A couple of hometown brewers placed well in the 18th annual Battle of the Brews last weekend, hosted by the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa: the guys at 101 North won Best American-Style IPA during the Craft Cup competition for their tasty Heroine IPA, while Old Redwood Brewing took top honors among Specialty Ales with their Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout.

The event drew a good crowd to the fairgrounds on Saturday, and proceeds this year benefited North Bay Challenger Little League. Here are some images of the show.

Best in show honors went to Heretic Brewing, lately relocated close to Wine County with a new brewery in Fairfield, with  their Shallow Grave porter.

Here’s the full list of winners at the Craft Cup, which was a professionally juried competition:

Category Brewery/Cidery Beer
Best Imperial IPA Fall River Brewing Company Widowmaker Double IPA
Best American IPA 101 North Brewing Company Herione IPA
Best American Ale Heretic Brewing Company Evil Twin
Best Dark Ale, Porter, or Stout Heretic Brewing Company Shallow Grave
Best Light Beer or Lager Fall River Brewing Company NorCal Blond
Best European Beer Drake’s Brewing Company Drake’s Hefe
Best Specialty Ale Old Redwood Brewing Company Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Best Cider or Sour Vermont Hard Cider Company Woodchuck Amber
Best of Show Heretic Brewing Company Shallow Grave


On the people’s favorite front, where the attendees picked their favorites, top beer honors went to Fall River Brewing up in Redding. Here are the People’s Choice results for both beer and food:

Category Restaurant/Brewery/Cidery
Craft Cup People’s Choice Best Brewery/Cidery Fall River Brewing Company
Craft Cup People’s Choice Best Food The Farmer’s Wife
Main Event People’s Choice Best Brewery/Cidery Smith & Forge Cidery
Main Event People’s Choice Best Food Mary’s Pizza Shack


The competition also featured a sandwich competition, hosted by our colleague over at the Bite Club Eats blog. Here are those results:

Category Restaurant Sandwich
Best Cold Sandwich Fig & Vine Catering Bahn Mi
Best Hot Sandwich La Rosa Tequileria & Grille Bolillo de Pancita de Puerco con Agave Nectar and Tamarindo
Most Creative Savvy on First The Angry Bird
Most Meat-Tastic Belly Left Coast Kitchen & Taproom Braised Pork Shoulder with Slow Braised Pork Belly & Twelve-Day Bouse Curried Pork Belly Sliced Charcuterie
Runner Up Earth’s Bounty Kitchen & Wine Bar Pulled Duck Biscuit
Best in Show John Ash & Company Devil’s Gulch Pork Tenderloin Schnitzel


And of course, not to be forgotten,  there was the homebrew competition. Here are those results as well, with local homebrew standout Greg Rasmussen leading the field:

Category Homebrewer Place
IPA Greg Rasmussen 1
IPA Peter Logan 2
IPA Jason Saling 3
German Beers Greg Rasmussen 1
German Beers Greg Rasmussen 2
German Beers Ben Barcellos 3
Pilsners & Light Beers Chris/Edward Rich 1
Pilsners & Light Beers Matt Kennedy 2
Pilsners & Light Beers Tim/Alex O’Meara 3
English Ales & Barleywines Dustin Carver 1
English Ales & Barleywines Mike Kelly 2
English Ales & Barleywines Greg Rasmussen 3
Porters & Stouts Mike Kelly 1
Porters & Stouts Abram/Zac/Lucas Gearig/McDiarmid/Fackler 2
Porters & Stouts Greg Rasmussen 3
American Ales Greg Rasmussen 1
American Ales Greg Rasmussen 2
American Ales Norm Benson 3
Beilgian Ales Jon Zellner 1
Beilgian Ales Sean O’Connor 2
Beilgian Ales Curtis Given 3
Best of Show Greg Rasmussen – Pale Ale 1
Best of Show Mike Kelly – Oatmeal Stout 2
Best of Show Greg Rasmussen – IPA 3


– Sean Scully