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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. 15, 2020 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 15th, 2020;

b. Check or money order payable to “California State Fair” at Homebrew Competition, California State Fair, PO Box 15649, Sacramento, CA 95852

3. Checks and money orders must be accompanied by a list of entry numbers for the 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 - 

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
  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.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer C1A New World Cider C1B English Cider
C1C French Cider C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry
C2A New England Cider C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2C Applewine
C2D Ice Cider C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2F Specialty Cider/Perry
M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead
M2A Cyser M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead
M4C Experimental Mead   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry:

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Cal Expo Thursday afternoon
Thursday, February 27, 2020 6:00 PM, PST

Cal Expo Friday morning
Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00 AM, PST

Cal Expo Friday afternoon
Friday, February 28, 2020 12:30 PM, PST

Cal Expo Saturday morning
Saturday, February 29, 2020 9:00 AM, PST

Cal Expo Saturday afternoon
Saturday, February 29, 2020 12:30 PM, PST

Cal Expo Sunday morning
Sunday, March 1, 2020 9:00 AM, PST



The awards ceremony will take place a few weeks after judging.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Best Club of Show: Rosette and Golden Bear Trophy  

Best of Show: Rosette and Golden Bear Trophy 

Gold, Silver, and Bronze in each Category: Rosettes

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

Scoresheets will be posted to the website in the weeks after competition.


Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:00 AM, PDT