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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in the interest of maintaining proper health protection protocols, we are indefinitely postponing this year's Cherry Blossom competition. It was a difficult decision to make, but ultimately, the health of our friends in the homebrew community supercedes any optional homebrew event. 

All entry fees will be refunded. If you have already dropped off an entry, you may retrieve it from the drop-off location. Shipped entries will not be returned. 

If you have signed up to judge or steward the event, please be advised NOT to show up on Mar 28 at the judging location. 

We apologize for any inconvenience, but it's the right thing to do. If we decide to hold it later this year, you will be notified. 


On-line registration is required.

You may enter up to three (3) different beers into the competition, as long as each entry complies with the rules of this competition. You may enter more than one beer in a major category, but you may NOT enter more than one beer in the same sub-category. The entry fee is $8. 

Please list any and all Co-Brewers under the "General" heading on the "Add an Entry" page.

Entries require two (2) bottles each. Individual bottle labels should be printed from this program, and affixed to the bottles with rubber bands. ===> PLEASE DO NOT USE TAPE OR GLUE <===

All entries become the property of DC Homebrewers.

It is the entrant's responsibility to enter his or her beer in the proper category, as specified in the 2015 BJCP "Style Guidelines." No entry will be reclassified. For additional details refer to the guidelines at the BJCP website:

Entries in some categories/sub-categories need to specify special ingredients and/or classic style information on the entry form and bottle labels. These need to be entered when registering the entry. 

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the morning after the entry deadline.

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).

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.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. 

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners. 

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.



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 35A Cherry Blossom Beer (Custom Style)  


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Silver Branch Brewing Company
Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:00 AM, EDT


Best of Show




Results will be posted to the competition web site after judging is finished and all scores are entered into the system.

The awards ceremony will take place at the April DC Homebrewers meeting (tentatively scheduled for 04/23).

Medals and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category plus 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Best Of Show round. Any entries awarded an "honorable mention" will not be awarded any medals or prizes.

Score sheets will generally be available for download from the website a few days after the event. Due to situations beyond our control, it may take a bit longer. We ask for your patience. If you haven't seen your score sheets on the website by April 04, then please contact us - NOT BEFORE THEN. Thanks...

Medals and prizes will be awarded at the April DC Homebrewers Club meeting. Non-members are invited to attend to claim their medals and prizes. Those who cannot attend the meeting will be contacted to determine if they can be picked up at a local homebrew shop. If this is not possible, medals and prizes will be mailed. 


Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 7:00 PM, EDT