(Sacramento, CA) Winners have been announced for the 2016 California Commercial Beer Competition. With the help of 45 volunteers, 112 judges tasted 1,204 beers submitted by brew masters from across the state. Judging took place June 9 – 12 and named top beers in 35 categories and also Best of Show.
The California Commercial Beer Competition recognizes the best brew masters in California. Only beers brewed and available for sale in California were judged in the competition. Beers are evaluated in numerous different classes and judged based on taste, color and quality.
Many of the top beers will also be featured at the Best of CA Brewfest on Saturday, July 16.
On the last day of judging, the best beers from each category were judged by three nationally-ranked Beer Judge Certification Program judges and two additional brewers. This panel of five selected the Best of Show winner.
BEST OF SHOW
ol’ Republic Brewery
BREWERY OF THE YEAR
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
A complete list of award-winning beers can be found here.
The California State Fair will recognize the top award winners at a special press event on the steps of the State Capitol on June 23 at 10 a.m., along with the Best of Show winners from the Fair’s other well-respected commercial cheese, commercial wine, and extra virgin olive oil competitions. The Best of Show winner is invited to pour their award-winning beer at a special invitation only Best of California tasting reception prior to the annual California State Fair Gala the evening of June 23 at 5:30 p.m.
About the California State Fair
For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State. Cal Expo was dedicated as a place to celebrate California’s achievements, industries, agriculture, diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the State’s future. The 2016 California State Fair will take place July 8-24. Advanced ticket pricing starts at $6 for children, $8 for seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets are available at CAStateFair.org/tickets.