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Competition Officials
Registration Window
Entry Window
Entry Limit
Entry Fees
Judging Date
Categories Accepted
Bottle Acceptance Rules
Shipping Location and Address
Drop Off Locations
Best of Show
Awards Ceremony

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via the Contact section.

  • Sara Bondioli — Registrar
  • Stephin Clapham — Head Judge
  • Tamara Hatley — Head Steward
  • Bob Rouse — Competition Organizer

Registration Window

You will be able to register your personal information beginning Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM, EST through Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM, EDT.

Entry Window

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM, EST through Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM, EDT. Entries will be accepted at our shipping and drop-off locations during this window as well.

Entry Fees

$8.00 (USD) per entry. $7.00 per entry after the 1st entry. $0.00 for unlimited entries.

Entry Limit

There is a limit of three hundred (300) entries for this competition.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to three (3) entries for this competition.

Each entrant is limited to one (1) entry per sub-category .


After registering your personal information and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

Judging Location and Dates

Meridian Pint
3400 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 Map Meridian PintMap Meridian Pint
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM, EDT

Categories Accepted: BJCP 2015

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 Premimum 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 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 Beer28A 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 Beer46A Cherry Blossom (Custom Style)

Bottle Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist of two (2)  12 to 22 ounce capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing (other than the entry label affixed with a rubber band). Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottles WITH A RUBBER BAND ONLY; GLUE AND/OR TAPE IS UNACCEPTABLE!!

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that are used, as well as the base beer style. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

Brewers are limited to 3 entries total.

Shipping Location and Address

3 Stars Brewing
6400 Chillum Place NW, Washington, DC 20011

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 refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

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 the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Drop Off Locations

DC Homebrew Shop (At 3 Stars Brewing)
6400 Chillum Place NW, Washington, DC 2001 Map DC Homebrew Shop (At 3 Stars Brewing)Map DC Homebrew Shop (At 3 Stars Brewing)
*Drop off during regular business hours. Contact the Homebrew Shop for more information

Maryland Homebrew
6770 Oak Hall Lane Suite #108, Columbia, MD 21045 Map Maryland HomebrewMap Maryland Homebrew
*Entries will be picked up from this location on Sat Mar 18

Best of Show

The Best in Show Award winner will receive an opportunity to be one of the first individuals to participate in the Portner Brewhouse Craft Beer Test Kitchen® program. As part of this innovative approach to collaborative experience and feedback, the recipient will work directly with the Portner Brewhouse Brewmaster to scale their original winning recipe at the Alexandria, VA brewpub. Portner Brewhouse will host a public launch party for the winner who may invite up to 50 friends and family members. The beer will be available for at least one month! The Portner Brewhouse team will collect customer feedback and sales data from its patrons and compile the information into a Recipe Report Card provided to the winner. Brew – Enjoy – Learn

If the Best of Show Winner is unable or unwilling to accept this prize, a substitute will be provided, and the Test Kitchen prize will be awarded to the next prize winner in line willing and able to accept it.

This prize is not available if the winner is a sour/wild yeast beer. In that case, a substitution will be made at the discretion of the competition organizers in consult with Portner Brewing.


The awards ceremony will take place at the April DC Homebrewers meeting (final date TBD).

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.

Score sheets, medals, and awards will be available for club members at the April meeting. Non-members and those who cannot attend the meeting will receive theirs via mail. Results will be posted to the competition web site after judging is finished and all scores are entered into the system.

Award Ceremony

The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037 Map The Bier BaronMap The Bier Baron
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM, EDT