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

All mailed entries must received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time. There are no refunds for entries not recieved.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of 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 or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

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.
Brewers are limited to 6 entries excluding scale ups. If you want to enter additional scaleups after using your 6 entries, contact the competition organizer.

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.

We will be using electronic scoresheets via BCOE&M v2.5. Judges bring your own device.

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.

Scale Ups
(enter via the special scale up categories; 50A-53A)

Brewer must live less than 50 miles from the brewery and be willing to travel to the brewery to scale up the winning beer. Brewer must not be employed by a professional brewery. Your recipe may be adjusted to fit their system and supplies. Avoid difficult to source or excessively expensive ingredients.
The oportunity to scale up is at the discretion of the brewery. It is possible they may not pick a winner.
No score sheets will be returned for scale up entries.
No barrel aged beers or wild bugs please!

Scale up #1: Broken Hatchet : American Brown Ale (19C).

Scale up #2: Grains & Taps : Any beer brewed with a thiolized yeast strain such as Omega Star Party, Cosmic Punch, Helio Gazer, Lunar Crush.

Scale up #3: Pathlight Brewing : British Pub Ales (BJCP styles 11A, 11B, 11C, 12A, 12C, 13A, 13B, 13C).


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select 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 Kölsch5C German Helles Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Märzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock
9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter12A British Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA13A Dark Mild13B British Brown Ale
13C English Porter14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout17A British Strong Ale
17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barley Wine18A 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 IPA 21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA 21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA 21B7 Brut IPA
21C Hazy IPA22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 23G Gose
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Bière de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Belgian Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer 27A1 Kellerbier
27A2 Kentucky Common27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 London Brown Ale
27A5 Piwo Grodziskie27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A8 Roggenbier27A9 Sahti28A 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 ArgentaLSX3 Italian Grape Ale LSX4 Catharina Sour
LSX5 New Zealand Pilsner50A Scale Up: Broken Hatchet: Any American Brown Ale (Custom Style) 51A Scale Up: Grains & Taps: Thiolized Yeast (Custom Style)
52A Scale Up: Pathlight: British Pub Ales (Custom Style) 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   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Sessions

Scale Up Judging
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 1:00 AM, CDT through Saturday, September 9, 2023 3:00 PM, CDT
Brought to brewery.

Barn Session
Wednesday, September 6, 2023 6:30 PM, CDT

Crane Brewing - Day 1
Friday, September 8, 2023 7:00 PM, CDT

Crane Brewing - Day 2.1
Saturday, September 9, 2023 9:00 AM, CDT

Crane Brewing - Day 2.2
Saturday, September 9, 2023 12:30 PM, CDT



In person awards ceremony after judging completed. Medals and prizes for winners. If you are unable to attend, medals will be mailed out in batches over the course of the month.
Planning on attempting to live stream this cermony as well, on the ZZ Hops Facebook page.


Awards Ceremony

Grains and Taps Pine Tree Plaza
310 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Saturday, September 9, 2023 7:00 PM, CDT


Circuit Qualification

Midwest Homebrewer of the Year
A leg of The Midwest Homebrewer of the Year (MWHBOTY). The Midwest Homebrewer of the Year competition selects the top homebrewer from the Midwest based upon points earned in participating competitions. The homebrewer with the highest Net Score at the end of year wins the title of "Midwest Homebrewer of the Year" and receives significant Prizes. Points are accumulated by winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any of the homebrew competitions in the MWHBOTY Circuit. A brewer's accumulated points are multiplied by his winning percentage (his ratio of medals to entries) to calculate his Net score, upon which the competition's rankings are based.

To be eligible, a homebrewer must reside in one of the Midwest states listed on the site and must enter beer, mead, or cider in at least:

4 participating circuit competitions
10 unique BJCP categories
For a detailed description of the competition rules and the formula used to calculate a brewer's Net Score, please visit the Rules page on the website.