Oktoberfest in October – 2022

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

ENTER HERE  – Competition 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. 

2015 BJCP Styles Accepted


4A Munich Hellas

4B Festbier

4C Hellas Bock


5A German Leichtbier

5B Kolsch

5C German Hellas Exportbier

5D German Pils


6A Marzen

6B Rauchbier

6C Dunkles Bock 


7A Vienna Lager

7B Altbier

7C Kellerbier

7D Kellerbier: Pale   Kellerbeir

7E Kellerbier: Amber   Kellerbier 


8A Munich Dunkel

8B Schwarzbier 


10A Weissbier

10B Dunkles Weissbier 


9A Doppelbock

9B Eisbock

23A Berliner Weisse

27A Gose

27C Lictenhainer 

27E Piwo Grodziskie

27H Roggenbier 

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

Keg Competition

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.



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.