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** Due to the logistical limitations of de-centralized judging we are capping paid entries at 100 and 2 entries per person, so pay your fees ASAP to ensure you hold your spots! Judge numbers permitting, we will increase the number of entries**

This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

We are asking for 4 bottles of each entry to ensure we can effectively judge the competition virtually. If less than 4 bottles are submitted you may not be eligible for Best of Show.

All shipped entries must be received at the shipping 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; entries will not be accepted after the 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 according to the 2015 BJCP guidelines. 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.


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 Weizenbock 11A 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 British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Specialty 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) PRX1 Dorada Pampeana
PRX2 IPA ArgentaPRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour
PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner  


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Session 1
Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:00 AM, EST

Session 2
Saturday, November 7, 2020 1:00 PM, EST

Best of Show
Sunday, November 15, 2020 2:00 PM, EST


Best of Show

Backbeat Brewing will select a beer from the Best of Show table to ramp-up on their system and pour at their taproom. The selected beer's brewer will be invited to be an Assistant Brewer for the brewing of their beer (pandemic permitting). Brettanomyces, sour, and barrel aged beers will not be considered for this award.



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.

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.


Awards Ceremony

Virtual - TBA
Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:00 AM, EST