Thank you for your interest in the 2018 California State Fair Homebrew Competition organized by Sacramento Area Brewers Guild.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the 2018 California State Fair Homebrew Competition!

There are 830 registered entries and 310 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 1:31 AM, there are 0 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).


Entry Registration & Fees 

1. Entry Registration: Entry registration (via online State Fair Homebrew Competition website noted below). All entries must be delivered by Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 by 12:00 pm. No extension of the entry date is planned. Official guidelines are also available at homebrew

2. Entry Fees: Registration fees are $15.00 per entry. Payment must be via check, money order or PayPal. NO CASH ACCEPTED FOR ENTRIES. Do Not send Payments with Entries. Payment must be received in advance by the date above per one of the following methods:

a. PayPal– Using online California State Fair Homebrew Competition web-site Before midnight February 16th, 2018;

b. Check or money order payable to “Sacramento Area Brewers Guild” at Sactown Union Brewery, c/o Homebrew Entry, 1210 66th Street B, Sacramento, CA 95819

3. Checks and money orders must be accompanied by a list of entry numbers for identification of the sender. For any entries that are registered but not submitted, PLEASE notify the competition organizers immediately after the entry deadline. Refunds are available for those that miss the entry deadline and notify the organizers prior to the start of judging. 

General Information 

1. Additional Information: Should there be any information desired and not found in the prospectus, please contact of Homebrew Competition Director of the Sacramento Area Brewers Guild or Don Callison, California State Fair, PO Box 15649, Sacramento, CA 95852 or phone (916) 263-3000. 

2. Revisions: This is sent out in advance and therefore may be subject to revision or change. 

3. Mailing List and Notification: Although we try to keep mailing lists current, we cannot be held responsible for any individual that is not notified or contacted. 


  1. Brewers must be official residents of California and be at least 21 years of age. Beers must be made in the home for private non-commercial use. Brews made at the commercial brewery (e.g., nano or micro-brewery) or a Brew - on - Premise are not allowed. 
  2. Brewers are limited to three entries per category. Each entry, however, must be in separate subcategories. 
  3. Most categories are divided into distinct styles, and beer will be judged as that style. Be sure to indicate on the registration form and the bottle entry form both the category of the entry and the style of the entry within the category. For example Category: Standard American Beer: Cream Ale. Entries that do not specify a style on the entry form may be disqualified at the discretion of the Homebrew Committee. 
  4. Submission of Entry(s) to this competition implies acceptance of all rules and conditions as stated in the Homebrew Guidelines and the California State Fair General Rules which can be found at http://www.castatefair. org/homebrew.
  5. For consideration of Home Brew Club of the Year, ensure that your club affiliation is associated with each entry online.
  6. If you are unsure of the category your beer should be entered in, contact the head judge or a competition representative. The Committee reserves the right to modify categories as needed.

Judging Locations and Dates

Cal Expo Thursday afternoon
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:00 PM, PST

Cal Expo Friday morning
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Friday, March 9, 2018 9:00 AM, PST

Cal Expo Friday afternoon
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Friday, March 9, 2018 12:30 PM, PST

Cal Expo Saturday morning
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:00 AM, PST

Cal Expo Saturday afternoon
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:30 PM, PST

Cal Expo Sunday morning
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
Sunday, March 11, 2018 9:00 AM, PDT

Competition Official

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Mike Witherow — Competition Coordinator