The 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled. Read more. 

Homebrew Competition Information

2020 Announcements


April 30, 2020 — Our current priority is doing what we can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Ohio enters its recovery phase. With many factors still unknown, along with social distancing recommendations and guidance that advocates the use of masks when in public, we are concerned about safely administering the Homebrew Competition in 2020. The health and safety of the judges, stewards and staff is of the utmost importance, and evaluating the aroma and flavor of entries with constant mask removal is cumbersome, making it difficult to provide the protections that all involved parties deserve.

As such, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Ohio State Fair Homebrew competition. We started this competition nearly 25 years ago, and I will sincerely miss not being able to hold our competition this year.

We appreciate your understanding.  Please be safe and well.

Brett Chance
Competition Organizer


Registration will open May 1
Deadline to enter: May 19, 2020 (11:59 p.m.) — CANCELLED
Bottled entries must arrive: Tuesday, June 2 through Friday, June 5 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily by drop-off or shipment) — CANCELLED
Competition date: Saturday, June 6, 2020 — CANCELLED

Enter Online Now

Go to 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

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 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 by May 19 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 by clicking on the “volunteer” tab or by emailing Brett Chance.

2018 Winners announced

The Ohio State Fair Homebrew Competition celebrated its 23rd year with 579 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 – Craig Davis (Columbus, Ohio) – Czech Premium Lager
  • Runner-Up Best of Show – Edward Mack (Marshallville, Ohio) – Alternative Sugar Beer (Maple Red Ale)

Download the competition results here

Competition results