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There are 200 entries in selelcted categories. Less categories allow for better judging since more beers are judged head to head against similiar beers, judges palates are less fatiguedthe competition can run fast and smooth. Sorry, no ciders, meads excepting Founder's Cup entries, high ABV and most sours are not included. See the list of accepted styles for included styles. 

In 2017 the Founders Cup charity category sponsor, Carl Spiesman Brick and Barrel owner and brewer plus your entries fees gave $370 to the Cleveland Food Bank. That's 1000+ meals you contributed to. This year's 'category' is 'Methinks Isles Have Others'. Brittish, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ales, ciders and meads of any strength or character are eligible.

- Joe Koss, Competition Organizer and Paul Klammer, Judge Coordinator


This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

All mailed entries must received at the Willoughby Brewing by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.

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 mis-categorized entries, mailed 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.

Highest possible judging of all entries our focus. Two or more judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank entry by category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers may only enter each *sub*category once. The Founders Cup charity category is limited to 3 per entrant. Example: participant can enter a Belgian Pale (16B) and Belgian Saison (16C), but may not enter two Saisons.

Exception: two entries are allowed for 29A, Fruit Beer and 29B, Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer.

Maximum entries for each entrant including collaborative entries will be 7 with additional 3 entries in Founder's Cup category.

Categories may be combined by organizer based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All entries 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.


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Entries are not counted toward competition cap. Up to 3 entries per person are allowed.  3 judges will be invited from experienced BJCP judge members present at the event for a single round, Best of Show type tasting.  Entries do not contribute to NAHC Circuit results.  2018 entries proceeds will be donated to The Pink Boots Society ( 




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 Schwarzbier10A 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
18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale
19B California Common19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter
20B American Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA
22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison
25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel
27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale29A Fruit Beer29B Fruit and Spice Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer33A Wood-Aged Beer
36A Founders Cup: Irish, Scottish, and English Beers, Ciders, and Meads (Custom Style)C1A New World CiderC1B English Cider
C1C French CiderC1D New World PerryC1E Traditional Perry
C2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other FruitC2C Applewine
C2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/SpicesC2F Specialty Cider/Perry


Judging Locations and Dates

Willoughby Brewing Company
4057 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094
Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:00 AM, EDT


Best of Show

As always our best prize is given to best of show winner along with a plaque and eligibility for brewing by our Pro Brewer sponsors.



Founders Cup award for the special category will be presented during the Best if Show judging (3:30pm+)

The competition awards will take place once judging is completed (4pm+)

Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table with 4 scores of 30 or greater. Placements for scores less than 30 will be assigned, announced and published, but medals will not be awarded.

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.

The Founders Cup winner, and all category winners are eligible for consideration for  brewing at Willoughby Brewing Company as determined by their Brewmaster, Rick Seibt.

Additional prizes will be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.  Prizes awarded to those not present at the awards ceremony can be picked up at a Little Mountain Homebrewers June meeting, 6/18/2018.  You must let us know in advance to bring your prize(s) to the meeting.

Score sheets will be available for pick up during Best of Show judging. Best effort will be made to mail all scoresheets out within 3 days. 

Medals not picked up will be emailed to participants.

Placement for all categories will be posted to the competition web site within 48 hours.


Awards Ceremony

Willoughby Brewing Company
4057 Erie Street, Willoughby, Ohio, 44094
Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:30 PM, EDT


Circuit Qualification

King of the Mountain is a North Appalachian Homebrewing Championship (NAHC) circuit competition. For details see: