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


Tarantula Hill Brewing Company
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
Pedals & Pints Brewing Company
Malibu Brewing Company
Bright Spark Brewing
Enegren Brewing Company
14 Cannons Brewing Company
Naughty Pine Brewing Company


Ladyface Brewery
MadeWest Brewing Company
Institution Ale Company
Transmission Brewing Company
BJ’s Brewhouse
Third Window Brewing Company
Central Coast Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Company



Central Coast Brewing – Catch 23 Black 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