Rules

We have reached out maximum entry count and Registration is now closed!

bjcplogoRegistration close: Friday,  September 15, 2017.

Once you register and you log in, you will be able to add, view, edit, or delete your entries as well as indicate that you are willing to judge or steward.

 BJCP Guidelines

BJCP Style Guidelines can be found at the following url www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php 

Judging and Stewarding Registration is still open

You may still register for Judging or Stewarding by clicking here.

Rules

Latest entry drop-off Friday, September 15th.

  1. Pacific Brewers Cup (PBC) is a BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition open to all homebrewers.
  2. An entry is a set of two (2) bottles from a single batch of beer. The bottles must be between 10 to 34 oz, must be made of clear, green or brown glass, and be free from labels, excessive dirt and identifying marks. All bottles must be filled within an inch and a half of the top, and be capped with a metal crown cap or cork/cage. The caps must be plain colored, or be completely blacked out with a black permanent marker.
  3. An entry may not be fermented or bottled using commercial equipment.  However, entries mashed at a commercial brewery and then modified and fermented at home (AKA monster brews) are allowed.
  4. An entrant is the one or more people submitting an entry. Member(s) of an entrant must have actively contributed to brewing, fermenting, and bottling an entry. Every member must be at least 21 years of age. An entrant may not be an entire brew club. Competition staff, judges and stewards are permitted to be entrants. Professional Brewers are permitted to be entrants as long as the entry was not brewed on commercial equipment
  5. The official style guidelines for this competition are the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.  Every entry must be declared a particular subcategory according to these guidelines. Under no circumstances will competition organizers, staff, or judges categorize entries.
  6. Only one entry per sub-style is allowed.
  7. Every entry must be submitted with a completed entry form and a bottle identification label attached to each bottle with a rubber band.   Using glue or tape to secure the labels to the bottles will disqualify an entry.   Entry forms and all bottle labels for a single entry must have the same information on them.
  8. The entry form must list the following information for entries in the categories specified:
    •  (this will be the standard 2015 BJCP special ingredients styles)
  9. Entries MUST be registered online via the form on the PBC web site at (Insert PBC link here to on-line registration here).   Online registration eliminates the need to fill out a paper entry form and will automatically generate bottle identification labels.   Email confirmation will be provided as well.   In case the entrant is unable to print the custom labels, it is acceptable for the brewer to make individual slips with the same information, as long as the Registered Entry Number is included.
  10. The entry fee is $8.00 for each entry.   Please use the link provided to pay on-line, You may pay by Credit Card or PayPal.  Online payments make it quicker, easier to account for and makes the whole competition easier to run.   If you do not have a pay-pal account, setting one up is quick and easy and you will see how much time it saves you compared to writing checks etc. once it is set up.
  11. A panel of at least two judges will judge each entry according to the sub-category in which it was entered.   No judge will be assigned to a category for which they are entrants.   First, second, and third prizes may be awarded in each sub-category at the judge’s discretion.  All contestants will receive the score sheets with judges’ comments for their entries.
  12. All entries become the property of the Pacific Gravity Homebrewers Club and will not be returned.   Any questions or disputes will be settled by the competition organizers, and all decisions are final.

Entries & Entry Window

Participants will be able to add their via this website between August 1st and  Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm PM, PST.

Entries will be accepted at drop-off and shipping locations between between September 1st and September 15th no later than the close of business Friday, September 15, 2017.  Please check the closing time of the designated drop-off locations. .  Please do NOT drop off entries early.  Do NOT send entries to the main judging location.

All entries must be received by our shipping location or at a drop-off location by Friday, September 15th and will not be accepted after that date/time.  Please allow for shipping time. For details, see the Entry Information page.

 

Competition Officials

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

    • Carl Townsend – Competition Organizer
    • Brian Holter – Head Judge

Tad Johnston — Webmaster

Payment

After registering and inputting entries, all participants must pay their entry fee(s) via PayPal

Categories Accepted

If a sub-category’s name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the sub-category’s requirements..

1A American Light Lager 1B American Lager 1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer 2A International Pale Lager 2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager 3A Czech Pale Lager 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager 3D Czech Dark Lager 4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier 4C Helles Bock 5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch 5C German Exportbier 5D German Pils
6A Marzen 6B Rauchbier 6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager 7B Altbier 7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel 8B Schwarzbier 9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock 9C Baltic Porter 10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier 10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter 11C Strong Bitter 12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale 12C English IPA 13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale 13C English Porter 14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy 14C Scottish Export 15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout 15C Irish Extra Stout 16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout 16C Tropical Stout 16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale 17B Old Ale 17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine 18A Blonde Ale 18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale 19B California Common 19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter 20B American Stout 20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA 21B Specialty IPA 21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA 21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA 22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale 22C American Barleywine 22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse 23B Flanders Red Ale 23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic 23E Gueuze 23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier 24B Belgian Pale Ale 24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale 25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single 26B Belgian Dubbel 26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale 27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie 27A3 Lichtenhainer 27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti 27A6 Kentucky Common 27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter 27A9 London Brown Ale 28A 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 C1A New World Cider
C1B English Cider C1C French Cider C1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional Perry C2A New England Cider C2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C Applewine C2D Ice Cider C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/Perry M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet Mead M2A Cyser M2B Pyment
M2C Berry Mead M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice Mead M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead M4A Braggot
M4B Historical Mead M4C Experimental Mead

Bottle Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist of two (2) 12-ounce capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. 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. Recipe sheets are optional except for listing of special ingredients and base style.  Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. However, recipe forms are not needed.  Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges’ scoring of your entry.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.  A maximum of 400 entries will be accepted.

Drop Off Locations

Culver City Home Brew Store
4234 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 397-3453
*Send shippped entries to this address only

Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply
4981 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041
323-258-2107

South Bay Brewing Supply Co.
1311 Post Ave Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 328.2133

Steinfillers Fermentation Supply
4160 Norse Way, Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 425-0588

The Home Beer, Wine And Cheesemaking Shop
22836 VENTURA BLVD Unit 2, WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91364
(818) 884-8586

Awards

The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

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.  A runner-up BOS and second runner-up BOS prizes will also be awarded.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

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.

Judging Location and Date

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

St Bede’s Episcopal Church
3590 Grand View Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066-1904
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