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 CA State Fair & Food Festival.
  • 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 2023 Entries Open
June 4, 2023 Entries Close
May 24 – June 4, 2023 Shipping Entries Accepted at Cal Expo
May 24 – June 4, 2023 Angel City Brewery: Southern California Entry Drop-Off Dates
June 2 – June 4, 2023 Cal Expo: Northern California Entry Drop-Off Dates
June 14 – 18, 2023 Judging: Closed Session
June 29, 2023 Winners Announced
July 22, 2023 Best of California Brewfest

Divisions & Classes

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

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