San Diego County Fair

Homebrew Competition

Beer judging bottlesThis competition is open to amateur brewers 21 years of age or older. Have your beer judged by professionals, receive tasting notes and attend the awards ceremony and exhibitor tasting event at the Fairgrounds.

This year, Ballast Point has generously offered to brew the Best of Show Beer and serve it at one of their locations. The 2016 Best of Show winner is Bob MacKay of Carlsbad for his Weizenbock beer.

This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Scroll down to see 2016 entry results, and check back next year, sometime in February, when we will have entry information for the 2017 Fair!




2016 Judging Results

Congratulations to Bob MacKay of Carlsbad, Home Brewer of the Year Award and Best of Show-Beer; and Tara Taylor of Chula Vista, Best of Show-Mead/Cider/Perry.

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Homebrew Results By Last Name [PDF format]

Homebrew Results By Class/Division [PDF format]

Thanks For Your Entries!

Entries are closed for Homebrew at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Information has been left online for those who might be interested in entering this competition. New entry information will be posted in early 2017.

2016 Homebrew Entry Information [PDF format]
2016 Local Rules [PDF format]
2016 State Rules [PDF format]


Beer judgingJudges & Stewards

Qualified volunteers may apply for these positions. You will be contacted by Fair staff at a future date to confirm your participation and for further instructions.
2016 Step-By-Step Entry Instructions for Judges [PDF format]

Apply To Be A Judge →



If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM


Thank you to our 2016 Homebrew Donors

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

J B Masonry

The Homebrewer: Resource Center

WilliamsWarn N2 Ltd.


Wyeast Laboratories, Inc.