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Old 10-23-2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone, I have a dilemma. I am throwing a small local homebrew competition at my buddies pub and I need some ideas. I don't think there is going to be a lot of entrants since the brewing scene in my area is pretty small, maybe 10 brewers. I figured it would probably be a good idea to limit the catagories to light/pale ales, dark ales, and specialty beers just to keep it simple. Beers will be judged according to their specific style but there will only be 3 main catagories plus a crowd favorite award. My hope is that this will draw some people out of the woodwork and we will have a larger competition down the road. what do you guys think, how should I approach this?



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Old 10-23-2008, 06:00 PM   #2
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Maybe not exactly what your looking for but it might provide you with a little helpful info..

AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition Program



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Old 10-23-2008, 06:01 PM   #3
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Just keep it real. Don't be too simplistic as to drive off more experienced / dedicated brewers...and don't be so complicated as to drive off the little guy...and your judges.
Who is judging?
you might keep a separate class for IPA's if they are popular in your area. I'd hate to have a good ipa up against a good pale and have a judge that's not much of a fan of hops! You end up with some inherent subjectivity in the judging if your categories are too broad.

Sounds like fun though...want some mail in entries?

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my problem is I've only had a few people commit so far and so I'm afraid if I have to many catagories there wont be enough entrants. I like the idea of a separate IPA category.I checked out the BJCP rules, I am concerned about making it too complicated, being that it's probably going to be a small competition. I have a couple microbrewery distributors and Commercial brewers that are going to judge as well as the pub patrons.

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You should post the area you're doing this in. Maybe there are some HBT'ers in the area.

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Old 10-23-2008, 06:35 PM   #6
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thats a good Idea, i didn't know I could do that.

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I think he means for you to tell us where you are to get the word out....your location is not in your profile.

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Old 10-23-2008, 10:49 PM   #8
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oh,gotcha. It will be in Redding, CA

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my problem is I've only had a few people commit so far and so I'm afraid if I have to many catagories there wont be enough entrants. I like the idea of a separate IPA category.I checked out the BJCP rules, I am concerned about making it too complicated, being that it's probably going to be a small competition. I have a couple microbrewery distributors and Commercial brewers that are going to judge as well as the pub patrons.
Well, I think you should allow ALL categories, but combine them for judging. What I mean is this- If I brew a killer American Light Lager, but you're looking for pale ales, I won't enter. So allow ALL recognized BCJP categories. Judge them to style. Then award a medal for the places, but group them in American, English, Special, etc.

For example, I won second place in a contest in Green Bay, WI for my California Common. The first place was an American lager. Not even the same category! But it made sense- he got like a 41, I got a 37. Different style, but combined since it was few entries. If they would have only allowed American lagers, I wouldn't have even entered the contest.
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Judge each beer against it's exact style (like Yoop said), but group them more generally and let the top scores win. Here's what we did this past spring.

Light Ales
6A. Cream Ale
6B. Blonde Ale
6C. Kölsch
6D. American Wheat or Rye Beer
8A. Standard/Ordinary Bitter
8B. Special/Best/Premium Bitter
8C. Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
10A. American Pale Ale
10B. American Amber Ale*
14A. English IPA
14B. American IPA
14C. Imperial IPA
15D. Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)
16A. Witbier
16B. Belgian Pale Ale
16C. Saison
16D. Bière de Garde
16E. Belgian Specialty Ale*
17B. Flanders Red Ale
18A. Belgian Blond Ale
18C. Belgian Tripel
18D. Belgian Golden Strong Ale
19A. Old Ale*
21A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer*


Dark Ales
9A. Scottish Light 60/-*
9B. Scottish Heavy 70/-*
9C. Scottish Export 80/-*
9D. Irish Red Ale*
9E. Strong Scotch Ale
10C. American Brown Ale
11A. Mild*
11B. Southern English Brown
11C. Northern English Brown Ale
12A. Brown Porter
12B. Robust Porter
12C. Baltic Porter
13A. Dry Stout
13B. Sweet Stout
13C. Oatmeal Stout
13D. Foreign Extra Stout
13E. American Stout
13F. Russian Imperial Stout
15A. Weizen/Weissbier
15B. Dunkelweizen
15C. Weizenbock*
17A. Berliner Weisse
17C. Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin
17D. Straight (Unblended) Lambic
17E. Gueuze
17F. Fruit Lambic
18B. Belgian Dubbel
18E. Belgian Dark Strong Ale
19B. English Barleywine*
19C. American Barleywine*
21B. Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer*


Light Lagers
1A. Lite American Lager
1B. Standard American Lager
1C. Premium American Lager
1D. Munich Helles
1E. Dortmunder Export
2A. German Pilsner (Pils)
2B. Bohemian Pilsener
2C. Classic American Pilsner
3B. Oktoberfest/Märzen
5A. Maibock/Helles Bock
7B. California Common Beer
22A. Classic Rauchbier*
22B. Other Smoked Beer*
22C. Wood-Aged Beer*


Dark Lagers
3A. Vienna Lager*
4A. Dark American Lager
4B. Munich Dunkel
4C. Schwarzbier (Black Beer)
5B. Traditional Bock
5C. Doppelbock
5D. Eisbock
7A. Northern German Altbier
7C. Düsseldorf Altbier



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