Homebrew Competition Information

2018 Announcements

Registration is open! Deadline to enter: May 15, 2018 (11:59 pm)
Bottled entries must arrive: Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, June 1 (8 am – 3 pm daily by drop-off or shipment)
Competition date: June 2, 2018

Go to ohiostatefairhomebrew.com for competition guidelines and to enter your beer, mead or cider for Ohio residents and active members of Ohio homebrew clubs. If you have any questions about the competition or the registration process, please email Competition Coordinator, Brett Chance, at b.chance@expo.ohio.gov.

Homebrew Judges – our competition is a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned event.  Many of our judges participate in the BJCP program, but we also have judges who are not in the BJCP program.  If you are a BJCP judge, or if you have homebrewing experience and are familiar with at least some styles, please register to judge at ohiostatefairhomebrew.com by clicking on the “volunteer” tab. If you have any questions about the registration process, or if you are an out of town judge needing hotel accommodations, please email Brett Chance at b.chance@expo.ohio.gov by May 15 so that reservations can be made.

Homebrew Stewards – stewards assist judges by getting beers from the beer cooler and helping to organize score sheets for each entry.  It’s a fun way to learn how a competition is run and good experience if you ever have interest in becoming a judge.  If you have are interested in serving as a steward, please register at ohiostatefairhomebrew.com by clicking on the “volunteer” tab or by emailing Brett Chance.

2017 Winners announced

The Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition celebrated its 22nd year with 580 judge beer, mead and cider entries from Ohio homebrewers and any homebrewers from neighboring states who are active members of an Ohio homebrew club. Congratulations to our winners!

  • Best of show – Eric Carman (Oxford, Ohio) – Roggenbier
  • Runner-Up Best of Show – Michael Florez (Cincinnati, Ohio) – English Porter

Download the competition results here

2017 Competition Information

Entry deadline: May 16, 2017
Competition Date: June 3, 2017

How to enter

  1. Download the Homebrew Competition Information Packet
  2. Click here to enter online on or before May 16, 2017

Reminder: competition is only open to Ohio homebrewers or members of an Ohio homebrew club. 

Online entry assistance

Competition results