Registration

You can create your account today through Friday, October 20, 2017 9:00 PM, PDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Friday, October 20, 2017 9:00 PM, PDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Friday, October 13, 2017 7:00 PM, PDT.

Entry Fees

$8.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted

If a styles's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental BeerC1A New World Cider
C1B English CiderC1C French CiderC1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional PerryC2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C ApplewineC2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet MeadM2A CyserM2B Pyment
M2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit MeadM2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadM4A Braggot
M4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead 

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per subcategory.

Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

Entry Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist two 12 ounce capped bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. Swing top or 22 oz bottles will not be accepted

In order to provide anonymity of brewer’s bottles during the judging, it’s important they do not contain distinguishing characteristics, therefore we REQUIRE that all entries meet the following guidelines:

  • To enter your brews, please proceed through the registration process.
  • Each entry consists of two (2) brown or green glass, 10 to 14 ounce bottles of homebrew (this means no bombers!). Each bottle has no label (adhesive or painted) or other distinguishing marks.

      ◦  Bottles with raised glass lettering are discouraged but permitted.

  • Each bottle is capped with an unmarked cap.

       ◦  Use a permanent black marker to obliterate any and all words or pictures on the caps. No flip top or screw cap bottles.

  • Corked bottles meeting the above standards are permitted provided they are capped over or have a cage retaining the cork.
  • Entry forms (labels) should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable and will result in disqualification of the entry.
  • Non-compliant bottles will be disqualified. Any non-compliant bottles received may be judged (at the discretion of the competition organizers) but are not eligible for mini-best of show or awards.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2015 BJCP StyleGuidelines. Failure to note such ingredients, carbonation levels, or sweetness may impact the judges’ scoring of your entry.

Specialty Categories Requiring Additional Information:

  • Category 21B, please specify type
  • Category 25B, please specify both the strength (table, standard, super) and the color (pale, dark.)
  • Category 28, please provide some type of info base beer description and the fermentation strain(s) used.  
  • Please provide a base beer style for categories 29, 30A, 31, 32, 33, 34.  

Mandatory requirements for meads taken from http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Mead.pdf:

  • Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (still; petillant or lightly carbonated; sparkling or highly carbonated).
  • Entrants MUST specify strength level (hydromel or light mead; standard mead; sack or strong mead).
  • Entrants MUST specify sweetness

Please also note "Optional Requirements" which are not required but recommended, Category-Specific Requirements, and Defaults in the BJCP 2015 Mead Guidelines -  http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Mead.pdf.

For ciders, please be sure to specify both a carbonation level and sweetness.  Please note different categories will have different levels of sweetness.  For more info please refer to http://bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Cider.pdf.  Finally, please be sure to specify specialty ingredients on categories C2B, C2E, C2F.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Sunday, October 1, 2017 9:00 AM, PDT through Friday, October 13, 2017 3:00 PM, PDT.

Vegas Homebrew
5140 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 207-2337
*Sunday, October 01, 2017, at 10:00 AM, PDT through Friday, October 13, 2017, at 3:00 PM, PDT.

U Bottle It
2230 West Horizon Ridge Pkwy, # 150 Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 565-5040
*Sunday, October 01, 2017 at 10:00 AM, PDT through Friday, October 13, 2017 at 3:00 PM, PDT.

SNAFU October Monthly Meeting
Aces and Ales, 3740 S. Nellis, Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 265-7139
*Friday October 13, 2017, 7 PM

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:00 AM, PDT through Friday, October 13, 2017 3:00 PM, PDT.

Ship entries to:

Vegas Homebrew Attn: Winterfest
5140 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations and Dates

TBD Depending on # Entries
Location TBD
Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:00 PM, PDT

James and Cheryllynn’s house
7304 Covington Gardens St. Las Vegas, NV 89131
Friday, October 20, 2017 7:00 PM, PDT

Aces and Ales West
2801 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Best of Show

All first, second, and third place winners receive medals signifying the event.

First, second, and third Best of Show will also receive recognition awards plus prizes from our sponsors.

Thank you for your support and good luck!

Awards

The awards ceremony will take place after the competition at approximately 6:00 PM. 

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category/table will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected. Entries considered for best of show must be judged at 35 points or higher.

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 e-mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site within 48 hours after the ceremony concludes.

Awards Ceremony

Aces And Ales Tenaya (West)
2801 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, October 21, 2017 6:00 PM, PDT