A Note from the CCBC Competition Director

Thank you for helping us celebrate the Second California Craft Brewers Cup.

This competition was created in 2019, in partnership between the Brewers Guilds of California and the California Craft Brewers Association, to showcase the innovation and immense talent of our state’s craft breweries.

This year, we received 1,249 entries from 191 breweries across the state. The beers were judged in 55 categories by a fantastic panel of judges. Words can’t express our thanks to the participating breweries, and the judges, stewards and staff who volunteered their time to help make this year’s competition a resounding success.

The beers and breweries being recognized tonight are truly the best in the state of California. On behalf of the entire CCBC team, thank you for being a part of and supporting California’s craft beer community. We can’t wait to watch this competition continue to grow.


Mike Witherow
Competition Director
California Craft Brewers Cup

Ceremony Schedule

Attendee Arrival ……… 5:00 – 5:30 PM

Ceremony Start ……… 5:30 PM

2021 Craft Beer Pioneer Award Category Winners Brewers Guild of the Year Brewery of the Year
Best In Show

Reception ……… 6:45 – 7:30 PM Last Call at 7:15 PM

COVID-19 Policy: Per Sacramento County guidelines, masks must be worn indoors at all times, unless actively eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status.

2021 Craft Beer Pioneer

Each year, we recognize an individual who has propelled the craft beer industry over the years and helped shape it into what it is today. These individuals are synonymous with California’s beer scene, and it is a privilege to be able to celebrate their contributions with this prestigious award.

Judy Ashworth, 2021 CCBC Craft Beer Pioneer

Judy Ashworth, 2021 PionerJudy is known as. “The Grand Dame of Publicans,” “Beerological Mother,” “Bay Area Beer Ambassador,” and a “Beer Missionary.” We’re thrilled to now call her our 2021 Craft Beer Pioneer.

Judy has been involved in the craft beer industry since the early 1980s, where she debuted one of the first craft beer pubs in the country – the Lyons Brewery Depot located in Northern California’s East Bay. The pub later re-opened in its new location, where Judy hosted a multitude of highly sought- after events that, without fail, would repeatedly draw brewers from throughout Northern California.

Whether teaching on beer education cruises in Europe, serving as a national beer judge, or serving on the Board of Directors of the Great American Beer Festival, it’s evident that her talent and passion for the industry is second-to-none. Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do, Judy!

Award Categories

Beer Category Awards will be announced in the following order. Classes of beers were combined during judging, when warranted by the number of entries. Please note the categories with the most entries (American Imperial IPA, Hazy IPA, and American IPA)

1. Standard American Lager
2. International Lager
3. International-Style Pilsner
4. Czech Lager
5. Pale European Beer
6. Munich-Style Helles
7. German/Vienna-Style Märzen
8. European-Style Dark Beer
9. Bock
10. American Style Cream Ale
11. Amber Hybrid
12. Kölsch
13. Hard Seltzer
14. Baltic-Style Porter
15. American-Style Wheat
16. German-Style Wheat Ale
17. Berliner-Style Weisse
18. Gose
19. Standard British Ales
20. American-Style Fruit Beer
21. Scottish & Irish Ale
22. Herb & Spice Beer
23. Classic Saison
24. Coffee Beer
25. Chocolate Beer
26. Smoked Beer
28. Historical Beer Styles
29. Blonde or Golden Ale
30. British Mild & Bitters
31. Session Beer
32. British Strong Ales
36. Stouts
37. Sweet Stout
38. Imperial Stout
39. American Amber & Brown Ales
40. American Porter & Stout
41. American Pale Ale
42. English-Style India Pale Ale
46. Specialty IPA
47. Strong American Ale
48. Belgian-Style Witbier
50. Specialty Saison
51. Belgian & French-Style Ale
52. Belgian Strong Ale
53. Trappist Style Ale
54. Belgian Sour Ale
55. Lambic
56. American Wild Ale
57. Wood- and Barrel-Aged (Wine)
58. Wood- and Barrel-Aged (Spirits)
59. Alternative Fermentable Beer 60. Experimental Beer

45. American Imperial IPA
44. Hazy IPA
43. American IPA

Brewers Guild of the Year
Brewery of the Year
Best In Show