American cream ales, German-style pilsners, bock beers, porters, stouts, exotic coffee-flavored beers and French Belgian-style saisons all had a competition category in the 2006 L.A. County Fair’s Commercial Beer Competition. Thirty-six breweries submitted nearly 200 brews for judging. rc
The Best of Show award, selected from all entries in all categories, went to Boston Beer Co.’s Boston Ale. Summertime Saison from BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, Woodland Hills was Best of Show runner-up. Full Sail Brewing Co.’s Session Premium Lager earned a gold medal in the American Cream Ale or Lager category. Lost Coast Brewery took the gold in the British Stout category with its Eight-Ball Stout. For final results for all categories, go to www.calferm.org and click on “L.A. Fair.”
The competition is organized and run by the L.A. County Fair and the California Fermentation Society, a public benefit corporation organized to educate the general public in the art and science of grain and fruit based fermentation. Any licensed brewery or brewpub in North America was eligible to compete for gold, silver or bronze medals in nearly 60 categories. Approximately 50 judges, most of whom are certified beer judges from the home brewing community, participated in a blind judging event held on August 26, 2006.
Fairguests will have an opportunity to sample beer entries during the Fair at Culinary Styles at The Village on Broadway. Knowledgeable volunteers will be available to answer questions and inform the public about the quality and variety of available beers styles.
The L.A. County Fair runs from Sept. 8 – Oct. 1, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing Sept. 8 – 25, closed Tuesdays only. For more information about the L.A. County Fair visit www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.