You can create your account today through Saturday, September 16, 2017 6:00 PM, EDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Friday, September 29, 2017 10:00 PM, EDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Saturday, September 16, 2017 5:00 PM, EDT.

Entry Fees

$8.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted

If a styles'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 Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental Beer 

Entry Limit

There is a limit of 105 entries for this competition.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 3 entries.

Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per subcategory.

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:

  • Cash
  • Check, made out to Midnight Homebrewers' League
  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

Entry Acceptance Rules

Please submit two (2) bottles for each entry.

Bottles may have raised lettering (such as Sam Adams bottles).  However, all other labeling should be removed, except for a competition entry label.  Bottle caps with printing must be blacked out with a permanent marker.

Entry labels must be attached to each bottle with Rubber Bands Only.  Bottles with tape, glue, or any other adhesive method will NOT be judged and entry fees will not be refunded.  Thanks for your cooperation with this.

Acceptable bottles:

  1. Any color standard crown-capped beer bottles up to 12 oz.;
  2. 375 ml. corked and caged Belgian beer bottles (NOT large 750 ml Belgian bottles or 22-oz. Bombers);
  3. Raised-lettering on bottles is OK.  All other labeling must be removed.

Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:00 AM, EDT through Saturday, September 16, 2017 6:00 PM, EDT.

Annapolis Home Brew
836 Ritchie Highway, Suite 19, Severna Park, MD 21146
(410) 975-0930
*Entries must be dropped off by close of business on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

The Flying Barrel
1781 C North Market St. Frederick, 21701
(301) 663-4491
*Entries must be dropped off by close of business on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

Maryland Homebrew
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 108, Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 290-3768
*Entries must be dropped off or received by shipment by close of business on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

Nepenthe Homebrew
3600 Clipper Mill Rd #130a Baltimore, MD 21211
(443) 438-4846
*Entries must be dropped off by close of business on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

Westminster House Of Brews
11-13 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Westminster, MD 21157
*Entries must be dropped off by close of business on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:00 AM, EDT through Saturday, September 16, 2017 6:00 PM, EDT.

Ship entries to:

Maryland Homebrew - ATTN: Union Mills
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 108, Columbia, MD 21045

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.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations and Dates

Union Mills Homestead
3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, Md 21158
Saturday, September 30, 2017 9:00 AM, EDT

Best of Show

The Best Of Show winning brewer will have his or her recipe scaled up and brewed commercially by DuClaw Brewing Company for draft sales at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants throughout Maryland.

The name of the winning homebrew is subject to the approval of the brewery.

No financial benefit is derived from winning the Best of Show prize.


Prize Categories will be established by the Competition Organizers, depending on the number, and categories, of entries received.  Prize Categories may consist of combined beer categories.

Ribbons and/or prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and (subject to the number of available prizes) 3rd Place in each Prize Category.  

Qualification for a prize, regardless of placement in any Prize Category, may require a minimum score at the discretion of the Competition Organizer.

Entrants do NOT need to be present at the Festival to win.

Awards Ceremony

Union Mills Homestead
Saturday, September 30, 2017 4:00 PM, EDT