The El Dorado County Fair Association is thrilled to announce the results of its highly anticipated Annual Homebrew & Microbrew Competition. After months of anticipation and rigorous judging, home and micro brewers have been recognized for their outstanding craftsmanship and creativity in brewing.

This year’s competition saw a record number of entries, showcasing the passion and dedication of the homebrewing community, and increased interest in the commercial brewing industry. Judges, comprised of certified beer experts and enthusiasts, evaluated entries based on aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression, adhering to the highest standards of beer judging.

Among the various categories — ales, lagers, stouts, porters, and specialty beers, several standout brews emerged victorious, captivating the palates of the judges and demonstrating the diverse talents of the brewers.

For the 2024 Homebrew competition, entrant John Orcutt, a member of ‘The Brewins’ won the Best of Show with his American Barleywine (name Blarney Whine) which is a Strong Ale.

The Commercial Brew Best of Show winner came from Ports O’Pints Brewing Company, their beer POPS Oktoberfest, a Pale Lager.

In addition to these top awards, honorable mentions were given to several outstanding entries that impressed judges with their unique flavors and impeccable quality.

El Dorado County Fair Association extends its gratitude to all participants, judges, volunteers, and sponsors who made this event possible. The dedication and enthusiasm of our home and commercial brewing community continue to inspire and drive the Association’s mission to promote and celebrate the craft of beer making.

For a complete list of results from this competition, please visit

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