2013 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Homebrew Competition Rules
This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.
For the following categories, the original gravity (OG) must be at least 1.060:
- 20A: Fruit Beer
- 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
- 21B: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
- 22C: Wood-Aged Beer
- 23A: Specialty Beer
- 26B: Braggot
"Imperialized" styles, other than those with their own BJCP sub-style such as Imperial Stout and Imperial IPA, should be placed in Category 23A.
All mailed entries must received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.
All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the entry deadline.
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 or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).
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.
Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. For example, participants may enter a Belgian Pale (16B) and Belgian Saison (16C), but may not enter two Saisons, even if they are different brews.
Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.
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 judge.
Categories with a small number of entries may be combined at the discretion of the competition organizers. The Competition Coordinator or other qualified person will review elements of beer categories and styles with each panel prior to judging.
The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show Panel based on a second judging of the top winners.