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Thanks to all who participated in the 2020 California State Fair Homebrew Competition.

There were 647 entries judged and 265 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stBrian Rower
Co-Brewer: Amber Rower
This Beer Is Bananas!10A: Weissbier

Best of Show – Mead

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Blueberry Blossom MeadM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadHOME

Best Club of Show (46 Participating Clubs)

PlaceClub1st2nd3rdScore
1stDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]1111762.00

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 (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJim RiffeCagey1B: American Lager
2ndJim RiffeLost In Taste1A: American Light Lager
3rdOscar Lemus Drink Now, Smile Later 1B: American Lager831Locos

Table 2: International Lager (16 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stNick WilsonLager2A: International Pale LagerQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndPaul BrownDarkness Imprisoning Me2C: International Dark LagerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdJim RiffeBlack Blade2C: International Dark Lager

Table 3: Czech Lager (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJosh Baas
Co-Brewer: Jeff Rorison
It's A Pilsner3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
2ndJonathan HernandezBoogie's Pils3A: Czech Pale LagerBakerfield FOAM
3rdTrevor McGuireTmavy Lezak3D: Czech Dark LagerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]

Table 4: Pale Malty European Lager (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stThomas AtkinsonSkyler4A: Munich Helles
2ndVirgil RedmanBatch 3014B: Festbier
3rdGeorge Schuster
Co-Brewer: Jordan Germyn
Helles 4A: Munich Helles

Table 5: Pale Bitter European Beer (18 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stAndrew SimsakInner Sunshine5C: German ExportbierSan Francisco Homebrewer's Guild
2ndTj ShivelySwingshift5B: Kolsch
3rdAndrew SimsakAtmospheric River5D: German PilsSan Francisco Homebrewer's Guild

Table 6: European Amber (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJim RiffeBierbauch6A: Marzen
2ndMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Here's Looking At You, Kid6C: Dunkels BockHOME
3rdChester SimockoMarzen6A: MarzenSilicon Valley Sudzers

Table 8: Dark European Lager (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stTerrell HillardMunchausen's Moustache8A: Munich DunkelDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndVirgil RedmanBatch 3098B: Schwarzbier
3rdBryce HunterSchwarzbier8B: SchwarzbierQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 9: Strong European Beer (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stTj ShivelyPiper's Got Pipes!9A: Doppelbock
2ndBrett Higham
Co-Brewer: Hirendu Vaishnav
Hirendu's Previous Doppelbock Was Better9A: Doppelbock Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdGordon MaugerFor Tim O.9A: Doppelbock Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]

Table 10: German Wheat Beer (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBrian Rower
Co-Brewer: Amber Rower
This Beer Is Bananas!10A: Weissbier
2ndChristopher WeissRabenweizen10B: Dunkels WeissbierGreenbelt Brewers Association
3rdDavid AvilaHammer Down Dunkel10B: Dunkels Weissbier

Table 11: British Bitter (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stNick WilsonEsb11C: Strong BitterQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndChris PapazianBb8.211B: Best Bitter
3rdBen SookyingBig Ben Strong11C: Strong BitterBrew Knights [CA]

Table 12: Pale Commonwealth Beer (9 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBrent Hull
Co-Brewer: Paul Buller
Ariel 112A: English Golden AleFairfield Fermentors Brew Club
2ndJustin ClaydenGondwana Sparkling12B: Australian Sparkling Ale
3rdMichael StanishGolden Bitter12A: English Golden Ale

Table 13: Brown British Beer (13 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMike SilvaMild Mannered13A: Dark MildDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndDavid JacobyAiming Fluid13A: Dark MildDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdFred Brophy
Co-Brewer: Paul Duddles
Naughty Boy13B: English Brown AleMash Heads

Table 14: Scottish and Irish (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBen SookyingHappy St. Pappy15A: Irish Red AleBrew Knights [CA]
2ndJared RowleyDublin Dry Irish Stout15B: Irish StoutQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdJohn OrcuttRed Alert15A: Irish Red AleBrewins

Table 16: Dark British Beer (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJason Justeson
Co-Brewer: Ralph Carrasquillo, Gabe Padilla
Sweeeeet!16A: Sweet StoutBrewing Borrachos
2ndRoland MontgomeryHotz Oats16B: Oatmeal StoutThe Brü Club
3rdEli PalmaWhy Are You Hitting Yourself16D: Foreign Extra StoutQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)

Table 17: Strong British Ale (15 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stKenneth BerryThe Older I Get17B: Old AleHumboldt Homebrewers
2ndJim RiffeBarry Bez17C: Wee Heavy
3rdRobbie ProctorGranny’s Tipple17D: English BarleywineDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]

Table 18: Pale American Ale (22 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMatt MillerThe Beer Dreams From the Tap18B: American Pale AleGreenbelt Brewers Association
2ndBrent Hull
Co-Brewer: Paul Buller
Hopthology18B: American Pale AleFairfield Fermentors Brew Club
3rdMike NeiceMike's Pale Ale18B: American Pale AlePhantom Homebrew

Table 19: Amber and Brown American Beer (18 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stGordon MaugerTime To Rake Leaves19C: American Brown AleDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndMike DurrantBrown Otter Ale19C: American Brown AleMASH831
3rdBen SookyingHappy In Common19B: California CommonBrew Knights [CA]

Table 20: American Porter and Stout (41 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Tricentennial Stout20C: Imperial StoutHOME
2ndJared Rowley
Co-Brewer: Chris Swanson
Star Destroyer Stout20B: American StoutQUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
3rdKenneth BerryRobust Rye Porter20A: American PorterHumboldt Homebrewers

Table 21: American IPA (34 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stCraig Nolan
Co-Brewer: Ken Hendrix
Shut Out IPA21A: American IPA
2ndMike NeicePiggy Can't See21A: American IPAPhantom Homebrew
3rdSean BushJust Clowning IPA21A: American IPASociety of Barley Engineers

Table 22: Strong American Ale (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stRobert RimarDouble Duchesses22A: Double IPA
2ndMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Wheatwine22D: WheatwineHOME
3rdSteven PadfieldLiability Waiver22A: Double IPA

Table 23: European Sour Ale (17 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBrett Higham
Co-Brewer: Kyle Busald
Inca Gueuze(r)23E: GueuzeDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndVito DelucchiEast Heather23F: Fruit Lambic Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdBrett HighamOdotelik Flanders 201723B: Flanders Red AleDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]

Table 24: Belgian Ale (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMatthew CarrollBelgian Wit24A: WitbierPlacer Ultimate Brewing Society (PUBS)
2ndRobert CaseyBelgian Pale Ale24B: Belgian Pale AleMarin Society of Homebrewers (MaSH)
3rdMarcos SantannaWit's End24A: Witbier

Table 25: Strong Belgian Ale (22 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJoshua AdamsBelgian Blonde25A: Belgian Blond Ale
2ndRobert CaseyBelgian Saison25B: Saison Marin Society of Homebrewers (MaSH)
3rdJosh Baas
Co-Brewer: Jeff Rorison
Golden Strong Boi25C: Belgian Golden Strong Ale

Table 26: Trappist Ale (22 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJosh Baas
Co-Brewer: Jeff Rorison
Ultimate Alf26D: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
2ndJosh BaasBaby Alf26B: Belgian Dubbel
3rdKenneth BerryDevil On the Dark Horizon26D: Belgian Dark Strong AleHumboldt Homebrewers

Table 27: Historical (10 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stEric RuffRhb Gose27A1: GoseDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndJavier Alderete
Co-Brewer: Steve Samoulides And Damien Clauson
What Do You Mean By Light Beer27A7: Pre-Prohibition LagerDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdMichael LenharesLong Rifle Ale27A6: Kentucky Common

Table 28: American Wild Ale (21 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stVito DelucchiFaux'foune28C: Wild Specialty Beer Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndEdward DemayoXlii Forty Two28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer Marin Society of Homebrewers (MaSH)
3rdEdward DemayoMostly Harmless28C: Wild Specialty Beer Marin Society of Homebrewers (MaSH)

Table 29: Fruit Beer (22 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stBrett WinquestApricot Saison29A: Fruit Beer Levee Road Brewing
2ndJavier Alderete
Co-Brewer: Brett Higham
You Fruity Imperialist 29C: Speciality Fruit Beer Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdBrandi FlanaganPop! Berliner Weisse29A: Fruit Beer Undecided Homebrew Club

Table 30: Spiced Beer (31 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stVito DelucchiThiccc Mint30C: Winter Seasonal Beer Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndMark AganPaisanos Coffee Stout30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
3rdPaul BrownTaste Me You Will See30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]

Table 31: Specialty & Alternative Fermentables (11 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stChristos Renner
Co-Brewer: John Stumph
Gypsie In the Woods34C: Experimental Beer QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndMichael SkeltonOchre Skelter31B: Alternative Sugar Beer
3rdCarl TownsendGluten Reduced Pale Ale31A: Alternative Grain Beer Pacific Gravity Home Brewers Club

Table 32: Smoked Beer (8 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJason SaternO-Smo-Po32B: Specialty Smoked Beer Sonoma Beerocrats
2ndPaul BrownYour Life Burns Faster32A: Classic Style Smoked Beer Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdBill Benson
Co-Brewer: Roger Dunham
Big Wood Porter32B: Specialty Smoked Beer Fairfield Fermentors Brew Club

Table 33: Wood Beer (22 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stEli PalmaThe Monchichi 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity)
2ndMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer HOME
3rdThomas KwasniewskiMotor Oil33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

Table 35: Standard Cider and Perry (20 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stRobbie ProctorRuddy PommesC1B: English CiderDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndHirendu VaishnavMariposa EnglishC1B: English CiderDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdBrett WinquestApple CiderC1A: New World CiderLevee Road Brewing

Table 36: Specialty Cider and Perry (19 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stPavel AnisimovSpecialty Cider Is Very Complicated Category... You Never Know What To Expect.C2F: Specialty Cider/Perry Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndTim O'BrienPlumtasticC2F: Specialty Cider/Perry
3rdBruce WilsonRedrumC2D: Ice Cider Maltose Falcons

Table 37: Traditional Mead (12 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Blueberry Blossom MeadM1B: Semi-Sweet MeadHOME
2ndRyan JonesBlackberry Honey Session MeadM1B: Semi-Sweet Mead
3rdHirendu VaishnavSweet Raspberry BlossomM1C: Sweet MeadDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]

Table 38: Fruit Mead (20 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stPavel AnisimovWhere Do Bugs Go To Watch The Big Game? Apple-Bees. M2A: CyserDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndPavel AnisimovHow Many Cherries Can You Fit In One Bottle? 72. I Had To Count That.M2D: Stone Fruit Mead Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdMichael Riddle
Co-Brewer: Alex Riddle
Cherry MeadM2D: Stone Fruit Mead HOME

Table 39: Spiced Mead (5 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stJim PriceCoffee MochaM3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Hangtown Association of Zymurgy Enthusiasts (HAZE)
2ndPavel AnisimovChocolate! Yah! More Chocolate! This Is Awesome!!! I Might Have A Sugar Shock, But Who Cares?M3A: Fruit and Spice Mead Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdRoger TaylorRogers Apple PieM3A: Fruit and Spice Mead Maltose Falcons

Table 40: Specialty Mead (7 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stPavel AnisimovHere's Another One, Brochet!!! I Can't Hear You... Louder!M4C: Experimental Mead Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
2ndDamien ClausonBriars, Bees and BeerM4A: BraggotDiablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]
3rdPavel AnisimovWhat Is A Dwojniak? I Don't Know But Judges Love It. M4B: Historical Mead Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE) [CA]

Table 42: Specialty IPA (47 entries)

PlaceBrewerNameStyleClub
1stScott Grove
Co-Brewer: Hunter Grove
Red Rye IPA21B5: Rye IPA
2ndBrett WinquestHop On the Juice Wagon21B: Specialty IPA Levee Road Brewing
3rdRhett BondKiller Dana White IPA21B6: White IPA