Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Results: Cal. Brewers Festival

The California Brewers Festival has been around for a number of years and is put on by the local Rotary club. In fact the judging for this event features many Rotary members, mingled in among beer judges (mostly members of the Gold Country Brewers Assn, a local homebrew club) and whatnot. It's a fun enough place to judge, it's laid back and the food is always good. The results are incredibly varied from year to year - last year's Best of Show was Sac-Squatch by SacBrew, a strong Scotch ale, this year is Blue Moon... slightly different.

Below are the results of the judging portion of the event. The actual beer festival will be Sept. 20th at Discovery Park, but I unfortunately won't be in attendance as I'll be at the Northern California Homebrewers Festival, having just finished a legendary Sean Paxton dinner.


Best of Show
Blue Moon, a Belgian White Ale

Juniper Ale by Rogue, entered as a Pale Ale

Third Place
Peligroso 07 by Blue Frog, entered as a Wood-Aged Ale

Amber Ales
  1. Red Horse, Sacramento Brewing Co.
  2. Red Head, Brew Brothers
  3. Sac-squatch, Sacramento Brewing Co.
Light Ales
  1. Honey Beer, Beermanns Beerwerks
  2. Big But Blond, Elk Grove Brewing Co.
  3. Pale Ale, Napa Smith
  1. Peligroso 07, Blue Frog
  2. Bourbon Barrel Stout, Beermanns Beerwerks
  3. Oud Bruin, River City
American Pale Ale
  1. Juniper Ale, Rogue Ales
  2. Tipperary, Moylans
  3. XP Pale Ale, Bear Republic
English Pale Ale
  1. Bachelor ESB, Deschutes
  2. Double Barrel Pale ale, Firestone-Walker
  3. Youngers Special Bitter, Rogue Ales
  1. Mountain High, Mt. Shasta
  2. Racer 5, Bear Republic
  3. India Pale Ale, Blue Frog
  1. Obsidian, Deschutes
  2. Steelhead Export Stout, Mad River
  3. Cream Stout, Sam Adams
  1. Black Butte Porter, Deschutes
  2. Holiday Porter, Sam Adams
  3. Mocha Porter, Rogue Ales
  1. Boston Lager, Sam Adams
  2. Doppelbock, Sam Adams
  3. Noddy Black Lager, Buck Bean
  1. Blue Moon White, Blue Moon
  2. Hefewiezen, Blue Frog
  3. Wheat Beer, Napa Smith
Brown Ale
  1. Hazelnut Brown Ale, Rogue Ales
  2. Hemp Ale, Humbolt
  3. Brown Ale, Sam Adams
Fruit Beer
  1. Apricot Wheat Ale, Pyramid Ales
  2. Cherry Wheat Ale, Sam Adams
  3. Kriek Ale (Cherry Ale), Mt Shasta
Strong Ale
  1. Imperial Red Ale, Rogue Ales
  2. Abyss, ,Deschutes
  3. Steelhead Double IPA , Mad River
Top Brewery
Sam Adams - 6 awards