"Best of Show" for the California State Homebrew
This is the best award I've received so far
in my homebrewing career.
The last best win was Best of Show at the
Bay-Area-Brew-Off/Alameda County fair a few years ago.
But this is a better win, since it is a much more
competitive competition: there are about 200 entries,
and a lot of top homebrewers in the state are
entering this competition, because it counts toward
the Sierra Nevada "Homebrewer of the Year" Competition.
The beer I entered that won, was a German style Pilsner,
which I knew was very good, but you never know if
the judges are going to think it is very good also.
Happily, it was unanimous, and I did win it!
I guess my next goal is to win "Best of Show" at
the California State Fair, and the "World Cup",
the other two "big" California homebrew competitions.
And then maybe I'll graduate to the "National Homebrew
However, what I really need to do to target that
competition is to enter a lot: I think my friend
Jamil how won it last year put in 34 entries, or
something like that.
But, at this point, I'm pretty confident that my
homebrews are world class and as good as any commercial
The main problem I have is that I don't have enough
space to refrigerate all the beer I make, which is
required if you make lagers.