July 1, 2013
Area's craft beer brings home prizes at State Fair


The Sacramento region is booming when it comes to craft beer, and the results of the California State Fair craft beer competition show us to be a hotbed of high-quality brewing.

Some of the breweries that won big may have surprised some folks -- Sudwerk, Ol' Republic and Hangtown all did well in multiple style categories.

What follows is a list of local success at the State Fair. If I missed any, please let me know. I've had the excellent Common Sense by Berryessa Brewing in Winters at several local hot spots lately. I also got to try the very nice English IPA by Ol' Republic in Nevada City last time I dropped in at Extreme Pizza. Both won first place. And I was actually drinking a Homeland Stout (pictured above) at New Helvetia Brewing on Friday when the brewery learned that this very fine beer had been awarded a first place.

Light lager--Dortmunder/Premium American
First: Auburn Export Lager, Auburn Ale House (Auburn)
Third: Dead Canary, Ol' Republic Brewing (Nevada City)

Light Lager -- Munich Helles
Third: Lager, Sudwerk (Davis)

Pilsner -- Bohemian/Classic American
Third: Gold Country Pilsner, Auburn Alehouse

Amber lager
Second: Marzen, Sudwerk

Dark lager
Second: Bavarian Black Lager, Ol' Republic

Second: Mai Bock, Sudwerk

Light hybrid -- blonde ale
First: Common Sense, Berryessa Brewing (Winters)

Amber hybrid
Second: California Amber Lager, Ol' Republic

Scottish/Irish Ale -- Irish red ale
First: Conner's Pride, Old Hangtown Beer (Placervile)

American Ale -- American pale ale
Third: American River Pale Ale, Auburn Alehouse

American Ale -- American amber ale
Second: Rubicon Amber, Rubicon Brewing (Sacramento)

American Ale -- American brown ale
First: Coloma Brown, American River Brewing (Rancho Cordova)

English Brown Ale
Third: Whippersnapper, Berryessa Brewing

Porter -- Baltic porter
Second: Recesson Ale, Loomis Basin Brewing (Loomis)

Stout -- Oatmeal stout
First: Oatmeal Stout, Sudwerk

Stout -- Foreign export stout
First: New Helvetia Brewing (Sacramento)

India Pale Ale -- English IPA
First: English IPA, Ol' Republic

Belgian and French Ale -- Belgian Pale Ale
Third: Saison, Berryessa

Fruit Beer
Second: Golden Eagle Wheat, Loomis Basin

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer -- Christmas/Winter specialty spiced beer
First: Stumpkin, Old Hangtown

Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.

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