Registration

You will be able to create your account beginning Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM, CDT through Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM, CDT.

Judges and stewards may register beginning Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM, CDT through Monday, July 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM, CDT.

Entry Registration

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM, CDT through Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM, CDT.

Entry Fees

$8.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Categories Accepted

If a sub-category's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the sub-category's requirements..

3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager3C Czech Amber Lager
3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles4B Festbier
4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier5B Kolsch
5C German Exportbier5D German Pils6A Marzen
6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock7A Vienna Lager
7B Altbier7C Kellerbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock9B Eisbock
9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock23A Berliner Weisse27A Historical Beer
27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer
27A4 Roggenbier29A Fruit Beer29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer
32B Specialty Smoked Beer33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
34A Clone Beer34C Experimental Beer 

Entry Limit

There is a limit of 300 entries for this competition.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per sub-category – exceptions are detailed below.

Each entrant is limited to 2 entries for for the following sub-categories:

  • 27A: Historical Beer
  • 29A: Fruit Beer
  • 29B: Fruit and Spice Beer
  • 29C: Speciality Fruit Beer
  • 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
  • 32B: Specialty Smoked Beer
  • 33A: Wood-Aged Beer
  • 33B: Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
  • 34A: Clone Beer
  • 34C: Experimental Beer

Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

Entry Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist two (2) 10 to 12 ounce capped bottles (no exceptions) that are void of all identifying information, including labels. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. 

Anything other than 10 to 12 ounce capped bottles will not qualify for the competition.  Should a bottle be submitted outside of this size range it will not be judged.  If entry fees have been submitted with the entries they will be returned to the participant minus any transaction fees.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants for any reason.

Brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top and corked bottles will be accepted.

Completed bottle labels must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from the entry website. Bottle labels should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

Please fill out the entry information completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry. 

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. For example, participants may enter a Czech Pale Lager (3A) and Czech Premimum Pale Lager (3b), but may not enter two Czech Premimum Pale Lagers, even if they are different brews.

Recipes are not required. Should an entrant provide their recipe they will retain the rights to it.

Entries submitted in categories 27A, 29A, 29B, 29C, 30A, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B, 34A, 34C MUST have a German Bier base style.

Disclosure of Special Ingredients is REQUIRED for categories 07C, 29A, 29B, 29C, 30A, 32B, 33A, 33B, 34A, 34C.

Bottles must be free of labels or other easily identified marks. Re-used Commercial bottles with embossed logos are allowed but discouraged.

Failure to submit entries properly will NOT exclude them from being judged or evaluated, however it may no longer be eligible for competition prizes.

Rules and regulations subject to change.

Drop-Off Location

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM, CDT through Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM, CDT.

Norther Brewer (Milwaukee)
1306 S 108th St, Milwaukee, WI 53214
414-935-4099

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM, CDT through Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM, CDT.

Ship entries to:

Northern Brewer (Milwaukee)
1306 S 108th St, Milwaukee, WI 53214

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations and Dates

German Fest at the lake Early
200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 9:15 AM, CDT

German Fest at the lake Afternoon
200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM, CDT

BOS
200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM, CDT

Awards

The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

Awards Ceremony

German Fest Milwaukee
Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 12:00 PM, CDT

Circuit Qualification

Midwest Homebrewer of the Year