Enter Your Homemade Brew

Amateur brewers compete for medals and ribbons in the San Diego County Fair Homebrew competitive exhibit.

Beer Judges

The Homebrew competition is looking for qualified beer judges. If you have competition judging experience, please apply.

Apply To Be A Beer Judge

Entry Information

Entry deadline: The deadline has passed; entries are closed.
Delivery date: Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:00AM-4:00PM. Hand-deliver to the Fairgrounds. (Shipped entries must arrive by April 20.)
Award Ceremony and Exhibitor Tasting: Sunday, May 20, 2:00-5:00PM. Award winners will receive ribbons and other awards at this ceremony.

New in 2018: We will celebrate our Homebrew exhibitors at the San Diego International Beer Festival. All exhibitors will receive a special discount admission to the festival and the Best of Show Beer from 2017 will be brewed and tapped at the festival by Abnormal Beer Co. (And this year’s Best of Show beer will get that honor in 2019!)

Entry Information has been left online for 2018 entrants and as reference for those who might want to enter in the future.

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Entry Information
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The Fine Print

Want detailed information about this competition? Check The Fine Print for the answer, or download the General Information flier.

All amateur brewers 21 and older. You can not enter if you have applied for State or Federal licensing, or are a professional brewer. The Fair has a separate competition for professionals, called the San Diego International Beer Festival.

The processing fee is $10 per entry. Processing fees are non-refundable.

There is a limit of one entry per class.

Ribbons, donated awards, and for the entry judged Best of Show, an offer by Garage Brewing Company to brew the Best of Show beer and serve it at one of their locations!

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.