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The cap for this competition has been reached at 141 paid entries except for Founder's Cup entries which can still be added as of 9/10

Categories are reduced so that more beers will be judged head to head against similar beers, judges palates will be less by certain styles, and so that most brewers can enter most categories. See the list of accepted styles for included styles. 

The 2018 the Founders Cup raised $200 for the Pink Boots Society who will use our donation to support their mission to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. This year's Founder's Cup 'category' is 'Ohio Grown' and is for any beer, cider or mead with a recipe using Ohio produced ingredients. Beverages of any strength or character are eligible.

- Paul Klammer, Oganizer and Judge Coordinator

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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.

We will strive to provide the best possible judging of all entries. Two or more judges will evaluate and score each entry. Judges will determine final overall score and rankings based on consensus. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers may only enter each *sub*category once. 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 not including 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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The Founders Cup charity category is limited to 3 per entrant. All entries shoudl contain at least one ingredient that is produced in Ohio.  Entries are not counted toward competition cap. 3 judges will be invited from experienced judges present at the event for a single BOS type judging round.  




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
9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA13A Dark Mild13B English Brown Ale
13C English Porter14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA
22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine
22D Wheatwine24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale
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 Ale29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer38A Founders Cup: Ohio Made (Custom Style)C1A 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/Perry  


Judging Locations and Dates

Tuesday @ The BottleHouse Brewing Company
2050 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:00 PM, EDT

Wednesday @ The BottleHouse Brewing Company
2050 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:00 PM, EDT

Saturday morning
Willoughby Brewing Company, 4057 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094
Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:00 AM, EDT

Saturday afternoon
Willoughby Brewing Company, 4057 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094
Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:30 PM, EDT

Founders Cup
Willoughby Brewing Company, 4057 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094
Saturday, September 21, 2019 3:15 PM, EDT


Best of Show

The best of show winner will receive a plaque, special prizes and possible eligibility for brewing by a Pro Brewer sponsor.



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+)

Entiries in each catetory receiving a consensus scores of 30 or greater (in style) will ranked to receive medals for for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

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.

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 October meeting, 10/21/2019.  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 post or mail all scoresheets within 10 days. 

Medals not picked up will be mailed to participants at no additional cost. Entrants will be required to pay postage to shipping addresses outside the U.S.

Placement for all categories will be posted to the competition web site within 72 hours.


Awards Ceremony

Willoughby Brewing Company
4057 Erie Street, Willoughby, Ohio, 44094
Saturday, September 21, 2019 4:30 PM, EDT