Best in Fest

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Best in Fest is a privately held competition between Ventura County’s finest breweries. It takes place a couple of months prior and is crowned on the mainstage of the Festival. Each entry is judged in advance by a panel of cicerones, certified beer judges, masters, and industry experts based on a hybrid of Brewers Association Guidelines and BJCP guidelines. This blind judging is scored on representation of beer style, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, drinkability, and overall impression. The top three beers are judged and scored in a final round to name the Best in Fest winner!

The Best in Fest winner receives:

  • Prime booth placement at the festival
  • Best in Fest flag at your booth
  • Best in Fest trophy
  • An invitation to pour your beer at the Yummie Top Chef Dinner
  • Media coverage

All Best in Fest Competition contestants must register as an Exhibitor.

Best in Fest Competition Rules and Guidelines

For more information, contact Roger Brooks, John Fredrick, and Juan Godinez at


Bright Spark Brewing

Central Coast Brewing

Enegren Brewing Co

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Flat Fish Brewing Co.

Institution Ale Co.

Leashless Brewing

MadeWest Brewing Co.

Malibu Brewing Co.

Naughty Pine Brewing Co.

Pedals & Pints Brewing Co.

Rincon Brewery

Third Window Brewing

Topa Topa

Wagon Wheel Brewing Co.


Leashless Brewing – Coconutz Hazy IPA


2024: Leashless Brewing – Coconutz Hazy IPA

2023: Central Coast Brewing – Catch 23 Black IPA

2022: Institution Ale Company – RX Pils

2021: Pedals & Pints Brewing Company – Single Speed

2019: Firestone Walker Brewing Company – SLOambic Wild Ale

2018: Topa Topa Brewing Company – Chief Peak IPA

2017: Enegren Brewing Company – Maibock

2016: LAB Brewing Company – Take Her Home Tripel

2015: LAB Brewing Company – Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout

2014: Institution Ale Company – Maple Brown Restraint