Homebrew Competition Information

2018 Announcements

The 2018 Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition will take place Saturday, June 2nd.  Competition guidelines and entry instructions will be posted on this page around March 1st.  If you have any questions in the meantime, 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 experienced 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 email Competition Coordinator, Brett Chance, with any questions or if you wish to be added to our competition judge email list. 

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 any questions or are interested in serving as a steward, please email 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