bitter European Beer (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBenjamin FrymarkCtrl + Alt + Delete7B: AltbierQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndJeffrey MathiowetzOde To Schell's 7A: Vienna LagerMaltose Falcons
3rdBrad CainFree Association7A: Vienna LagerSan Francisco Homebrewer's Guild

Table 8: Dark European Lager (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
May The Schwarz Be With You8B: SchwarzbierHOME
2ndEli PalmaNight Harvest8A: Munich DunkelQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdPaul WadeNegative Ghostrider8B: SchwarzbierSolano Garage Brewers Brew Club

Table 9: Strong European Beer (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJim RiffeGoddess Morana9B: Eisbock
2ndEli PalmaDoppelbänger9A: Doppelbock QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdBenjamin FrymarkKrustanator9A: Doppelbock QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 10: German Wheat Beer (4 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stPaul BrownNow I Rule You Too10C: Weizenbock Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndCristian Romo DiazEl Heffe10A: Weissbier
3rdCraig Corley285 - Sa-710A: WeissbierPacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 11: UK/Commonwealth Pale (4 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJeff CaseI'm Not Bitter, You're Bitter11C: Strong BitterQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndRobbie Proctor
Co-Brewer: Paul Brown Joe Matteo
Dogs In Space12B: Australian Sparkling AleDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdCarl TownsendEnglish IPA12C: English IPAPacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 12: Brown British Beer (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stAaron LinkerVoodoo Lounge Brown13B: British Brown Ale
2ndDan Heil
Co-Brewer: Pete Pressley
Not Nutty Brown Ale13B: British Brown AleGrain Trust
3rdMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle And Dan Kent
Purple Egyptian Mild Ale13A: Dark MildHOME

Table 13: Scottish/Irish Ales (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stCharles KirkClover Irish Red15A: Irish Red AleBrewluminati [CA]
2ndLilly Romo DiazScott Films!14A: Scottish Light
3rdMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Guiness Anyone?15B: Irish StoutHOME

Table 14: Dark British Beer (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJavier AldereteDont Fear The Dark16B: Oatmeal StoutDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndKevin Holt
Co-Brewer: Brandon Holt
The Black Abyss16A: Sweet StoutQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdTrevor McGuireBlack Mass16D: Foreign Extra StoutDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
HMAlan MaestasSweet Melissa16B: Oatmeal StoutBrew Angels

Table 15: Strong British Ale (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stSean BushWee'er Than Thou'17C: Wee HeavySociety of Barley Engineers
2ndJim RiffeOwd Gawdess17B: Old Ale
3rdRobbie ProctorGranny's Tipple17D: English Barley WineDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 16: Pale American Ale (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stTravis Stephens
Co-Brewer: John Jones
Diablo Pale18B: American Pale AleDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndMatt RichardBlonde Ale18A: Blonde AleBig Grainy Triumphant Bastards
3rdStanley Ruddell
Co-Brewer: Eric Bauer
Apollo Pale Ale18B: American Pale Ale

Table 17: Amber and Brown American Beer (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stSam CastellanoThat Other Brown19C: American Brown AleBrewluminati [CA]
2ndPaul BrownTasty Tribute19C: American Brown AleDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Downtown Brown19C: American Brown AleHOME

Table 18: American Porter and Stout (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Gordon Doesn't Know Everything20A: American PorterHOME
2ndMatthew Doylemason
Co-Brewer: Heather Hill
Lost Lieutenant 20A: American Porter
3rdJeff RichardRussian Imperial Stout20C: Imperial StoutBig Grainy Triumphant Bastards

Table 19: American IPA (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMatthew CarrollAll American IPA21A: American IPAPlacer Ultimate Brewing Society (PUBS)
2ndMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
IPA Boatload21A: American IPAHOME
3rdBill TachisIPA21A: American IPA

Table 20: Specialty IPA (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stLars WrightGoldberry Hazy21C: Hazy IPA
2ndAdam ClarkThe One With The Haze21C: Hazy IPA
3rdJohn Prather
Co-Brewer: Landon Schadel
Back In The Streets21B1: Belgian IPA

Table 22: Strong American Ale (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stTrevor Perry
Co-Brewer: Jeff Kohl
Why Don't You Cryo About It22A: Double IPA
2ndEli PalmaDream Church22A: Double IPAQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdDavid AvilaJackhammer DIPA22A: Double IPA

Table 23: European Sour Ale (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stRobbie Proctor
Co-Brewer: Brett Higham
Berliner Bob23A: Berliner WeisseDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndJeremy StacyPeche Prine23F: Fruit Lambic Thousand Oaked Homebrewers
3rdPavel AnisimovMember Berries23F: Fruit Lambic Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 24: Belgian Ale (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMichael FrennBiere' De Garde24C: Bière de Garde HAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR
2ndJavier AldereteChasing Squirrels Bwit24A: WitbierDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdBenjamin FrymarkVandelay Industries24B: Belgian Pale AleQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
HMDan StonemanGoldie's Wit24A: WitbierQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 25: Strong Belgian Ale (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stSean Gardinier
Co-Brewer: Paul Rubens
Saisean25B: Saison QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndDavid AvilaSleazy Saison25B: Saison
3rdCraig Corley284 - Mb2225A: Belgian Blond AlePacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 26: Monastic Ale (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stPeter HowsonLe Sanglier26D: Belgian Dark Strong AleQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndCarl TownsendBelgian Dubbel26B: Belgian DubbelPacific Gravity Home Brewers Club
3rdBenjamin FrymarkBrother Theodore's26A: Belgian SingleQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 27: Historical Beer (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJeff CaseLouisville Chugger27A2: Kentucky CommonQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndMichael Piazzoni
Co-Brewer: Greg Cederstrom
Louisville Kc27A2: Kentucky CommonThat Dam Brew Club
3rdMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Feather In My Cap27A6: Pre-Prohibition LagerHOME

Table 28: American Wild Ale (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stRobbie ProctorSolera Saison With Pinot And Syrah Grapes28C: Wild Specialty Beer Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndJavier AldereteBear's Blood28C: Wild Specialty Beer Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdRobbie Proctor
Co-Brewer: Brett Higham
Solera Saison28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
HMJay PerezBlend 8 - The Clouds Above Me28C: Wild Specialty Beer SoCal Cerveceros (SCC)

Table 29: Fruit Beer (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stSean O'ConnorWatermelon Oaxaca29C: Specialty Fruit Beer Sonoma Beerocrats
2ndJeremy Stacy
Co-Brewer: Cori Stacy
Guavaliner29A: Fruit Beer Thousand Oaked Homebrewers
3rdEd CastroCitrullus Vulgaris Brew29A: Fruit Beer

Table 30: Spiced Beer (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBill TachisPumpkin Spiced Beer30B: Autumn Seasonal Beer
2ndMichael FrennChina Camp30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer HAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR
3rdMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Chocolate Imperial Stout30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer HOME

Table 31: Mixed Style/Experimental/Alternative Sugar (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stEdward MontgomeryIt's Not Pizza, It's Beer34C: Experimental Beer That Dam Brew Club
2ndMichael FrennSteinbier34B: Mixed-Style Beer HAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR
3rdMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Italian Lager34B: Mixed-Style Beer HOME

Table 32: Smoked/Wood-Aged (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stEli PalmaFinachi33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndSean BushBaltic State Of Mind33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer Society of Barley Engineers
3rdPat LeonImproper Evening33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
HMBenjamin Frymark
Co-Brewer: Jeff Case
Smokey The Beer32A: Classic Style Smoked Beer QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 33: Cider (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stDavid SerafiniSweetie's CiderC1A: New World Cider
2ndBud TourvilleApple CiderC1A: New World CiderPUBS
3rdJavier AldereteCherry RainC2D: Ice Cider Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 34: Traditional Mead (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stSteven PhillipsMeadowfoam SessionM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Blueberry Blossom MeadM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadHOME
3rdSteven PhillipsSidetrack O.B. TradM1A: Dry MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 35: Fruit Mead (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stDan Howell
Co-Brewer: Tracy Howell
Bb KingM2C: Berry Mead Chico Home Brew Club
2ndDan Howell
Co-Brewer: Tracy Howell
DixieM2A: CyserChico Home Brew Club
3rdPavel AnisimovGo-Ava!M2E: Melomel Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 36: Spiced Mead (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stSteven PhillipsHidromiel De JamaicaM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndMichael MonaghanWinter SolsticeM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead
3rdSteven PhillipsBatch 4 EliseM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
HMMichael MonaghanOak And BerryM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead

Table 37: Specialty Mead (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMichael RiveraThai Tea MeadM4C: Experimental Mead Strand Brewers Club
2ndPavel AnisimovOver-DozeM4A: BraggotDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdSteven PhillipsGrandad's BreakfastM4C: Experimental Mead Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)