Thank you for your interest in the Lawrence Brewers Guild Big Brew Day Brew-Off organized by Lawrence Brewers Guild.

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Rules

Thanks for your interest in participating in the Lawrence Brewers Guild’s first Big Brew Day Brew-Off! We couldn’t put on this competition without your support, and we look forward to receiving your entries!


The LBG Big Brew Day Brew-Off is AHA-sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older. The categories and subcategories are limited and will be judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on the number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All beers in combined categories will be judged according to the style for which they were originally entered.


ACCEPTED CATEGORIES

  • CATEGORY 1: STANDARD AMERICAN BEER (1A. American Light Lager, 1B. American Lager, 1C. Cream Ale, 1D. American Wheat Beer)
  • CATEGORY 16: DARK BRITISH BEER (16A. Sweet Stout, 16B. Oatmeal Stout, 16C. Tropical Stout, 16D. Foreign Extra Stout)
  • CATEGORY 18: PALE AMERICAN ALE (18A. Blonde Ale, 18B. American Pale Ale)
  • CATEGORY 20: AMERICAN PORTER AND STOUT (20A. American Porter, 20B. American Stout, 20C. Imperial Stout)
  • CATEGORY 21: IPA (21A. American IPA, 21B. Specialty IPA)
  • CATEGORY 24: BELGIAN ALE (24A. Witbier, 24B. Belgian Pale Ale, 24C. Bière de Garde)
  • CATEGORY 25: STRONG BELGIAN ALE (25A. Belgian Blonde Ale, 25B. Saison, 25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale)
  • CATEGORY 29: FRUIT BEER (29A. Fruit Beer, 29B. Fruit and Spice Beer, 29C. Specialty Fruit Beer)
  • CATEGORY 30: SPICED BEER (30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer, 30B. Autumn Seasonal Beer, 30C. Winter Seasonal Beer)
  • SPECIAL THEME CATEGORY: CINCO DE MAYO: Let's have some fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo! This special category will include beers inspired by Mexican flavors and traditions. Entries could include anything from traditional beers like a lager (think Modelo) or beers that mimic flavors like lime, tequila or pepper. You're only limited by your own creativity! Entries must include the beer's base style and any adjuncts, spices, flavorings, etc. added.

ENTRANT ELIGIBILITY

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.).

There is no limit on the number of entries per person or per category by person.

Competition registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

All entries are due by 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Entries can be shipped or dropped off. Please allow for shipping time. No late entries will be accepted.

SCORING

There will be no scoring limits or minimums to place. Minimum score of 13 will be used for problematic beer.

Scoresheets will be uploaded and postmarked within one week of competition winners announced.

JUDGING

Judging will take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3, and 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 4.

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. We aim to have at least one BJCP certified judge in each flight.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the winners of each standard category. (The winning entry of the Cinco de Mayo category will NOT be included in the BOS judging.)

Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, during the LBG’s annual Maifest and Big Brew Day celebration. The portion of the event that includes announcement of the winners is open to anyone who entered beers in the competition.

AWARDS

Medals will be awarded for first, second and third place for each category. In addition, first place finishers will receive a prize.

TWO Scale-up awards

  • Yankee Tank Brewing will scale-up with the winner in the SPECIAL THEME CATEGORY: CINCO DE MAYO 
  • Free State Brewing Company  will scale-up with the winner of the Best Of Show (BOS)
    • This beer may not be Brett/Mixed-Fermenation, barrel-agged, or wild fermenation.

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.

Competition Official

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Frank D — Competition Coordinator

Sponsors

Lawrence Brewers Guild is proud to have the following sponsors for the Lawrence Brewers Guild Big Brew Day Brew-Off.

Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Free State Brewing Company
Thank you for scaling up our Best Of Show winner!
Yankee Tank Brewing
3520 W 6th Lawrence, KS 66049
Yankee Tank Brewing
Thank you for scaling up our SPECIAL THEME CATEGORY: CINCO DE MAYO winner!
Spike Brewing
 
Spike Brewing
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Ss Brewtech
 
Ss Brewtech
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Adventures In Homebrewing
 
Adventures In Homebrewing
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Basic Brewing
 
Basic Brewing
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
BeerSmith
 
BeerSmith
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Blichmann Engineering
 
Blichmann Engineering
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
 
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
BSG CraftBrewing
 
BSG CraftBrewing
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Cascade Beer Candi
 
Cascade Beer Candi
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Clear Beer Draught System
 
Clear Beer Draught System
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
 
Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Five Star Chemicals
 
Five Star Chemicals
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Great Lakes Hops
 
Great Lakes Hops
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Great Plains Custom Grain
 
Great Plains Custom Grain
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Kansas Hop Company
 
Kansas Hop Company
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
Omega Yeast Labs
 
Omega Yeast Labs
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
The Brew Bag
 
The Brew Bag
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!
TILT HYDROMETER
 
TILT HYDROMETER
Thank you for sponsoring prizes!