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Rules

** Due to strong interest and the limits of our judging site we are capping paid entries at 500, so pay your fees ASAP to ensure your entries get in!! **

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.

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BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

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 Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer35A New England Style IPA (Custom Style)36A Double-strength New England Style IPA (Custom Style)
C1A New World CiderC1B English CiderC1C French Cider
C1D New World PerryC1E Traditional PerryC2A New England Cider
C2B Cider with Other FruitC2C ApplewineC2D Ice Cider
C2E Cider with Herbs/SpicesC2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry Mead
M1B Semi-Sweet MeadM1C Sweet MeadM2A Cyser
M2B PymentM2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit Mead
M2E MelomelM3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
M4A BraggotM4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead

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Judging Locations and Dates

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

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Best of Show

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.

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Awards

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.

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