Below are the results for the 2008 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew competition. The fair runs August 15 through September 1 and will include a winner's reception featuring a number of award-winning beers. The awards reception/beerfest is tentatively scheduled for August 22. Admission to the beer reception is pretty cheap, but you do need to pay for parking and fair admission to attend.
Best of Show
Drake's Blond, Drakes Brewing Co.
Best of Show Honorable Mention (in order)
None the Weisser, Pizza Port
Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, Stone Brewing Co.
Ruby Black, Pizza Port
Amber Hybrid Beer
1st El Oso, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
2nd Lug Nut Lager, Skyscraper Brewing Co.
3rd Real McCoy Amber, Mammoth Brewing
1st Bad Santa Dark Lager, The Brewhouse
2nd RC Vienna, River City Brewing Co.
3rd Smokey's Amber, Lager Bayhawk
American Amber Ale
1st Manifesto Pale Ale, Fifty Fifty Brewing Co.
2nd Stony Face Red Ale, Hoppy Brewing Co.
3rd 49er Red Ale, Gold Hill Brewing Co.
HM Calico Amber, Ballast Point
1st Olde Scoutter, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
2nd Old Blarney Barleywine, Moylan's Brewing Co.
3rd Old Prospector Barleywine, Auburn Alehouse
HM Bigfoot, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
HM Double Bastard Ale, Stone Brewing Co.
American Brown Ale
2nd Albion Amber, Marin Brewing Co.
3rd RC Brown Ale, River City Brewing Co.
1st IPA 395, Schooners
2nd Racer 5, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3rd Moylan's IPA, Moylan's Brewing Co.
3rd Union Jack IPA, Firestone Walker
HM Apex, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale
1st Pale Ale, Schooners
2nd Drake's 1500, Drakes Brewing Co.
3rd Mt Tam Pale Ale, Marin Brewing Co.
1st Crystal Wheat, Pyramid
2nd Wheat Beer, Sierra Nevada
3rd Hefe Weizen, Beermann's
1st Saucerful of Secrets, Firestone Walker
2nd Belgian Tripel, Faultline Brewing Co.
3rd-T Bishop's Tripple Trippel, Main Street Brewery
3rd-T Brussels Blonde, Sacramento Brewing
1st 2 Live Cru, Newport Beach Brewing Co.
2nd Quad, Marin Brewing Co.
3rd Tiburon Blonde, Marin Brewing Co.
1st Mission Street Blonde, Firestone Walker
2nd Honey Brew, Beermann's
3rd Big, But Blond, Elk Grove Brewing Co.
HM Curve Ball, Pyramid
1st Pete's Brown, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
2nd London Porter, Jack Russell
3rd Old Grind Porter, Etna Brewing Co.
Cider & Perry
1st Black Currant Cider, Fox Barrel
2nd Apple Cider, Fox Barrel
3rd Pear Cider, Fox Barrel
1st Cream Ale, TAPS
2nd American Ale, Schooners
3rd Kolsch, Fifty Fifty Brewing Co.
1st San Quentin's Breakout Stout, Marin Brewing Co.
2nd Velvet Merkin, Firestone Walker
3rd Gragoon's Dry Irish Stout, Moylan's Brewing Co.
1st Stone Old Guardian Barleywine, Stone
1st Double Barrel Ale, Firestone Walker
2nd Hitman Gold, Valley Brewing Co.
3rd English Amber Ale, Black Diamond
HM Dude of York, Dale Bros
English Brown Ale
1st Downtown Brown, Lost Coast Brewing Co.
2nd English Red Ale, Schooners
3rd Hemp Ale, Firestone Walker
English India Pale Ale
1st Cap'n Boomer's IPA, Jack Russell Brewing Co.
2nd Epic IPA, Mammoth Brewing Co.
3rd Organic India Pale Ale, Santa Cruz Brewing Co.
English Pale Ale
1st ESB, Brew It Up
2nd Stone Pale Ale, Stone Brewing Co.
3rd White Water Pale Ale, Jack Russell
1st Apricot Ale, Pyramid Brewing
2nd Raspberry Brown, Lost Coast Brewing Co.
3rd Pommegranate Wheat Ale, Moylan's Brewing Co.
German Wheat Beer
1st/1st HM BOS None the Weisser, Pizza Port
2nd Hefeweizen, Sacramento Brewing
3rd Sudwerk Weizen, Sudwerks
1st Maibock, Brew It Up
2nd RC Maibock, River City
3rd Pale Bock, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Imperial India Pale Ale
1st West Coast IPA, Green Flash Brewing Co.
2nd White Knuckle, Marin Brewing Co.
3rd Stone Ruination, Stone Brewing Co.
Irish Red Ale
1st Celtic Amber Ale, Sacramento Brewing
2nd Danny's Irish Red, Moylan's Brewing Co.
3rd Jeremiah Red, BJ's - Oxnard
1st/BOS Drake's Blond, Drakes Brewing Co.
2nd Kolsch, Faultline Brewing Co.
3rd BJ's Blonde, BJ's - Oxnard
1st Condor Pilsner, The Brewhouse
2nd Sudwerk Lager, Sudwerks
3rd Lincoln Lager, Beermann's
HM Longshoreman Lager, San Pedro Brewing Co.
1st Eye of the Hawk, Mendocino Brewing Co.
2nd Old Headbanger Ale, Valley Brewing Co.
1st Wingman American Lager, Skyscraper Brewing Co.
2nd Sudwerk Pilsner, Sudwerks
3rd-T Pilsner, Faultline Brewing Co.
3rd-T Summerfest, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
HM High Country Pilsner, Mammoth Brewing
1st/3rd HM BOS Ruby Black, Pizza Port
2nd-T London Porter, Faultline Brewing Co.
2nd-T Toddy Coffee Porter, Blue Frog
3rd Double Nut Brown Ale, Mammoth Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout
1st Green Flash Double Stout, Green Flash Brewing Co.
2nd Drake's RIS, Drakes Brewing Co.
3rd Russian Imperial Stout, Sacramento Brewing
Scottish Export/Strong Ale
1st 90 Shilling Scotch, TAPS
2nd Scotch Ale, Brew It Up
3rd Sacsquatch Ale, Sacramento Brewing
Smoke/Wood Aged Beer
1st Decadence 12 Cuvee Speciale, Valley Brewing Co.
2nd Bourbon Barrrel Stout, Beermann's
3rd Peligroso 2008, Blue Frog
1st Bob's Old Woody, Main Street Brewery
2nd Krieken Cluster Funk, Schooners
3rd Sour Blonde, BJ's - Roseville
1st/2nd HM BOS Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, Stone Brewing Co.
2nd Le Freak, Green Flash Brewing Co.
3rd-T Donner Party Porter, Fifty Fifty Brewing Co.
3rd-T Wild Cat Sour Coffee Stout, Valley Brewing Co.
HM Vendication, Schooners
1st Organic Winter Warmer, Bison Brewing
2nd Aye! Aye! Aye! Chili Beer, Sacramento Brewing
3rd Grand Cru 8, BJ's - Oxnard
1st Oatmeal Stout, Sacramento Brewing
2nd Loamy Trowel Cream Stout, Hoppy Brewing Co.
3rd Oatmeal Stout, Brew It Up
1st Lobotomator Dopplebock, The Brewhouse
2nd Dopplebock, Mammoth Brewing
3rd Bock Lager, Elk Grove Brewing Co.
3rd Imperial Dopplebock, Eel River Brewing Co.
1st Brother Levenion Saison, Ballast Point Brewing Co.
2nd Summer Seasonal White, Mendocino Brewing Co.
3rd Wine Country Wheat, Bear Republic Brewing Co.