Ol’ Republic celebrates State Fair “best of show” award at State Capitol

Owners-brewers Jim Harte and Simon Olney of ol’ Republic Brewery in Nevada City celebrate their “best of show” honor at the State Capitol this week.

In Fall 2014, we featured the brewery on the cover of our magazine, writing, “The most exciting emerging ‘ale tale’ for a single local brewery probably goes to ol’ Republic Brewing Co. of Nevada City and founders-brewers Jim Harte and Simon Olney. It’s a real Cinderella story, not just for a brewer but for any small business that is reshaping our region’s identity.”

With nearly 700 commercial craft breweries in California and 309 competitors in the California State Fair Commercial Craft Beer Competition, craft breweries across California continue to showcase the quality and creativity that form the foundation of this industry, according to the California Craft Brewers Association.

For four days, 97 judges sampled 39 beer style categories and 1,266 entries. You can see a list of all the winning entries here. Congratulations to the Best of Show winners, category winners and breweries that participated in the 2016 State Fair!

1st Place
Brewery: ol’ Republic Brewery
Entry Name: Dead Canary
Style: Dortmunder Export

2nd Place
Brewery: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Entry Name: Danish Red Lager
Style: Vienna Lager

3rd Place
Brewery: Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Entry Name: Windandsea Wheat
Style: Weizen/Weissbier

(Photo: ol’ Republic Brewery Facebook page)

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