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Account Registration

You will be able to create your account beginning Monday, July 1, 2024 10:00 AM, CDT through Saturday, September 7, 2024 7:00 PM, CDT.

Judges and stewards may register beginning Saturday, June 1, 2024 10:00 AM, CDT through Saturday, September 7, 2024 7:30 PM, CDT.

Entry Registration

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Monday, July 1, 2024 10:00 AM, CDT through Friday, August 30, 2024 6:00 PM, CDT.

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Entry Fees

$11.00 (USD) per entry.

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BJCP 2021 Styles Accepted

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   

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Entry Limit

There is a limit of 350 entries for this competition.

There is a limit of 350 paid entries for this competition.

Entry limits per style type:

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    Per Entrant Limits

    Each entrant is limited to 6 entries.

    Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per subcategory.

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    Pay Entry Fees

    After creating your account 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

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    Entry Acceptance Rules

    Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

    Each entry will consist of capped or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. Embossed bottles are ok. Cans are accepted, but must be void of all identifying information.

    Bottles must fit in a standard case box, oversize bottles may be disqualified. (Meads may, however, be any size bottle within reason)

    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. Cans will be accepted as above.

    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 bottle labels by a rubber band.

    Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

    Recipe forms are not required unless specified.

    The competition reserves the right to reject/disqualify entries not adhering to rules or due to inappropriate brewer communications.

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

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    Entry Delivery

    Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations Friday, August 16, 2024 1:00 PM, CDTFriday, August 30, 2024 6:00 PM, CDT.

    Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

    Kansas City Bier Co
    310 W 79th St, Kansas City, MO 64114
    (816) 214-8691

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    Shipping Info

    Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location Friday, August 16, 2024 10:00 AM, CDTFriday, August 30, 2024 5:00 PM, CDT.

    Ship entries to:

    KC Bier Co, Attn: Dogg Dayzz
    310 W 79th St, Kansas City, MO 64114

    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 only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

    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.

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    Judging Sessions

    Scale Up Judging
    Wednesday, September 4, 2024 1:00 AM, CDT through Saturday, September 7, 2024 3:00 PM, CDT
    Brought to brewery.

    Barn Session
    Wednesday, September 4, 2024 6:30 PM, CDT

    KC Bier - Day 1
    Friday, September 6, 2024 7:00 PM, CDT

    KC Bier - Day 2.1
    Saturday, September 7, 2024 9:00 AM, CDT

    KC Bier - Day 2.2
    Saturday, September 7, 2024 12:30 PM, CDT

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    Awards

    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.

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    Awards Ceremony

    Grains and Taps Pine Tree Plaza
    310 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee's Summit, MO 64063
    Saturday, September 7, 2024 7:00 PM, CDT

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    Circuit Qualification

    Midwest Homebrewer of the Year
    (http://midwesthomebrewer.com)
    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.

    High Plains Homebrewer of the Year
    (https://kcbiermeisters.com/high-plains-award/)
    The High Plains Brewer is an award given to an individual brewer from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Minnesota who demonstrates outstanding and consistent brewing skills.

    The award recipient is chosen based on performance in several regional competitions. Qualifying events are listed below. To be eligible, a brewer must belong to a club located in one of the aforementioned states. Points will be awarded as follows: 5 for 1st, 3 for 2nd, and 1 for a 3rd place finish in a qualifying competition. A brewer can only receive points for the highest-scoring beer per category.

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