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The 2017 Maryland Microbrewery Festival Homebrew Competition is a BJCP-sanctioned competition open to all amateur homebrewers. Please read through these Rules to avoid any confusion later.

A. Entry limitations and exceptions:

  1. Registration will be done at, through which all entries will be created.
  2. The Entry Fee is $8 per entry. (Members of the Midnight Homebrewers' League receive a $2/entry discount.  Join da club to get the discount!).  We prefer PayPal, but payment may also be made via cash or check payable to the Midnight Homebrewers' League.
  3. The competition is open to beer styles only. No mead or cider.
  4. Sour Ales may be entered and are eligible for Category Prizes. However, Sour Ales are NOT eligible for the Best of Show. Sorry, thanks for your understanding.
  5. SPECIAL RULES apply to Fruit Beers; Spice, Herb & Vegetable Beers; Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer; and various other Specialty beers. It is the entrants' responsibility to be familiar with the BJCP Style Guidelines for the categories you are entering, and make the proper identifications of any special ingredients, base style, processes, etc.
  6. The competition will be limited to 100 entries.  In this way, we are able to judge the entire competition in the morning of the festival, so that Judges and Stewards are able to enjoy the festival in the afternoon.
  7. Entries will be judged by qualified BJCP beer judges against the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines:
  8. All entries must be brewed exclusively by homebrewers on homebrew equipment. Beers brewed on commercial equipment, or at a Brew-On-Premises facility, are not permitted.

B. Bottle Requirements:

  1. 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.
  2. We require two (2) bottles of each entry. Acceptable bottles are:
    • Standard 11.2 - 12 oz. crown-capped bottles; or
    • 375 ml. corked and caged Belgian bottles (which will fit into a standard case box).
    • No bombers or full sized Belgian bottles, please.
  3. Remove all labeling. Raised lettering (such as Sam Adams bottles) is acceptable. Caps must be plain, or all printing blacked out.
  4. Include a copy of a printed Entry Form with one of your two entry bottles.
  5. If paying with cash or check, please put your payment inside a plastic zip-lock bag and wrap it around one of your entry bottles with the rubber band.

C. Other/General (sorry this is long; previous questions and issues cause us to include these)

  1. Organizers and Judges will NOT re-categorize entries.  Entrants are responsible for selecting the proper category for your entries.  If you have any questions about where to enter a beer, you may contact us for assistance.
  2. Organizers will group entries into logical Prize Categories for judging purposes, based upon the number of entries received in given (or similar) categories, and the available number of Judges and Prizes.
  3. Category Prizes and/or Ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and (subject to prize availability) 3rd Place winners in each Prize Category.
  4. Distribution of Score Sheets and Prizes:  Score Sheets will be available to entrants who are present at the Festival, AFTER the winners have been announced.  Otherwise, score sheets will either be mailed, or scanned and emailed.  Most of the Competition Staff goes camping the week immediately after the Festival, so please allow two weeks after the festival to receive your score sheets.  We prefer to distribute Prizes by dropping them off at various homebrew supply shop locations for pick-up by winners who shop at those locations.  We do this where it makes sense, to save the costs of shipping heavy prize packages all over the place.  Other prizes are mailed out where necessary.
  5. All entrants, by creating and submitting one or more entries, agree and consent to the following:
    • All prize winners' names will be made public;
    • Prize winners' names and email addresses may be provided to the Sponsor(s) of any prizes won by the entrant, if a particular Sponsor wishes to know who won the prizes donated by that Sponsor;
    • Prize winners will provide their prize winning entry's recipe at the request of the Competition Organizer;
    • The Best Of Show winner will be brewed by DuClaw Brewing Company for draft sales at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants throughout Maryland. The name of the Best of Show winning beer is subject to approval for commercial brewing purposes;
  6. Competition organizers bear no responsibility for broken, mis-placed, or missing entries, or for software errors. Every effort will be made to contact entrants in time to replace missing or broken bottles. If we break or lose an entry due to our error, and a replacement bottle is not available from you in time, the entrant's fee will be refunded. Otherwise..
  7. With the exception of paragraph 6. above, entry fees are non-refundable.
  8. No financial benefit is derived from the commercial brewing of the Best Of Show winning beer.  The schedule for brewing and tapping of the Best of Show winning beer is subject to the needs and schedule of the brewery and Buffalo Wild Wings.
  9. One more time...PLEASE do not use any tape or glue to attach bottle labels to bottles. Use Rubber Bands Only. We're not kidding this year, bottles with anything other than rubber bands to attach labels will NOT be judged, and entry fees will not be refunded.



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 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 


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