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Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Nevada State Homebrew Competition!  The competition is open to all homebrewers who live in NV.

Below are the vitals – 

  • 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines are in effect.
  • Be sure to note required info on specialty category beers, meads, ciders.
  • 2 bottles per entry
  • 1 entry per subcategory limit
  • Open to all BJCP categories including mead and cider
  • October 13, 2017 entry deadline
  • October 13, 2017 shipping deadline – 3pm for both shipped/hand delivered entries at Vegas Homebrew or UBottleIt, or hand delivered only at the SNAFU club meeting at 7pm on February 10.

Thanks for looking, and best of luck to all entrants! 

More details below.  Get to brewin!

2017 Nevada State Homebrew Competition is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition open to any NV homebrewer age 21 and older.  Professional brewers are permitted to be entrants as long as the entry was not brewed on commercial equipment at a commercial facility.  

An entry is a set of TWO bottles from a single batch of beer, cider or mead. (1st round plus best of show). 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.).

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

  • 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 silver or gold 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 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.

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

  • 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 -

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  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.

Completed entry forms must be submitted with all entries, and should be printed directly from this website. Recipe forms are NOT required.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients, carbonation levels, or sweetness may impact the judges’ scoring of your entry. Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

Entries can be shipped or hand delivered (during normal business hours) to the drop off locations - 

Vegas Homebrew  Attn: SNAFU Winterfest  5140 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146 702-207-2337

UBottleIt  Attn: SNAFU Winterfest 2230 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy #150, Henderson, NV 89052 702-565-5040

The categories for 2017 Nevada State Homebrew Competiton include all 2015 BJCP beer styles, as well as cider and mead styles.  Please refer to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for all categories and styles, which can be found at

An entrant is the one or more people submitting an entry. Member(s) of an entrant must have actively contributed to brewing, fermenting, and bottling an entry. Every member must be at least 21 years of age.

Entrants are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. For example, participants may enter a Belgian Tripel (26C) and Belgian Dark Strong Ale (26D), but may not enter two Belgian Dark Strong Ales, even if they are different brews. No member of an entrant may submit another entry of the same subcategory, whether as an individual entrant, a member of the same entrant, or a member of another entrant.

Judges and stewards will be allowed to enter the competition, but no judge or steward will be assigned to a category for which they are entrants.

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.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry according the 2015 BJCP guidelines ( The consensus score will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

This competition will be held on Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21, 2017 at:

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

October 21, 10:00AM - Aces and Ales Tenaya - 2801 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Judging will not be open to spectators or brewers.  Brewers and spectators are welcome to join the awards ceremony at Aces Tenaya on Saturday October 21, 6:00 PM.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Blue Ribbon Panel based on a second judging of the top winners.


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.

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 


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!



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