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Big Brew Day Brew-Off

May 5

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.

ENTRIES
• This competition is capped at 100 total entries. 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.

SHIPPING LOCATION
• Courtney Servaes, 21212 W. 46th St., Shawnee, KS 66218

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
• Courtney Servaes’ house, 21212 W. 46th St., Shawnee, KS 66218 (arrange drop-off by emailing cservaes6@gmail.com or texting 913.426.1607)
• Leigh Keck’s house, 2231 Barker Ave., Lawrence, KS 66046 (arrange drop-off by emailing leighkeck@gmail.com or texting 913.579.5192)
• Each entry requires two 12-ounce bottles (with rubberband, no markings, etc.) Any lettering or graphics on the caps should be completely obscured with a black marker so as to maintain anonymity. Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
• The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline or entries that arrive damaged.

ENTRY FEES
• There is a $7 per entry fee for non-Lawrence Brewers Guild members.
• There is a $5 per entry fee for Lawrence Brewers Guild members.
• Payment can be made via PayPal to payment@lawrencebrewers.org or via check attached to entries. Make checks payable to Lawrence Brewers Guild.

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, at Yankee Tank Brewing’s production facility, 807 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, KS 66046. 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.) The Best of Show winner will be awarded a scale-up at Free State Brewing. (The scale-up beer cannot have Brett or mixed-fermentation, be barrel-aged or wild.)
• 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 & SCALE-UPS
• The Best of Show winner will be awarded a scale-up at Free State Brewing. (The scale-up beer cannot have Brett or mixed-fermentation, be barrel-aged or wild.)
• The winner of the Cinco de Mayo category will be awarded a scale-up at Yankee Tank Brewing.
• Medals will be awarded for first, second and third place for each category. In addition, first place finishers will receive a prize.
• 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.

TIMELINE
• 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17: Competition registration window opens.
• 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21: Competition registration window closes and entries are due.
• 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3: Judging takes place at Yankee Tank Brewing production facility, 807 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, KS 66046.
• 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 4: Judging takes place at Yankee Tank Brewing production facility, 807 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, KS 66046.
• 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5: Winners are announced during the LBG’s annual Maifest and Big Brew Day celebration at Yankee Tank Brewing production facility, 807 E. 23rd St., Lawrence, KS 66046. The portion of the event that includes announcement of the winners is open to anyone who entered beers in the competition.

Details

Date:
May 5
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Venue

Yankee Tank Brewing
807 E. 23rd St.
Lawrence, 66046 United States
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