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Rules

This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to anyone age 21 or older. An entrant is the one or more people submitting an entry. Member(s) of an entrant must have actively contributed to brewing, fermenting, and bottling an entry. An entrant may not be an entire brew club. Competition staff, judges and stewards are permitted to be entrants. Professional Brewers are permitted to be entrants as long as the entry was not brewed on commercial equipment

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 preferred entry drop off window begins Friday, 8/31, when the drop-off location opens for normal business.

All mailed entries must received at the mailing location by Saturday, 9/15 AT NOON - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations starting at location opening time on Saturday, 9/15.

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.

All entries become the property of the Strand Brewers Club and used or unused bottles will not be returned.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. A panel of at least two judges will judge each entry according to the sub-category in which it was entered. Queued Judging will be employed for large flight, with a mini-BOS round. Each flight will have at least one BJCP ranked judge. No judge will be assigned to a category for which they are entrants

Judging will be based on the 2015 BJCP Guidelines http://bjcp.org/stylecenter.php

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.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. For example, participants may enter a Belgian Pale (16B) and Belgian Saison (16C), but may not enter two Saisons, even if they are different brews, with the following styles having exception to this rule:

21B

Specialty IPA

23F

Fruit Lambic

27

Historical Beer

28A

Brett Beer

28B

Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer

28C

Soured Fruit Beer

29A

Fruit Beer

29B

Fruit and Spice Beer

29C

Speciality Fruit Beer

30A

Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

31A

Alternative Grain Beer

31B

Alternative Sugar Beer

32B

Specialty Smoked Beer

33A

Wood-Aged Beer

33B

Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

34A

Clone Beer

34B

Mixed-Style Beer

34C

Experimental Beer

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

C2B

Cider with Other Fruit

C2E

Cider with Herbs/Spices

C2F

Specialty Cider/Perry

In these styles, more than one entry per brewer is permitted if the base beer/mead/cider and/or fruit/spice/herb/special ingredients are sufficiently different such that the overall impression of each entry is distinct. For example, submission of both a mint chocolate stout and a mint chocolate porter is NOT allowed in the same style sub-category, since the overall impression is too similar. As another example, a peach melomel and nectarine melomel would NOT be allowed. However, an entrant is allowed, for example, to enter say a Mixed Fermentation Sour based on a light pale and wheat malts with peaches (a la New Belgium Eric's Ale) and a Mixed Fermentation Sour based on a strong brown ale with raisins and cherries (a la Cuvee de Tomme) together in the same category. As another example, a Chardonnay Pyment and a Zinfandel Pyment would be allowed from the same entrant. The competition organizers reserve the right to review all entry descriptions and contact the entrant and ask them to choose one only if they are deemed too similar.

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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 C1A New World Cider C1B English Cider
C1C French Cider C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry
C2A New England Cider C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2C Applewine
C2D Ice Cider 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 PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA Argenta
PRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner

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Judging Session Locations and Dates

Session 1: Ximix Craft Exploration Company - Prelim
13723 1/2 Harvard Place, Gardena, CA 90249
Friday, September 21, 2018 6:00 PM, PDT

Session 1: Ximix Craft Exploration Company - 8am
13723 1/2 Harvard Place, Gardena, CA 90249
Saturday, September 29, 2018 8:00 AM, PDT

Session 2: Ximix Craft Exploration Company - 1pm
13723 1/2 Harvard Place, Gardena, CA 90249
Saturday, September 29, 2018 1:00 PM, PDT

Session 3: Ximix Craft Exploration Company - 3pm
13723 1/2 Harvard Place, Gardena, CA 90249
Saturday, September 29, 2018 3:00 PM, PDT

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Awards

Up to 3 places will be awarded (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) in each category/table at the discretion of the judges. Honorable mention may also be given at the discretion of the judges.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round. There will be 3 separate BOS flights, one for Beer, one for Mead, and one for Cider. Up to 3 BOS places will be awarded in each flight.

Additional Recognition will be given to the High Point Brewer and also the High Point Club, for accumulating the most total points based on the following structure: 3 points for 1st place, 2 points for 2nd place, and 1 point for 3rd place.

Results will be posted to the competition web site after the judging concludes and scoresheets are verified.

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Awards Ceremony

Common Space Brewery
3411 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250
Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00 PM, PST

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