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Old 10-04-2010, 03:54 AM   #1
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I have an Oktoberfest competition coming up that I'm entering a couple of beers in. Most of my brews fall into the Speciality category (23 on the BJCP Style Guidelines) due to my additions of this, that and the other.

I make a good Prickly Pear Honey Blonde. It's a Blonde Ale (6B) with the addition of Prickly Pear Cactus Honey, Prickly Pear Syrup and Prickly Pear Black Tea in the secondary.

My debate is this... do I enter it as 6B or 23? Does the syrup and tea throw it into 23 or could it do well as a new take on 6B?

With only one beer allowed per subcategory, I'd have to decide between my Toasted Coconut Macadamia Porter or the Prickly Pear if it needs to be 23. The Porter wins over the Blonde, so if I can enter it as 6B, that would be great, but I don't want to pay an entry fee for it to fail due to being in the wrong category.

Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

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Old 10-04-2010, 04:39 AM   #2
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Styles are judged based on the guideline. Anything that is a "new take on..." would be considered a specialty beer.

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Old 10-04-2010, 05:02 AM   #3
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I boned myself on an otherwise fantastic beer because I had the wrong base style listed for a fruit beer I entered, cost me about 5 points from each judge. thats huge when you got 32 34 35 instead of maybe 37 39 40 from the judges. Moral of the story, make sure you nail the paperwork. Its almost as important as the beer itself.

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Not 6B.

Depending on how it presents itself it could be fruit beer, specialty or braggot. My guess would be fruit, but I would have to have physical access to the beer to give you guidance.

This is why beer judges do well in competitions, btw, they know what category to enter.

The toast coconut macadamia porter can go in spice herb vegetable, so you don't have a problem anyway.

Read the guidelines carefully. Beers go in 23 only if they don't fit anywhere else.

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If you have enough to enter it twice just enter one in the fruit category (20) and another in 23. Just costs you the entry fee. Be sure you enter in the base beer style correctly. Got dinged for that one myself. Remilard is correct and Toasted Coconut Macadamia Porter can go in Cat. 21.

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Thank you all for the input. It really helped me decide where to place the beers.

I ended up putting the Prickly Pear Honey Blonde in Fruit Beer (20) and the Toasted Coconut Macadamia Porter in Spice, Herb & Vegetable (21) as suggested. I entered a Pale Ale in American Pale Ale (10A). Think I got that one right on my own. LOL.

Thanks again. I'll post the results when I get them!

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Is it the ASH Oktoberfest comp? I am only entering 2, maybe 3 if I am lucky.

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Yes sir, it is the ASH Oktoberfest comp. I wish I could help judge, but I'm not getting back until the 16th in the afternoon. We'll have to compare notes after and throw back a pint or two!

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Most definitely! Sadly my Halloween party is on the 23rd, the same day as the o-fest party so I wont be attending.
on a side note, I should probably get those forms and labels filled out soon, I always seem to wait til last minute and rush through them.

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Thanks for all the advice guys!

The results are in on the beer competition. I won a bronze medal in Vegetable, Herb and Spice category for the Toasted Coconut Macadamia Porter and a gold medal for the Prickly Pear Honey Blonde in the Fruit Beer category! Woot!

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