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Rules

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

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.

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.

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. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

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

The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories 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.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

Please see the "Best of Show" section for information about an additional scale up opportunity open to Missouri residents only.

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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
4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier5B Kolsch
5C German Exportbier5D German Pils6A Marzen
6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock7B Altbier
7C Kellerbier 8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier
9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter
10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock
11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter
12A English Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA
13A Dark Mild13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter
14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export
15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout
16A Sweet Stout16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout
16D Foreign Extra Stout17A English Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale
17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine
18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale
19B California Common19C American Brown Ale20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29C Speciality Fruit Beer
30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer 30C Winter Seasonal Beer
31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer
32B Specialty Smoked Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer
PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA ArgentaPRX3 Italian Grape Ale
PRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner 

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Judging Session Locations and Dates

The Home Brewery
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM, CDT

The Home Brewery
Saturday, October 26, 2019 1:00 PM, CDT

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Best of Show

In addition to standard Best of Show judging, an additional round of judging for entries within the counties listed below will be conducted with local brewers. In order for your beer to advance to this round, you must have won a medal in the primary competition. These brewers have the option to accept any number of beers to brew or none, for either a pro-am or scale up as they choose. Lost Signal Brewing Company will be judging for a scale up or GABF Pro-AM opportunity.. They are not required to scale up a beer and may choose to brew a GABF Pro-Am entry if they wish to. 

 

If you wish to participate in our scale-up competition, you must have a physical address in the following counties, and must send an additional (3rd) bottle of the beers you wish to enter, clearly stating on the label that the entry is for our scale up.

Counties: Barry, Barton, Bates, Baxter, Benton, Boone, Camden, Carroll, Cedar, Christian, Conway, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Fulton, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Izard, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Pulaski, Saint Clair, Searcy, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Washington, Webster and Wright.

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Awards

The awards ceremony will take place at 1:00 PM at Lost Signal Brewing Company in Springfield, Missouri. 

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. The Best of Show judging will be conducted immediately preceding the Awards Ceremony.

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

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Score sheets not picked up will be e-mailed to participants. Awards not picked up will be mailed to winners. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

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Awards Ceremony

Lost Signal Brewing
610 W College St, Springfield, MO 65806
Saturday, November 2, 2019 1:00 AM, CDT

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