The Suncoast Barley Mashers Oktoberfest in October is an AHA sanctioned, German beer only competition open to any home brewer age 21 or older. The competition will be limited to 150 entries. Brewers will be required to submit three (3) 12-ounce bottles. Larger bottles and smaller bottles along with swing top Grolsch type bottles will not be accepted. Bottles will not be returned to entrants for any reason. The Suncoast Barley Mashers are not responsible for miscategorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.
Entry window: August 15- September 28, 2022
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KEG COMPETITION – Keg entries
Each entry will consist three (3) 12 ounce capped bottles (no exceptions) that are void of all identifying information, including labels. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.
Anything other than 12 ounce capped bottles will not qualify for the competition. Should a bottle be submitted outside of this size range it will not be judged. If entry fees have been submitted with the entries they will be returned to the participant minus any transaction fees.
Bottles will not be returned to entrants for any reason.
Completed bottle labels must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from the entry website. Bottle labels should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.
Bottles must be free of labels or other easily identified marks. Re-used Commercial bottles with embossed logos are allowed but discouraged.
All entries must be entered under the name of the brewer.
All entries must be handcrafted products, and made using private equipment by home brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).
All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline – please allow for shipping time.
All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the entry deadline.
Under no circumstances will walk-in entries be allowed.
The Suncoast Barley Mashers reserves the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries. All possible efforts will be made to combine or group similar styles. Combined or grouped entries 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 Vienna Lager (7A) and Altbier (7b), but may not enter two Vienna Lagers, even if they are different brews.
Entries submitted in categories 29A, 29B, 30A, 32A, 32B, 33A, & 34A MUST have a German beer base style.
Categories with a small number of entries may be combined at the discretion of the competition organizers. The Competition Coordinator or other qualified person will review elements of beer categories and styles with each panel prior to judging.
Rules and regulations subject to change.
4. PALE MALTY EUROPEAN LAGER
4A Munich Hellas
4C Hellas Bock
5. PALE BITTER EUROPEAN BEER
5A German Leichtbier
5C German Hellas Exportbier
5D German Pils
6. AMBER MALTY EUROPEAN LAGER
6C Dunkles Bock
7. AMBER BITTER EUROPEAN BEER
7A Vienna Lager
7D Kellerbier: Pale Kellerbeir
7E Kellerbier: Amber Kellerbier
8. DARK EUROPEAN LAGER
8A Munich Dunkel
10. GERMAN WHEAT BEER
10B Dunkles Weissbier
34. SPECIALTY BEER
23A Berliner Weisse
27E Piwo Grodziskie
29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer
30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
32A Classic Style Smoke Beer
32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer
34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed Style
During the awards ceremony the Suncoast Barley Mashers will host their German Oktoberfest in October at Vetterbrew Homebrew shop on October 22nd, from 12 noon to 5 pm. The event is free to the public and all are welcomed to attend! If you would like to participate in the keg competition please observe the following:
· All home brewers and home brew clubs are invited to enter the competition and participate in the event.
· Registration is free for the people’s choice keg competition.
· You are required to bring a full 5 gallon keg or equivalent in bottles for each entry you would like to exhibit and enter into competition. Enter Here
· All German styles of beer are accepted. However, the beer must be German in nature. Non-German based beers will be disqualified.
· 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals will be awarded for the overall winners of the judged competition and for the people’s choice winners.
KEG COMPETITION – Keg entries
The awards ceremony will take place October 22nd, 2022.
Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. In order to qualify for an award, the beer needs a minimum score of 30.
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.
Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.
The awards ceremony will be held at Vetterbrew Home brew supply on October 22nd, from 12 noon to 5 pm. The awards will be announced around 3 pm.