Written by Jim Banko, U.S. Steinholding Founder

California State Steinholding Championship

We are very excited to be partnering with Beers In Sac and Natomas Oktoberfest to bring you the 2022 California State Steinholding Championship!

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Beers In Sac to bring Steinholding to the West Coast in a BIG way with California's only state-wide Steinholding tournament series that culminates with the State Championship Finals on October 1st, 2022 at the Natomas Oktoberfest at North Natomas Regional Park in Sacramento, CA! The winner of the men's and women's championship finals will be crowned the 2022 California State Steinholding Champions and will each receive $500 in prizes!

There are a limited number of spots available for the finals and you'll need to compete at one of our Qualifying Venue partner locations (listed below) to earn your spot in the finals and get your shot at the big prizes and eternal glory.

How do I qualify for the Finals?

We're partnering with breweries, bars, and festivals across the great state of California to host preliminary qualifying rounds at these venues. The winner of each Qualifying location's men's competition and women's competition will be invited to represent the venue at the Championship Round at Natomas Oktoberfest on October 1st, 2022. The different venues are listed below along with the dates and times for each Qualifying Round competition. We'll be adding more venues as the season progresses, but if your favorite Cali venue isn't hosting a competition, tell them to get registered ASAP so you can join the fun!

What are the rules?

U.S. Steinholding Association Official Competition Rules will be used in the Qualifying Round and at the State Finals Competition. There will be a team of USSA-trained judges at the finals, so study up on the rules and spend some time training to make sure your form is clean, or you won't make it far in the Championship Round!

Alright, I'm in. So where can I compete?!

Check out the initial competition map and venue list below. Don't see your favorite venue listed? Reach out to them and tell them that you DEMAND STEINHOLDING and they need to sign up! We'll be announcing more locations throughout the summer and fall so check back and follow us on FB and IG for updates. And remember- these venues will have limited spaces available for their qualifying rounds, so show up early and register in advance with the venue if you can!

VenueAddressCompetition Date
Elk Grove Brewfest 2022Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624April 15th, 2022 time TBD
Track 7 Brewing Co. Oktoberfest826 Professor Ln, #100, Sacramento, CA 95834September 17th, 2022 at 5:00pm
South of Shaw Beer Co.1755 Broadway #107, Fresno, CA 93721September 17th, 2022 at 5:00pm
Wild Barrel Brewing Co.692 Rancheros Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069September 17th, 2022 at 1:00pm
Lincoln Beer Company3083 N. Lima Street, Burbank CA 91504September 18th, 2022 - time TBD
The $30 registration fee gets you a stein to take home and a liter fill of delicious Festbier! Register here to reserve your spot in the competition: https://www.lincolnbeercompany.com/ticketed-events/ca-preliminary-steinholding-competition
Kelly Brewing Co.70 E. 4th Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037September 24th at 1:00pm
Temblor Brewing Co.'s Temblorfest3200 Buck Owens Blvd., Bakersfield CA 93308September 24th, 2022 at 2:00pm
Knee Deep Brewing Co. Oktoberfest13395 New Airport Rd., Auburn, CA 95602September 24th, 2022 at 3:00pm
Evans Brewing Co.2440 Railroad St., Corona, CA 92878September 24th, 2022 at 3:00pm
Knotty Barrel Oktoberfest844 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101September 24th, 2022 at 3:00pm
Hooby's Brewing9 E Main Street, Suite J, Winters, CA 95694September 24th at 5:00pm
Temescal Brewing4115 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609September 24th, 2022, time TBD
Dying Breed Brewing Oaktoberfest963 Shepard Court, Suite B, Oakdale CA, 95361September 24th and October 1st, 2022 at 5:00pm
Mission Brewery131 14th Street, San Diego, CA 92101September 25th, 2022 at 3:00pm
Garage Brewing Co.26015 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta, CA 92562Date/time TBD
SB Biergarten11 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101Date/time TBD
Island Brewing Company5049 6th Street, Carpinteria, CA 93013Date/time TBD

Want to compete or host a competition in a State Championship tournament? Check out the buttons below for more information!


Jim banko national steinholding champion Jim Banko is the founder of the U.S. Steinholding Association. He is the 2015 Hofbrau Masskrugstemmen National Champion and previous United States record holder for Steinholding with an official time of 17 minutes and 11 seconds.

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