24th Boston Homebrew Competition Info
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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 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 British Strong Ale||17A1 Burton 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|
|21B7 New England 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 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 Argenta||PRX3 Italian Grape Ale||PRX4 Catharina Sour|
|PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner|
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4
Judging Session Locations and Dates
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.
Virtual - TBA
Sunday, November 15, 2020 12:00 AM, EST