Award-Winning Beers from Sacramento-Area Breweries
July 19, 2019

Award-Winning Beers from Sacramento-Area Breweries

Sacramento is a craft beer town, so it comes as no surprise that its local breweries took more than two dozen medals during the California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition. This year, nearly 20 breweries from throughout the greater Sacramento area took awards, edging out thousands of entries in more than 60 categories!

Best of all, more than 30 California breweries will be pouring during Brewfest 2019. The event will be held Saturday, July 20 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. Tickets (which include entry to the fair) are $35 in advance, or $45 for VIP tickets, which will get you in an hour earlier!

Following are the 2019 commercial beer winners from Sacramento-area breweries, their rankings and their overall categories:


Crooked Lane Brewing Company
Thirsty Pretzels, 2nd in Dark Lager
Dark Bent, 2nd in Irish-Style Dry Stout
Nightfall at the Barn, 2nd in Imperial Stout

Knee Deep Brewing Company
Hoptologist, 3rd in Imperial IPA


Super Owl Brewing

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Bicycle Rights!, 1st in American Pale Ale
Lighten Up, Francis, 1st in Belgian Strong Ale
Udder Nonsense, 2nd in Sweet Stout

Three Mile Brewing

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Three Mile Brewing Co.

I Like Big Beets, 1st in Specialty Saison

Diamond Springs

Solid Ground Brewing

Gneiss, 1st in Irish-Style Dry Stout
Devil’s Leap, 1st in Wood- and Barrel-Aged
Rampart, 3rd in Munich-Style Helles

Elk Grove

Tilted Mash
B.Applebum, 2nd in American-Style Fruit Beer

Nevada City

Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.

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Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co.

Mother’s Beach Blonde Lager, 1st in Munich-Style Helles
Purdon Porter, 3rd in American Porter & Stout


Out of Bounds Brewing Company

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Hurly Burly, 2nd in Wood- and Barrel-Aged
Ryebiscus Saison, 2nd in Specialty Saison

Rancho Cordova

Fort Rock Brewing

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FRB Brown, 1st in American Amber & Brown Ale


The Monk’s Cellar
Biere Blanche, 1st in Belgian-Style Witbier


Alaro Craft Brewery
Castillo, 1st in English-Style IPA

Big Sexy Brewing

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Big Sexy Brewing Co.

Gifted Gunslinger, 1st in Strong American Ales
Gristmill Honey Ale, 3rd in Honey & Alternative Sugar Beer

New Helvetia Brewing Co.
Thurston Adambier, 1st in Historical Beer Styles

Tower Brewing Company
Puesto de Limonada, 3rd in Gose

South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe Brewing Company
Fog Nozzle IPA, 2nd in New England-Style IPA


Fiftyfifty Brewing
I Did it all for the Cookie, 1st in Experimental Beer

West Sacramento

Yolo Brewing Company
Die Hard is a Christmas Movie, 1st in American-Style Fruit Beer


Berryessa Brewing
Separation Anxiety, 2nd in American Pale Ale


Blue Note Brewing

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Blue Note Brewing Company

Heidi German Leichtbier, 2nd in Pale European Beer


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Elizabeth Penney

Elizabeth Penney is a content writer for Lyon Real Estate and the Lyon Local blog. A Sacramento native with a marketing background, she shares her insider knowledge on restaurants, attractions and outdoor activities throughout the greater Sacramento area and beyond.