VanBrewers Awards Info
Registration is closed.
Entry registration is closed.
This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.
All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.
All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off 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.
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.
Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.
The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.
The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.
Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
BJCP 2008 Judging Styles
If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.
|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||3A Vienna Lager|
|3B Oktoberfest/Marzen||4A Dark American Lager||4B Munich Dunkel|
|4C Schwarzbier||5A Maibock/Helles Bock||5B Traditional Bock|
|5C Doppelbock||5D Eisbock||6A Cream Ale|
|6B Blonde Ale||6C Kolsch||6D American Wheat or Rye Beer|
|7A Northern German Altbier||7B California Common Beer||7C Dusseldorf Altbier|
|8A Standard/Ordinary Bitter||8B Special/Best/Premium Bitter||8C Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)|
|9A Scottish Light 60/-||9B Scottish Heavy 70/-||9C Scottish Export 80/-|
|9D Irish Red Ale||9E Strong Scotch Ale||10A American Pale Ale|
|10B American Amber Ale||10C American Brown Ale||11A Mild|
|11B Southern English Brown Ale||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 Imperial Stout||14A English IPA|
|14B American IPA||14C Imperial IPA||15A Weizen/Weissbier|
|15B Dunkelweizen||15C Weizenbock||15D Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)|
|16A Witbier||16B Belgian Pale Ale||16C Saison|
|16D Biere de Garde||16E Belgian Specialty Ale||17A Berliner Weisse|
|17B Flanders Red Ale||17C Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin||17D Straight (Unblended) Lambic|
|17E Gueuze||17F Fruit Lambic||18A Belgian Blond Ale|
|18B Belgian Dubbel||18C Belgian Tripel||18D Belgian Golden Strong Ale|
|18E Belgian Dark Strong Ale||19A Old Ale||19B English Barleywine|
|19C American Barleywine||20A Fruit Beer||21A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer|
|21B Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer||22A Classic Rauchbier||22B Other Smoked Beer|
|22C Wood-Aged Beer||23A Specialty Beer||24A Dry Mead|
|24B Semi-Sweet Mead||24C Sweet Mead||25A Cyser|
|25B Pyment||25C Other Fruit Melomel||26A Metheglin|
|26B Braggot||26C Open Category Mead||27A Common Cider|
|27B English Cider||27C French Cider||27D Common Perry|
|27E Traditional Perry||28A New England Cider||28B Fruit Cider|
|28C Applewine||28D Other Specialty Cider or Perry|
Entry Acceptance Rules
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3
Each entry will consist of capped or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.
12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles.
Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.
All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry and can be printed directly from this website. Entry paperwork should be attached to bottles by the method specified on the bottle label.
Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.
Judging Sessions and Dates
Sunday, June 6, 2021 12:00 AM, +12 through Sunday, June 6, 2021 12:00 AM, +12
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.