Sacramento-area breweries take nine first-place awards at State Fair competition

Sacramento-area craft breweries combined for 20 medals in the 2019 California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition, including nine first-place finishes.

Super Owl of Davis had arguably the best showing of any brewery, finishing with two first-place awards and one second-place. Crooked Lane of Auburn also earned three medals, all for second place, while Out of Bounds and Big Sexy took two each.

Rookie brewpub Alaro topped the English-Style IPA category with Castillo, the same beer that won gold at the Great American Beer Festival last year.

The complete list of local medalists:

Alaro: Castillo, 1st in English-Style IPA

Big Sexy: Gifted Gunslinger, 1st in Strong American Ales; Gristmill Honey Ale, 3rd in Honey & Alternative Sugar Beer

Fort Rock: FRB Brown, 1st in American Amber & Brown Ale

New Helvetia: Thurston Adambier, 1st in Historical

Solid Ground: Gneiss, 1st in Irish-Style Dry Stout; Devil’s Leap, 1st in Wood- and Barrel-Aged; Rampart, 3rd in Munich-Style Helles

Super Owl: Lighten Up, Francis, 1st in Belgian Strong Ale; Bicycle Rights!, 1st in American Pale Ale; Udder Nonsense, 2nd in Sweet Stout

The Monk’s Cellar: Biere Blanch3, 1st in Belgian-Style Witbier

Three Mile: I Like Big Beets, 1st in Specialty Saison

Yolo: Die Hard Is A Christmas Movie, 1st in American-Style Fruit Beer

Berryessa: Separation Anxiety, 2nd in American Amber & Brown Ale

Blue Note: Heidi, 2nd in Pale European Beer

Crooked Lane: Thirsty Pretzels, 2nd in Dark Lager; Dark Bent, 2nd in Irish-Style Dry Stout; Nightfall At The Barn, 2nd in Imperial Stout

Out of Bounds: Ryebiscus Saison, 2nd in Specialty Saison; Hurly Burly, 2nd in Wood- and Barrel-Aged

Tilted Mash: B. Applebaum, 2nd in American-Style Fruit Beer

Knee Deep: Hoptologist; 3rd in Imperial IPA

Tower: Puesto de Limonada, 3rd in Gose

The complete list of winners can be seen here.

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Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as general breaking news and investigative projects. A Sacramento native, he previously covered business for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.