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Rules

JUDGING IS NOT OPEN TO THE CONTESTANTS OR THE PUBLIC DUE TO FACILITY SIZE RESTRICTIONS AND SAFETY CONCERNS.

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

For administrative reasons, we are not allowing mail-in entries this year.  ALL entries must be dropped off by the deadline at the designated locations.

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 miscategorized entries, dropped-off 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 entry 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.

For​ ​the​ ​sake​ ​of​ ​judging,​ ​the​ ​standard​ ​2015​ ​BJCP​ ​styles
will​ ​be​ ​placed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​following​ ​tables:

 

1. Light/Golden Ales & Lagers

BJCP Categories: 1a-c, 2a, 3a-b, 4a, 5a-d, 11a-c, 12a-b, 18a, Piwo Grodziskie, Pre-Prohibition Lager

2. Mild Amber/Brown/Dark Beers

BJCP Categories: 2b-c, 3c-d, 4b-c, 6a, 6c, 7a-c, 8a-b, 13a-b, 14a-c, 15a, 19a-c, Kentucky Common, London Brown Ale

3. Porter & Stout

BJCP Categories: 13c, 15b-c, 16a-d, 20a-b, Pre-Prohibition Porter

4. Hop-forward Pale Ales

BJCP Categories: 12c, 18b, 21a-b(1-6)

5. Wheat/Rye/Other Grain Beers

BJCP Categories: 1d, 10a-c, 31a-b (requires​ ​specification​ ​of​ ​grains​ ​and/or​ sugars used),
Roggenbier, Sahti, Gose

6. Strong Beers

BJCP Categories: 9a-c, 17a-d, 20c, 22a-d

7. Belgian & French Ales      

BJCP Categories: 24a-c, 25a-c, 26a-d

8. Fruit/Spice/Veg/Herb beers

BJCP Categories: 29a-c, 30a-c (Must​ ​state​ ​a​ ​BASE​ ​BJCP​ ​style​ ​AND​ all other ingredients in
each entry.)

9. Specialty Beers

BJCP Categories: 6b, 32a-b, 33a-b, 34a*-c***

Must​ ​state​ ​a​ ​BASE​ ​BJCP​ ​style​ ​AND​ all other ingredients in each entry.

*34a The entrant must​ ​specify​ ​the​ ​name​ ​of​ ​the​ ​commercial​ ​beer​ being cloned,
specifications (vital statistics) for the beer, and either a brief sensory description or a list of
ingredients used in making the beer.

** 34b The entrant must​ ​specify​ ​the​ ​styles​ ​being​ ​mixed.​ ​The entrant may provide an
additional description of the sensory profile of profile of the beer or the vital statistics of the resulting beer.

*** 34c The entrant must​ ​specify​ ​the​ ​special​ ​nature​ of the experimental beer, including the special ingredients or processes that make it not fit elsewhere in the guidelines. The entrant must provide vital statistics for the beer, and either a brief sensory description or a list of ingredients used in making the beer.

10. Sour Beers

BJCP Categories: 23a-f, 28a*-c***, Lichtenhainer

*28a -The entrant must​ ​specify​ ​either a base beer style (Classic Style, or a generic style family) or provide a description of the ingredients/specs/desired character. The entrant must specify if a 100% Brett fermentation was conducted. The entrant may specify the strain(s) of Brettanomyces used.

**28b - The entrant must​ ​specify​ a description of the beer, identifying the yeast/bacteria used and either a base style or the ingredients/specs/target character of the beer.

***28c - Entrant must​ ​specify​ the type of fruit, spice, herb, or wood used. Entrant must specify a description of the beer, identifying the yeast/bacteria used and either a base style or the ingredients/specs/target character of the beer. A general description of the special nature of the beer can cover all the required items.

11. Rackers Annual Challenge

Beginning in 2014 (the TTO’s 20th anniversary,) the club has added an annual challenge category strictly for “grins & giggles”. No scores will be given and as such, not included in the BOS round.  Entries will be judged in BOS style by a special panel of judges.  BEER CAN ALSO BE ENTERED IN THE REGULAR CONTEST category.  This entry must be a PAID entry to be eligible to win.


For​ ​2019​ ​the​ ​category​ ​is​ ...


“How much brew would a brewer chug, if a brew were aged on wood?”​ ​–​ ​Wood Aged ​beers​ ​only

NOTE: PLEASE SELECT STYLE 35A TO PLACE A BEER INTO THIS CHALLENGE


12. Back for 2019: the TENACIOUS BADGER CHALLENGE

Any style, but hops used must be exclusively TENACIOUS​ ​BADGER​ hops.  ​You MUST specify the Tenacious Badger hops used. BEER CAN ALSO BE ENTERED IN THE REGULAR CONTEST category. No scores will be given and as such, not included in the BOS round.  Entries will be judged in BOS style by a special panel of judges.  You may purchase TB hops from their website and enter code "titletown30" at checkout for 30% discount!  This entry must be a PAID entry to be eligible to win.
NOTE: PLEASE SELECT STYLE 36A TO PLACE A BEER INTO THIS CHALLENGE


13.​ ​REVENGE​ ​OF​ ​THE​ ​STEWARDS​ ​CHALLENGE

OPEN​ ​ONLY​ ​TO​ ​PARTICIPATING​ ​JUDGES!​ Each judge may bring ONE beer (any style) to be checked in by the contest organizer by Saturday, April 27th prior to the start of the morning round of judging.  One bottle required, you need only state the style and they will be labeled upon check-in. Stewards will be given the opportunity to judge them in BOS fashion and a prize will be awarded to the winning judge. There will be NO ENTRY FEE for these beers. These​ ​entries​ ​cannot be​ ​entered​ ​in​ ​any​ ​category​ ​in​ ​the​ ​regular​ ​competition. 

 

Entry Fees: 

1. RACKERS members and JUDGES get first entry free.

2. Check, MO or PayPal only – NO CASH! Checks should be made out to the GREEN BAY RACKERS. The Rackers are not responsible for lost entry fees on entries left at drop-off sites. Any entry lacking the appropriate fee will NOT BE JUDGED.

 

Disclaimer:

The Green Bay Rackers are solely responsible for the conduct of this contest. All leftover beer, and empty bottles become the property of the Green Bay Rackers. Entry into this competition shall constitute permission for the Rackers to publish all results on their website.

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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
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 Weizenbock 11A 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 Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B 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
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty 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 35A Racker's Challenge: Wood aged beers only (Custom Style) 36A Tenacious Badger Challenge: Beers brewed with Tenacious Badger Brand hops only (Custom Style)

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Judging Session Locations and Dates

Stillmank Brewing: Thursday Session
Thursday, April 25, 2019 6:00 PM, CDT

Stillmank Brewing: Friday Session
Friday, April 26, 2019 6:00 PM, CDT

Stillmank Brewing: Saturday AM
Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 AM, CDT

Stillmank Brewing: Saturday PM
Saturday, April 27, 2019 12:30 PM, CDT

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Best of Show

Best of Show Contest:

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.

Beers advancing to the BOS round must meet the following criteria:

(a) All table winners with a score of 30 or higher will advance to the BOS round.  As such, the minimum score for a beer to move on to BOS round shall be 30 points.  The contest organizer (in consultation with the chief judge) may adjust the base minimum score up or down In the event that the average overall scoring of the beers is exceptionally high or exceptionally low.

(b) Judges may request other beers be considered for Best of Show.

(c) All beers that achieve a score of 40 or higher will be automatically considered for Best of Show.

Best of Show winner will receive a prize donated by one of our awesome and generous sponsors.

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Awards

Place Awards:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for all category tables in which there are at least four entries. In groups where there are less than four entries, the contest organizer shall determine how many awards will be awarded be for that group. WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL BEFORE THE RESULTS ARE POSTED TO THE COMPETITION WEBSITE.

Judge’s Special Recognition Awards:

Judges reserve the right to give special recognition awards to beers of particular note, regardless of their overall score or award placement. The contest organizer may choose to award JSR awards for clever beer names at his/her discretion.

Awards Ceremony:

The awards will take place Saturday, May 4th at 12:00 PM at Stillmank Brewing Company.

The Rackers will host a multi-club brew for area clubs to participate. After the awards we will kick off the educational event.

Awards ceremony is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Rackers reserve the right to judge flights earlier in the week if flight sizes warrant. JUDGING IS NOT OPEN TO THE CONTESTANTS OR THE PUBLIC DUE TO FACILITY SIZE RESTRICTIONS AND SAFETY CONCERNS.

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

Winners must be present to receive prizes. WE WILL ONLY SHIP RIBBONS.

Awards will be available for pick up during the multi-club brew. Results will be posted to the competition web site the day of the Awards Ceremony.

Educational Event:

The Rackers will be hosting a multi-club brew where BJCP judges will be present to answer questions regarding judging. Left over contest beers will be available for tasting and discussion.

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Awards Ceremony

Stillmank Brewing Company
215 North Henry Street
Saturday, May 4, 2019 12:00 PM, CDT

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