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This competition is for German (& Czech) style beers only. Sour German beers (e.g., Gose, Berlinner Weisse, etc. are not included in this competion).�  Specialty smoked beers are accepted with German Base Styles ONLY (e.g., smoked helles, smoked alt).

This competition is AHA/BJCP sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older that meet one of the following criteria:

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time. If you are entering both the Cincinnati Bockfest (March 2) and this competition (March 9) - you may ship your entries together as long as they are clearly labeled for easy sorting!

All entries will be picked up from drop-off and shipping locations at 5 pm on the drop off/shipping deadline date.

Judges and Stewards may hand carry entries on day of the event.  Please let us know ahead of time if you will be hand carrying entries.

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. For example, participants may enter a Belgian Pale (16B) and Belgian Saison (16C), but may not enter two Saisons, even if they are different brews.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine 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.


BJCP 2015 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.

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 Kellerbier 8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock
10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock
27A4 Roggenbier32B Specialty Smoked Beer  


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Session Locations and Dates

LIberty Home Association
Saturday, March 9, 2019 9:00 AM, EST


Best of Show

Municipal Brewing Company will brew the BOS beer.



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


Awards Ceremony

Liberty Home Association
2361 Hamilton-Cleves Rd (Rt 128), Hamilton, Ohio 45013
Saturday, March 9, 2019 2:00 PM, EST