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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 mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.

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

Judges and stewards maydrop off entries the morning of the competition by 8:30.

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 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.

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 British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale
17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine
20C Imperial Stout27A9 London Brown AleC1A New World Cider
C1B English Cider C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry
C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2F Specialty Cider/Perry
M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead
M2A Cyser M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead
M4C Experimental Mead   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Sessions and Dates

BBF Judging
Saturday, April 9, 2022 9:00 AM, EDT



The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

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

Olentangy River Brewing will select one entry from the Best of Show round to be brewed and sold by the brewery. Selection of the entry is at the discretion of Olentangy River Brewing, it may or may not be the Best of Show winner. The winner will have the opportunity to help brew the beer at Olentangy River Brewing.

Entries in the British Strong Ale (17A) category are automatically entered in the Lucci Cup. The winner will receive an award and bragging rights for the year. The award is named for Susan Lucci, a perennial nominee for best actress in the daytime Emmy awards, but only won once (the 19th time out of 21 nominations.) You won't win this category.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick-up after the ceremony concludes. Awards will be mailed back to participants not present. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.


Awards Ceremony

Olentangy River Brewing
303 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Saturday, April 9, 2022 2:00 PM, EDT