Winners - 2023 California State Fair Homebrew Competition

Table 1: Standard American Beer (15 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stAnnie JohnsonNappy LitghtAmerican Light LagerESB (East Sacramento Brewers)
2ndJordan ReedSchweederson's GoldAmerican LagerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdMichael FrennLil' Rocketman LagerAmerican LagerHAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR

Table 2: International Lager (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stAaron FulghamOn The Main Stage... Amber!International Amber LagerThat Dam Brew Club
2ndTrevor McGuireCervez Por VidaInternational Pale LagerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdJason DavisLutra Libre International Pale LagerBay Area Mashers

Table 3: Czech Lager (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSamuel PersichilliThe WolvesCzech Dark LagerUltra Rare Brewers
2ndJeff CaseBarke At The MoonCzech Premium Pale LagerQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdBrad CainWhen I Was Your AgeCzech Dark LagerSan Francisco Homebrewer's Guild

Table 4: Pale Malty European Lager (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stGeorge RandelsPdq BockHelles BockBrew Angels
2ndNick NguyenUnfiltered German Helles Munich HellesQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdMichael RiddleGo Fest Young ManFestbierHOME

Table 5: Pale Bitter European Beer (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stLogan PrasserCripsetyGerman PilsBay Area Mashers
2ndEli PalmaPantunflaKölschQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdEdward MontgomeryLawnmower PilsnerGerman PilsThat Dam Brew Club
HMMichael FrennPeroni AmaroGerman PilsHAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR

Table 6: Amber Malty European Lager (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJason DavisBamberg NightsRauchbierBay Area Mashers
2ndJosh AkinMarzen San Diego MärzenQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdCraig Corley273 - Vmo #9MärzenPacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 7: Amber Bitter European Beer (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBenjamin FrymarkCtrl + Alt + DeleteAltbierQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndJeffrey MathiowetzOde To Schell's Vienna LagerMaltose Falcons
3rdBrad CainFree AssociationVienna LagerSan Francisco Homebrewer's Guild

Table 8: Dark European Lager (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMichael RiddleMay The Schwarz Be With YouSchwarzbierHOME
2ndEli PalmaNight HarvestMunich DunkelQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdPaul WadeNegative GhostriderSchwarzbierSolano Garage Brewers Brew Club

Table 9: Strong European Beer (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJim RiffeGoddess MoranaEisbock 
2ndEli PalmaDoppelbängerDoppelbockQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdBenjamin FrymarkKrustanatorDoppelbockQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 10: German Wheat Beer (4 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stPaul BrownNow I Rule You TooWeizenbockDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndCristian Romo DiazEl HeffeWeissbier 
3rdCraig Corley285 - Sa-7WeissbierPacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 11: UK/Commonwealth Pale (4 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJeff CaseI'm Not Bitter, You're BitterStrong BitterQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndRobbie ProctorDogs In SpaceAustralian Sparkling AleDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdCarl TownsendEnglish IPAEnglish IPAPacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 12: Brown British Beer (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stAaron LinkerVoodoo Lounge BrownBritish Brown Ale 
2ndDan HeilNot Nutty Brown AleBritish Brown AleGrain Trust
3rdMichael RiddlePurple Egyptian Mild AleDark MildHOME

Table 13: Scottish/Irish Ales (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stCharles KirkClover Irish RedIrish Red AleBrewluminati [CA]
2ndLilly Romo DiazScott Films!Scottish Light 
3rdMichael RiddleGuiness Anyone?Irish StoutHOME

Table 14: Dark British Beer (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJavier AldereteDont Fear The DarkOatmeal StoutDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndKevin HoltThe Black AbyssSweet StoutQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdTrevor McGuireBlack MassForeign Extra StoutDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
HMAlan MaestasSweet MelissaOatmeal StoutBrew Angels

Table 15: Strong British Ale (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSean BushWee'er Than Thou'Wee HeavySociety of Barley Engineers
2ndJim RiffeOwd GawdessOld Ale 
3rdRobbie ProctorGranny's TippleEnglish Barley WineDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 16: Pale American Ale (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stTravis StephensDiablo PaleAmerican Pale AleDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndMatt RichardBlonde AleBlonde AleBig Grainy Triumphant Bastards
3rdStanley RuddellApollo Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale 

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

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSam CastellanoThat Other BrownAmerican Brown AleBrewluminati [CA]
2ndPaul BrownTasty TributeAmerican Brown AleDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdMichael RiddleDowntown BrownAmerican Brown AleHOME

Table 18: American Porter and Stout (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMichael RiddleGordon Doesn't Know EverythingAmerican PorterHOME
2ndMatthew DoylemasonLost Lieutenant American Porter 
3rdJeff RichardRussian Imperial StoutImperial StoutBig Grainy Triumphant Bastards

Table 19: American IPA (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMatthew CarrollAll American IPAAmerican IPAPlacer Ultimate Brewing Society (PUBS)
2ndMichael RiddleIPA BoatloadAmerican IPAHOME
3rdBill TachisIPAAmerican IPA 

Table 20: Specialty IPA (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stLars WrightGoldberry HazyHazy IPA 
2ndAdam ClarkThe One With The HazeHazy IPA 
3rdJohn PratherBack In The StreetsBelgian IPA 

Table 22: Strong American Ale (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stTrevor PerryWhy Don't You Cryo About ItDouble IPA 
2ndEli PalmaDream ChurchDouble IPAQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdDavid AvilaJackhammer DIPADouble IPA 

Table 23: European Sour Ale (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stRobbie ProctorBerliner BobBerliner WeisseDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndJeremy StacyPeche PrineFruit LambicThousand Oaked Homebrewers
3rdPavel AnisimovMember BerriesFruit LambicDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 24: Belgian Ale (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMichael FrennBiere' De GardeBière de GardeHAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR
2ndJavier AldereteChasing Squirrels BwitWitbierDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdBenjamin FrymarkVandelay IndustriesBelgian Pale AleQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
HMDan StonemanGoldie's WitWitbierQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 25: Strong Belgian Ale (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSean GardinierSaiseanSaisonQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndDavid AvilaSleazy SaisonSaison 
3rdCraig Corley284 - Mb22Belgian Blond AlePacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 26: Monastic Ale (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stPeter HowsonLe SanglierBelgian Dark Strong AleQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndCarl TownsendBelgian DubbelBelgian DubbelPacific Gravity Home Brewers Club
3rdBenjamin FrymarkBrother Theodore'sBelgian SingleQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 27: Historical Beer (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stJeff CaseLouisville ChuggerKentucky CommonQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndMichael PiazzoniLouisville KcKentucky CommonThat Dam Brew Club
3rdMichael RiddleFeather In My CapPre-Prohibition LagerHOME

Table 28: American Wild Ale (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stRobbie ProctorSolera Saison With Pinot And Syrah GrapesWild Specialty BeerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndJavier AldereteBear's BloodWild Specialty BeerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdRobbie ProctorSolera SaisonMixed Fermentation Sour BeerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
HMJay PerezBlend 8 - The Clouds Above MeWild Specialty BeerSoCal Cerveceros (SCC)

Table 29: Fruit Beer (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSean O'ConnorWatermelon OaxacaSpecialty Fruit BeerSonoma Beerocrats
2ndJeremy StacyGuavalinerFruit BeerThousand Oaked Homebrewers
3rdEd CastroCitrullus Vulgaris BrewFruit Beer 

Table 30: Spiced Beer (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBill TachisPumpkin Spiced BeerAutumn Seasonal Beer 
2ndMichael FrennChina CampSpice, Herb, or Vegetable BeerHAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR
3rdMichael RiddleChocolate Imperial StoutSpice, Herb, or Vegetable BeerHOME

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

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stEdward MontgomeryIt's Not Pizza, It's BeerExperimental BeerThat Dam Brew Club
2ndMichael FrennSteinbierMixed-Style BeerHAZE; TDBC; PUBS; Nevada County Homebrewers; PBR
3rdMichael RiddleItalian LagerMixed-Style BeerHOME

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

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stEli PalmaFinachiSpecialty Wood-Aged BeerQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndSean BushBaltic State Of MindSpecialty Wood-Aged BeerSociety of Barley Engineers
3rdPat LeonImproper EveningSpecialty Wood-Aged BeerQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
HMBenjamin FrymarkSmokey The BeerClassic Style Smoked BeerQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 33: Cider (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stDavid SerafiniSweetie's CiderNew World Cider 
2ndBud TourvilleApple CiderNew World CiderPUBS
3rdJavier AldereteCherry RainIce CiderDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 34: Traditional Mead (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSteven PhillipsMeadowfoam SessionSemi-Sweet MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndMichael RiddleBlueberry Blossom MeadSemi-Sweet MeadHOME
3rdSteven PhillipsSidetrack O.B. TradDry MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 35: Fruit Mead (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stDan HowellBb KingBerry MeadChico Home Brew Club
2ndDan HowellDixieCyserChico Home Brew Club
3rdPavel AnisimovGo-Ava!MelomelDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)

Table 36: Spiced Mead (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stSteven PhillipsHidromiel De JamaicaSpice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
2ndMichael MonaghanWinter SolsticeFruit and Spice Mead 
3rdSteven PhillipsBatch 4 EliseFruit and Spice MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
HMMichael MonaghanOak And BerryFruit and Spice Mead 

Table 37: Specialty Mead (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMichael RiveraThai Tea MeadExperimental MeadStrand Brewers Club
2ndPavel AnisimovOver-DozeBraggotDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)
3rdSteven PhillipsGrandad's BreakfastExperimental MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE)