How to Enter
Information: This commercial competition is organized and run by Fairplex. Please download the PDF for information.
General Requirements: Open to any licensed brewery or brewpub. All beers entered must be available for sale to the general public. Beers may be entered only by a representative of the brewery.
Entry Requirements: Entries may be submitted in bottles, cans, or kegs with a minimum of either six (6) bottles of less than 22 oz. or four (4) bottles of 22 oz. or more; or one keg with an American Sanke fitting. Each beer may be entered in only one category. Breweries may enter as many entries as they desire.
Mail Entry form and fees to:
Ship or Deliver Beer to:
Early Bird Deadline: April 25
Official Deadline: May 19
Beers Submitted: May 27 – May 30
Entry Fee: Early bird entry $45.00 per entry postmarked on or before April 25, 2014. $55.00 per entry after April 25, 2014. Entry fee to be submitted with entry form. Make checks payable to the L.A. County Fair.
Tasting: A selection of award-winning breweries will be contacted by Fairplex to purchase their award-winning beer for tasting during the L.A. County Fair in our Marketplace.
CHEERS: opportunity to participate in Cheers...L.A.'s Wine, Spirits, Beer and Food Festival, June 21st, a food and drink festival attended by hundreds.
Graphics/Logos: All commercial labels should be left on any bottles or kegs entered. In addition, for purposes of display, graphics in the form of posters, coasters, and signs may be submitted for a display in the tasting area at the L.A. County Fair.
Judging: Beers will be judged against others of a similar style as defined by Brewers Association style guidelines. The judging will be held in closed sessions with the BJCP certified judges present. All judging will be blind. No judge may participate on a panel where they have an entry or where there may be the appearance of a conflict of interest. All decisions of the judges are final.
Awards: Three medals; Gold, Silver, and Bronze are possible in each category. In the event any category receives insufficient entries, beers will be judged individually on their own merits. Awards for each class may or may not be given. One Best of Show will be selected from all entries.
Return of Kegs: Every effort will be made to return kegs promptly through local distributors. If other arrangements are required (such as return by UPS), the brewery is responsible for any costs that may be incurred. The L.A. County Fair Association and Fairplex will assume no liability for lost kegs.
Storage: Beers will be kept in a cold storage (below 40F) until time of judging. Beers may be chilled (or allowed to warm); if there are specific instructions, please indicate on entry form.