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We are thrilled to announce that the top three Best of Show winners will have the opportunity to brew at Down The Road Beer Co. in Everett MA.
This competition will feature a separate category for New-England style IPA! See the accepted styles list for more info.
This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.
All shipped entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.
All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations promptly after the entry deadline.
All entries must be paid for prior to the entry deadline date. Any entries not paid for by then will be disqualified.
All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities).
Entries made at Brew on Premises are allowed if the entrant(s) performed ALL the work required to make the entry, including packaging.
The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.
Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP-certified judge.
More than one entry per sub-category per entrant is allowed. But please make sure the entries are uniquely identified on the entry form and the bottle labels. Example: Name one English IPA#1 and the other English IPA#2
The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories and restructure awards based on number of entries. Reasonable effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.
The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.
Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.
|1A American Light Lager||1B American Lager||1C Cream Ale|
|1D American Wheat Beer||2A International Pale Lager||2B International Amber Lager|
|2C International Dark Lager||3A Czech Pale Lager||3B Czech Premium Pale Lager|
|3C Czech Amber Lager||3D Czech Dark Lager||4A Munich Helles|
|4B Festbier||4C Helles Bock||5A German Leichtbier|
|5B Kolsch||5C German Exportbier||5D German Pils|
|6A Marzen||6B Rauchbier||6C Dunkels Bock|
|7A Vienna Lager||7B Altbier||7C Kellerbier|
|8A Munich Dunkel||8B Schwarzbier||9A Doppelbock|
|9B Eisbock||9C Baltic Porter||10A Weissbier|
|10B Dunkels Weissbier||10C Weizenbock||11A Ordinary Bitter|
|11B Best Bitter||11C Strong Bitter||12A English Golden Ale|
|12B Australian Sparkling Ale||12C English IPA||13A Dark Mild|
|13B English Brown Ale||13C English Porter||14A Scottish Light|
|14B Scottish Heavy||14C Scottish Export||15A Irish Red Ale|
|15B Irish Stout||15C Irish Extra Stout||16A Sweet Stout|
|16B Oatmeal Stout||16C Tropical Stout||16D Foreign Extra Stout|
|17A English Strong Ale||17B Old Ale||17C Wee Heavy|
|17D English Barleywine||18A Blonde Ale||18B American Pale Ale|
|19A American Amber Ale||19B California Common||19C American Brown Ale|
|20A American Porter||20B American Stout||20C Imperial Stout|
|21A American IPA||21B Specialty IPA||21B1 Belgian IPA|
|21B2 Black IPA||21B3 Brown IPA||21B4 Red IPA|
|21B5 Rye IPA||21B6 White IPA||22A Double IPA|
|22B American Strong Ale||22C American Barleywine||22D Wheatwine|
|23A Berliner Weisse||23B Flanders Red Ale||23C Oud Bruin|
|23D Lambic||23E Gueuze||23F Fruit Lambic|
|24A Witbier||24B Belgian Pale Ale||24C Biere de Garde|
|25A Belgian Blond Ale||25B Saison||25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale|
|26A Trappist Single||26B Belgian Dubbel||26C Belgian Tripel|
|26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale||27A Historical Beer||27A1 Gose|
|27A2 Piwo Grodziskie||27A3 Lichtenhainer||27A4 Roggenbier|
|27A5 Sahti||27A6 Kentucky Common||27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager|
|27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter||27A9 London Brown Ale||28A Brett Beer|
|28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer||28C Wild Specialty Beer||29A Fruit Beer|
|29B Fruit and Spice Beer||29C Speciality Fruit Beer||30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer|
|30B Autumn Seasonal Beer||30C Winter Seasonal Beer||31A Alternative Grain Beer|
|31B Alternative Sugar Beer||32A Classic Style Smoked Beer||32B Specialty Smoked Beer|
|33A Wood-Aged Beer||33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer||34B Mixed-Style Beer|
|34C Experimental Beer||35A New England Style IPA (Custom Style)||36A Double-strength New England Style IPA (Custom Style)|
|C1A New World Cider||C1B English Cider||C1C French Cider|
|C1D New World Perry||C1E Traditional Perry||C2A New England Cider|
|C2B Cider with Other Fruit||C2C Applewine||C2D Ice Cider|
|C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices||C2F Specialty Cider/Perry||M1A Dry Mead|
|M1B Semi-Sweet Mead||M1C Sweet Mead||M2A Cyser|
|M2B Pyment||M2C Berry Mead||M2D Stone Fruit Mead|
|M2E Melomel||M3A Fruit and Spice Mead||M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead|
|M4A Braggot||M4B Historical Mead||M4C Experimental Mead|
Prelim Judging 1
30 Claflin St Belmont MA
Thursday, May 3, 2018 8:00 PM, EDT
Sam Adams office at Design Center
1 Design Center Pl #850, Boston, MA 02210
Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 AM, EDT
The brewers of the top three Best of Show beers will have the opportunity to brew at Down The Road Beer Co. with founder & head brewer, Donovan Bailey in Everett, MA.
BJCP judges under BJCP competition standards, rules, and regulations will judge all entries.
The 1st place entry in each beer category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.
Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the Best of Show round.
Ciders and Meads will compete in the Best of Show flight for overall winners and top prizes, but are not eligible for the Down the Road brewing prize.
Entries scoring under 25 points out of 50 may not be eligible for an award.
Score sheets will be available on the competition website a few days after the competition. Prizes will be shipped to winners.
Table and Best of Show medalists will be posted to the competition web site after the competition concludes and we have verified all data entry is correct.