Competition Official

Registration Window

You will be able to register your entries beginning Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 5:00 AM, PDT through Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM, PDT.

Entry Window

Entries will be accepted at our shipping and drop-off locations beginning Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5:00 AM, PDT through Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM, PDT.

Entry Fees

$6.00 per entry. $4.00 per entry after the 1st entry.

Payment

After registering and inputting entries, all participants must pay their entry fee(s).

Judging Locations and Dates

Valley Brewers
515 Fourth, Solvang, Ca
Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM, PDT

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company
45 Industrial Way Buellton, Ca 93427
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM, PDT

Categories Accepted

1A Lite American Lager1B Standard American Lager1C Premium American Lager
1D Munich Helles1E Dortmunder Export2A German Pilsner (Pils)
2B Bohemian Pilsener2C Classic American Pilsner3A Vienna Lager
3B Oktoberfest/Marzen4A Dark American Lager4B Munich Dunkel
4C Schwarzbier5A Maibock/Helles Bock5B Traditional Bock
5C Doppelbock5D Eisbock6A Cream Ale
6B Blonde Ale6C Kolsch6D American Wheat or Rye Beer
7A Northern German Altbier7B California Common Beer7C Dusseldorf Altbier
8A Standard/Ordinary Bitter8B Special/Best/Premium Bitter8C Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
9A Scottish Light 60/-9B Scottish Heavy 70/-9C Scottish Export 80/-
9D Irish Red Ale9E Strong Scotch Ale10A American Pale Ale
10B American Amber Ale10C American Brown Ale11A Mild
11B Southern English Brown Ale11C Northern English Brown Ale12A Brown Porter
12B Robust Porter12C Baltic Porter13A Dry Stout
13B Sweet Stout13C Oatmeal Stout13D Foreign Extra Stout
13E American Stout13F Imperial Stout14A English IPA
14B American IPA14C Imperial IPA15A Weizen/Weissbier
15B Dunkelweizen15C Weizenbock15D Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)
16A Witbier16B Belgian Pale Ale16C Saison
16D Biere de Garde16E Belgian Specialty Ale18A Belgian Blond Ale
18B Belgian Dubbel18C Belgian Tripel18D Belgian Golden Strong Ale
18E Belgian Dark Strong Ale19A Old Ale19B English Barleywine
19C American Barleywine20A Fruit Beer21A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
21B Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer22A Classic Rauchbier22B Other Smoked Beer
22C Wood-Aged Beer23A Specialty Beer 

Bottle Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist of three (3) 12 to 22 ounce capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms and recipe sheets must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

Shipping Location and Address

Valley Brewers
515 Fourth Place Solvang, California 93463

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Do not over pack! Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

Enclose your each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which beer has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

It is not against any Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) regulations or federal laws to ship your entries via privately owned shipping company for analytical purposes. However, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHIP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs' officials at their discretion. It is solely the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Drop Off Location

Valley Brewers
515 Fourth Place Solvang, California 93463
(805)691-9159

Awards

The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

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 may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.