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2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:48 pm

Here is a partial list of 2015 competitions, to be updated as more information becomes available. This list is by no means exhaustive - the AHA and the BJCP both maintain more detailed lists. This list tends to focus on MCAB qualifiers, local comps, and/or competitions that club members have tended to enter with some regularity. If you're aware of a competition that's not listed that interests you, let me know and I'll add it. The club will ship your competition entries - PM me for info.

In some cases, a competition will have been registered in one year with the BJCP while its website still shows info for the prior year. ALWAYS CHECK THE COMPETITION WEBSITE AGAINST WHAT'S LISTED BELOW!. I'm trying to get brewers plenty of advance notice, so I'm pulling most of this list off of the BJCP site. If you find something on a competition's site that conflicts with the list, PM me or post a reply to this thread and I'll update the list. Also, even though it's not posted below, a competition may have entry limits, so check the site and register early!

In general, it's safe to assume that entries are due 1-2 weeks before judging takes place (except for NHC and a few of the other large competitions, where entries may be due much earlier).

Let's cut the shuck and jive....

    Boneyard Brewoff
    Date: Jan 17
    Location: Champaign, IL
    Entry fee: $7 for the first entry, $5 for each subsequent entry
    URL: http://www.buzzbrewclub.org/competition
    Registration opens: Dec 26
    Registration closes: January 6
    Entries due: Jan 2-Jan 13 (judge walk-ins allowed)
    No more than two entries per entrant per BJCP category

    Upper Mississippi Mashout
    MCAB Qualifier
    Registration opens: Dec 12
    Registration closes: Dec 31
    Date: Jan 24
    Location: St. Paul, MN
    URL: https://mashout.org/index.html
    Entry Fee: $7/entry
    Entries Due: Jan 5

    Champion of the Pint
    Date: Feb 7
    Location: O'Fallon, MO (please volunteer to judge or steward)
    Entry Fee: $8/entry
    Registration Opens: Dec 27
    Entry Deadline: Jan 23 (club will not ship to this competition)
    URL: http://www.garagebrewers.com/champion-of-the-pint/


    Mid-Winter Homebrew Competition
    MCAB Qualifier
    Date: Feb 21
    Location: Milwaukee, WI
    URL: http://www.midwinterhbc.com/
    Entry Fee: $8/entry
    Entry Deadline: Feb 7


    Drunk Monk Challenge
    MCAB Qualifier
    Date: Mar 14
    URL: http://knaves.org/DMC/index.html
    Entry Deadline: March 6 (entries capped at 800)
    Entries Due: March 6
    Entry Fee: $7/entry

    Blue Bonnet
    Advertised as the world's largest single-site competition
    Date: March 21
    Entry Fee: Free(!) (That's can't be right....please check the site!)
    URL: http://bluebonnetbrewoff.org/
    Entry Deadline: Feb 19

    National Homebrew Competition
    First Round Judging Dates: March and April 2015 (Please Volunteer to Help Judge or Steward in STL!)
    First Round Entries Due: Mar 2 - Mar 11
    Entry Fee: $14
    Entry Limit: Based on number of entries requested
    Final Round Judging: June 11
    Final Round Awards Announced: June 13
    URL: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/c ... formation/

    Spirit of Free Beer
    MCAB Qualifier
    Date: April 18th
    Entry Deadline: April 9th
    Entries Due: April 9th
    Entry Fee: $7/entry
    URL: http://sofb.brewcomp.com/
    Location: Beltsville, MD


    Oregon Homebrew Festival
    MCAB Qualifier
    Date: May 16
    Entries Due: May 2
    Entry Fee: $8/entry
    URL: http://register.hotv.org/
    Location: Albany, OR


    Ohio Brew Week
    Date: July 11th
    Entries Due: June 26th (400 entry limit)
    Entry Fee: $8/entry
    URL: http://obw.brewcomp.com/
    Location: Athens, OH


    For What It's Wort
    Date: July 25th
    Entries Due/Registration Closes: July 11th (250 entry limit)
    Entry Fee: $7/entry
    Location: Bloomington, IL
    URL: http://www.forwhatitswort.com

    Babble Brewoff
    Date: August 15
    Entries Due/Registration Closes: August 8 (150 entry limit, no more than two entries per entrant)
    Location: Libertyville, IL
    Entry Fee: $8/entry
    URL: http://brewoff.brewcomp.com/

    Picnique Belgique
    Date: September 12
    Entries Due: September 1
    Registration Window: July 1-September 1
    Location: Kansas City, MO
    Entry Fee:$8/entry
    Styles Accepted - Belgian Styles Only (2015 Guidelines)
    URL: http://www.graintoglass.biz/competition/



    The Schooner
    Date: September 14 (BOS, earlier rounds judged the prior ten days)
    Entry Window: Aug 8-22 (capped at 625 entries)
    Entries Due: Aug 22
    Entry Fee: $8/entry
    URL: http://theschooner.org/

    Alabama Brewoff
    Date: October 3rd
    Entry Window: August 24-30 (275 entry limit, no more than 10 entries/person)
    Entries Accepted: August 31-Sep 18
    Entry Fee: $5/entry
    BoS Prize: $1000
    URL: http://www.alabamabrewoff.com/



    New England Regional Homebrew Competition
    MCAB Qualifier
    Date: October 24
    Entry Window: Sep 8-Oct 9 (capped at 450 entries - and they usually fill up quickly)
    Entries Due: Oct 9
    Entry Fee: $8/entry
    URL: http://www.bfd.org/NERHBC/





    Foam Cup
    MCAB Qualifier
    Date: Nov 14
    Entry Window: Oct 3 - Oct 31 (capped at 650 entries)
    Entries Due: Oct 31
    Entry Fee: $7/entry
    URL: http://www.foamcup.us/
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:41 pm

List is updated with dates for registering/delivery of entries to the Mashout and Boneyard, plus some info about Drunk Monk and the KC Bier Meisters. Mashout registration opens this week!
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:04 pm

The entry due date for the Mashout has changed - entries are now due Jan 5th. I'll ship early next week to allow time for weekends and holidays.

Registration for the Boneyard Brewoff opens on Friday, and Champion of the Pint opens on Saturday.

Midwinter HBC registration opens a week from Saturday. In addition to being an MCAB qualifier, they are offering three different pro-am opportunities:

    Milwaukee Brewing Company - Will choose one Extra Special / Strong Bitter entry (BJCP category 8C) to be brewed up at the Milwaukee Ale House.

    Moonlight Meadery - Will choose one Mead entry (BJCP categories 24 A-C, 25 A-C, 26A, & 26C) to qualify for their 2015 Pro Am Competition.

    Water Street Brewery - Will choose one Cider entry (BJCP categories 27 & 28) to be made at the Water Street Brewery.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:52 pm

Registration for Midwinter and KCBM is now open. I registered for Midwinter today and it's over half full. I don't have any information on KCBM entries yet but if it's anything like last year they're filling up quickly.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:20 am

List is updated with additional information about Drunk Monk and Spirit of Free Beer. Both are large copmetitions which attract lots of skilled brewers and are MCAB qualifiers. Registration for both events is now open.

If you have Drunk Monk entries, please let me know in the next week or so and the club will ship. I will collect for Spirit of Free Beer at the March meeting.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:58 pm

We are getting to the time of year when there are more festivals and less competitions, but I've added a couple of upcoming competitions, including the next MCAB qualifier. If you'd like to ship to OR, please give me your entries at one the Microfest sessions. There is also a smaller competition coming up in Kentucky in early June. I'll collect for that at the May meeting.

I don't have it on the list because it's spread out over a couple of months, and you get shipping information via email after signing up, but the Sam Adams Longshot is coming up. Entries are due on May 16th. You'll need four bottles for the first round, and six for the second should you advance. More info at https://www.samueladams.com/longshot (you may need to create an account to see anything useful).

If there are any other competitions you see that you'd like to enter, let me know and the club will ship.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Thu May 07, 2015 4:52 pm

Updated to include Ohio Brew Week.

The Indiana Brewer's Cup is scheduled for that same weekend (July 11th) but registration information is not available yet.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:04 pm

Updated to include the Brewer's Cup in Indiana. They've moved to a new website this year that is integrated better with the rest of the state fair. The Brewer's Cup is one of the larger comps out there, is an MCAB qualifier, and is one of the best to volunteer at if you want to judge and would like a road trip. If you want to ship there, I need to have your entries by June 20th.

There are also two smaller comps in Illinois coming up in the next couple of months, For What It's Wort and the Babble Brewoff. Details on both of them are posted above.

Finally, the GermanFest Stein Challenge in Milwaukee is scheduled for July 25th, although their web site isn't up yet. I'll add them to the list when it's official. They are a bit unusual in that they limit themselves to German styles only. The Milwaukee Beer Barons have a strong judging pool so this is a good one to enter.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:04 pm

Added Blue Ridge (MCAB qualifier), Picnique Belgique, and Alabama Brewoff. Note that the Alabama competition fills up very quickly, so if you want to enter, plan on registering as soon as the site opens.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby siwelwerd » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:45 pm

jeffjm wrote:Note that the Alabama competition fills up very quickly, so if you want to enter, plan on registering as soon as the site opens.


That $1000 grand prize sure seems to do the trick of encouraging folks to enter! I'll also point out that we're one of the first competitions switching over to the 2015 guidelines, so send us all your Session IPAs and Australian Sparkling Ales. All of the MCAB competitions should be doing the 2008 guidelines for the remainder of this calendar year.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:27 am

Added a bunch of new competitions, including Dayton Draft, the Schooner, and New England Regional, and fixed a typo in the entry window for Blue Ridge showing the entry window was open past the due date.

If anyone would like to ship to the upcoming comps, please let me know. I won't be at the meeting tomorrow but we can make alternate arrangements for pickup. Schooner entries need to go out by the 18th, Picnique Belgique around the 26th, and Dayton and Blue Ridge on the 31st.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:53 am

Updated to include Foam Cup and Dixie Cup. I will collect for Dixie Cup and Alabama Brewoff at the September meeting.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:26 am

Updated to include Music City. I will collect for it and NERHC at the October meeting.

Update: I will also collect for Hoppy Halloween.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:39 am

Added Greater Topeka. Please contact me if you have entries.
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Re: 2015 Competitions

Postby jeffjm » Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:43 pm

Updated the Foam Cup URL after they had problems with their hosting company. I just registered a few beers and they look to be under a third of the way to hitting their entry limit.
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