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Account Registration

You can create your account today through Friday, April 21, 2023 5:00 PM, EDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Friday, April 21, 2023 9:00 PM, EDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Tuesday, April 18, 2023 5:00 PM, EDT.


Entry Fees

$10.00 (USD) per entry.


BJCP 2021 Styles Accepted

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter
12A British Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA
13A Dark Mild13B British 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 Barley Wine
20C Imperial Stout27A9 SahtiC1A 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   


Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Each entry will consist of capped or corked bottles or cans 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. 12 oz cans with no markings or labels will be accepted.

Cider and mead entries may submit one bottle since they are not eligible for Best of Show.

Bottles or unopened cans will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed bottle labels must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website after payment. Labels should be attached to bottle labels using rubber bands.

Please fill out the entry information completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. 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.


Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Monday, April 3, 2023 8:00 AM, EDT through Thursday, April 20, 2023 5:00 PM, EDT.

Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

Buckeye BrewCraft
1766 E Dublin Granville Rd. Columbus, OH 43229

Gentile's The Wine Sellers
1565 King Avenue Columbus, OH 43212

Olentangy River Brewing
303 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Monday, April 3, 2023 8:00 AM, EDT through Thursday, April 20, 2023 5:00 PM, EDT.

Ship entries to:

Olentangy River Brewing
303 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

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. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose 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 entry 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.


Judging Sessions and Dates

BBF Judging
Saturday, April 22, 2023 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 Irish Red Ale category (15A) 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 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 22, 2023 1:30 PM, EDT