2020 Green Bay Rackers Titletown Limited Homebrew contest rules
Drop off Open Now! Judging April 18th
JUDGING IS NOT OPEN TO THE CONTESTANTS OR THE PUBLIC DUE TO FACILITY SIZE RESTRICTIONS AND SAFETY CONCERNS.
–This competition is BJCP sanctioned
-The 2020 contest is open to Rackers members only. (good reason to sign up!) We do have plans to expand further in the future.
-ALL entries must be dropped off by the deadline at the designated locations.
-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 miscategorized entries, dropped-off 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 entry 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 the 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.
Entry fee and Drop off locations
Drop off only. No mail ins. House of Homebrew 410 Dousman st. Now thru Friday April 3rd. During regular business hours
Final Drop Off and Registration day is at the April 4th club meeting (TBD) 1-4pm
Entry Fees: $5.00
- RACKERS members and JUDGES get first entry free.
- Check or MO only for drop off entries.
- Cash or Credit Cards will be accepted at April 4th meeting drop off only. Checks should be made out to the GREEN BAY RACKERS. The Rackers are not responsible for lost entry fees on entries left at drop-off sites. Any entry lacking the appropriate fee will NOT BE JUDGED.
- Please enclose registration form and payment with dropped off entries
Submissions – please use this Registration form and these Bottle labels
–Two (2) bottles required per entry. A 3rd “insurance” bottle may be sent and is a good idea.
-Brown or green bottles capable of holding 12-16 ounces and must meet other requirements listed below.
NOT ALLOWED – 1⁄2 liter bottles, plastic bottles, clear glass bottles, and ceramic swing top type bottles.
-Bottles must be free of all labels.
-Caps MUST be solid-colored OR blacked out with permanent marker.
-Standard BJCP BOTTLE LABELS must be attached to each bottle with rubber bands. DO NOT use tape or glue.
Judging Session Locations and Dates
Titletown Brewing. April 18th. 8am till complete
(We may add the Friday the 17th if needed depending on amount of entries)
Best of Show Contest:
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.
Beers advancing to the BOS round must meet the following criteria:
(a) All table winners with a score of 30 or higher will advance to the BOS round. As such, the minimum score for a beer to move on to BOS round shall be 30 points. The contest organizer (in consultation with the chief judge) may adjust the base minimum score up or down In the event that the average overall scoring of the beers is exceptionally high or exceptionally low.
(b) Judges may request other beers be considered for Best of Show.
(c) All beers that achieve a score of 40 or higher will be automatically considered for Best of Show.
Place Awards: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for all category tables in which there are at least four entries. In groups where there are less than four entries, the contest organizer shall determine how many awards will be awarded be for that group.
WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL BEFORE THE RESULTS ARE POSTED TO THE COMPETITION WEBSITE.
Judge’s Special Recognition Awards:
Judges reserve the right to give special recognition awards to beers of particular note, regardless of their overall score or award placement. The contest organizer may choose to award JSR awards for clever beer names at his/her discretion.
The awards ceremony will take place Saturday April 18th, 5pm at Titletown Brewing.
Awards ceremony is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
All 2015 BJCP styles accepted. Entries will be placed in the following tables for judging:
- Light/Golden Ales & Lagers
BJCP Categories: 1a-c, 2a, 3a-b, 4a, 5a-d, 11a-c, 12a-b, 18a, Piwo Grodziskie and Pre-Prohibition Lager will use category 27 and must declare which sub by name
- Mild Amber/Brown/Dark Beers
BJCP Categories: 2b-c, 3c-d, 4b-c, 6a, 6c, 7a-c, 8a-b, 13a-b, 14a-c, 15a, 19a-c, Kentucky Common, London Brown Ale will use category 27 and must declare which sub by name
- Porter & Stout
BJCP Categories: 13c, 15b-c, 16a-d, 20a-b, Pre-Prohibition Porter will use category 27 and must declare which sub by name
- Hop-forward Pale Ales
BJCP Categories: 12c, 18b, 21a-b(1-6)
- Wheat/Rye/Other Grain Beers
BJCP Categories: 1d, 10a-c, 31a-b (requires specification of grains and/or sugars used), Roggenbier, Sahti, Gose will use category 27 and must declare which sub by name
- Strong Beers
BJCP Categories: 9a-c, 17a-d, 20c, 22a-d
- Belgian & French Ales
BJCP Categories: 24a-c, 25a-c, 26a-d
- Fruit/Spice/Veg/Herb beers
BJCP Categories: 29a-c, 30a-c (Must state a BASE BJCP style AND all other ingredients in each entry.)
- Specialty Beers
BJCP Categories: 6b, 32a-b, 33a-b, 34a*-c*** Must state a BASE BJCP style AND all other ingredients in each entry.
*34a The entrant must specify the name of the commercial beer being cloned,
specifications (vital statistics) for the beer, and either a brief sensory description or a list of ingredients used in making the beer.
** 34b The entrant must specify the styles being mixed. The entrant may provide an additional description of the sensory profile of the beer or the vital statistics of the resulting beer.
*** 34c The entrant must specify the special nature of the experimental beer, including the special ingredients or processes that make it not fit elsewhere in the guidelines. The entrant must provide vital statistics for the beer, and either a brief sensory description or a list of ingredients used in making the beer.
- Sour Beers
BJCP Categories: 23a-f, 28a*-c***, Lichtenhainer will use category 27 and must declare which sub by name
*28a -The entrant must specify either a base beer style (Classic Style, or a generic style family) or provide a description of the ingredients/specs/desired character. The entrant must specify if a 100% Brett fermentation was conducted. The entrant may specify the strain(s) of Brettanomyces used.
**28b – The entrant must specify a description of the beer, identifying the yeast/bacteria used and either a base style or the ingredients/specs/target character of the beer.
***28c – Entrant must specify the type of fruit, spice, herb, or wood used. Entrant must specify a description of the beer, identifying the yeast/bacteria used and either a base style or the ingredients/specs/target character of the beer. A general description of the special nature of the beer can cover all the required items.
- Rackers Annual Challenge
Beginning in 2014 (the TTO’s 20th anniversary,) the club has added an annual challenge category strictly for “grins & giggles” therefore, no scores will be given nor included in the BOS round. Entries will be judged in BOS style by a special panel of judges. THE BEER CAN ALSO BE ENTERED IN A REGULAR CONTEST category but will need to follow the standard entry rules and this entry must be a PAID entry to be eligible to win.
For 2020 the Rackers annual Challenge category is … Partigyle! Parti-gyling means getting multiple beers out of the same mash.
Any styles accepted. Brewers MUST enter at least 2 beers from the same mash that will be judged, considered and compared as one entry.
The Green Bay Rackers are solely responsible for the conduct of this contest. All leftover beer, and empty bottles become the property of the Green Bay Rackers. Entry into this competition shall constitute permission for the Rackers to publish all results on their website.
The Rackers reserve the right to judge flights earlier in the week if flight sizes warrant. JUDGING IS NOT OPEN TO THE CONTESTANTS OR THE PUBLIC DUE TO FACILITY SIZE RESTRICTIONS AND SAFETY CONCERNS.
Any awards or score sheets not picked up at the ceremony will be available the following Wednesday at house of Homebrew