California State Fair Commercial Beer winners from Bay Area


August is the hottest month of the year, which also means it’s the best month for beer lovers. Luckily, there are great beers up and down the state of California. And recently a lot of the best ones were acknowledged and honored.

The California State Fair recently announced the winners of its commercial beer competition, choosing the best among over 1,500 beer entries. The state competition was taken over around five years ago by the Northern California Brewers Guild, and is now America’s third largest beer competition, after the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup.

Last month in Sacramento there was an award ceremony to present 126 awards in 42 separate categories, plus the top three best of show and brewery of the year. A panel of judges tasted the best of show winners, by category, to arrive at the top three beers overall in California: Pilsnerish, a blonde ale from Flatland Brewing of Elk Grove, took first place; Wobblor, a doppelbock from Crooked Lane Brewing located in Auburn, took second place; and in third place was Apricot de Brettaville, from San Francisco’s Almanac Beer Co. Its original category? Wild Specialty Beer, a catch-all category that encompasses a number of different, related beer styles.

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