BJCP Guidelines

BJCP Style Guidelines can be found at the following url 


This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline – please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (Entries may not be fermented or bottled at commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations.  However, entries mashed at a commercial brewery and then modified and fermented at home (AKA monster brews) are allowed.

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. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.  A maximum of 400 entries will be accepted.

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.

Entries & Entry Window

Participants will be able to add their entries via this website between August 1 and September 5th  2024.

Entries will be accepted at drop-off and shipping locations between between August 22 and September 5th,  2024 , no later than the close of business Thursday September 5, 2024.  Please check the closing time of the designated drop-off locations. .  Please do NOT drop off entries early.

All entries must be received by our shipping location or at a drop-off location by Friday, October 29, 2021  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


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

Categories Accepted

Categories are from the 2021 BJCP.   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 Kölsch 5C German Helles Exportbier 5D German Pils
6A Märzen 6B Rauchbier 6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager 7B Altbier 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 British Golden Ale 12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA 13A Dark Mild 13B British 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 British Strong Ale
17A1 Burton Ale 17B Old Ale 17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barley Wine 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 21B7 Brut IPA
21C Hazy 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 23G Gose
24A Witbier 24B Belgian Pale Ale 24C Bière de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale 25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Belgian Single 26B Belgian Dubbel 26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale 27A Historical Beer 27A1 Kellerbier
27A2 Kentucky Common 27A3 Lichtenhainer 27A4 London Brown Ale
27A5 Piwo Grodziskie 27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager 27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A8 Roggenbier 27A9 Sahti 28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer 28C Wild Specialty Beer 28D Straight Sour Beer
29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29C Specialty Fruit Beer
29D Grape Ale 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 30D Specialty Spice 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 Commercial Specialty Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer LSX1 Dorada Pampeana
LSX2 IPA Argenta LSX3 Italian Grape Ale LSX4 Catharina Sour
LSX5 New Zealand Pilsner 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.  12 oz aluminum cans will be accepted provided they are bare aluminum and free from identifying markings.

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


Tortugo Brewing Co.
916 W Hyde Park Blvd
Inglewood, CA  90302

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
(818) 884-8586


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, November 6, 2021

Tortugo Brewing Co.
916 W Hyde Park Blvd
Inglewood, CA  90302