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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.


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
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A 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
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale28A Brett Beer28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer
32B Specialty Smoked Beer33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer


Judging Locations and Dates

Brew Depot - Monday Night Session
10595 Old Alabama Rd Con #10, Alpharetta, GA 300221
Monday, March 5, 2018 6:30 PM, EST

Brew Depot - Tuesday Night Session
10595 Old Alabama Rd Con #10, Alpharetta, GA 300221
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 6:30 PM, EST

Brew Depot - Wednesday Night Session
10595 Old Alabama Rd Con #10, Alpharetta, GA 300221
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 6:30 PM, EST

Brew Depot - Optional Thursday Night Session
10595 Old Alabama Rd Con #10, Alpharetta, GA 300221
Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:00 PM, EST

Brew Depot - Afternoon Session
10595 Old Alabama Rd Con #10, Alpharetta, GA 300221
Saturday, March 10, 2018 12:00 AM, EST

Brew Depot - Morning Session
10595 Old Alabama Rd Con #10, Alpharetta, GA 300221
Saturday, March 10, 2018 9:00 AM, EST


Best of Show

1st, 2nd & 3rd place Best Of Show (BOS) will be awarded special ribbons and recognition.



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.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up at the Beer Fest. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.


Awards Ceremony

Suwanee Beer Fest
Suwanee, GA
Saturday, March 17, 2018 2:00 PM, EDT