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  • Anyone 21 years or older may enter.
  • More than one entry may be made per sub-category, however they must be from different fermentations or of different ingredients. Identify the different entries on the entry form and bottle labels (for example, IPA#1, IPA#2, etc.).
  • All entries will be judged on an individual basis - judging sheets and a list of winners will be mailed to all entrants who include a self addressed, stamped envelope at time of application. Use 1 stamp for every 2 entries.
  • Each entry shall consist of (3) three 10-22 oz. bottles, except entries in the mead and cider categories which only require (2) two bottles. Swing top bottles are permitted. Bottles may be brown or green glass, and should be free of any labels, etched logos, or any other identifying marks (Sam Adams bottles are acceptable). Competition labels must be attached with a rubber band, please NO TAPE OR GLUE. Bottle caps must be either plain or blacked out with a magic marker.
  • All entries must be brewed at home. No commercial operation or equipment may be used, All entries become the property of the South Shore Brew Club.
  • It is the entrant’s responsibility to enter his or her beer in the proper category, as specified in the 2015 BJCP “Style Guidelines.” No entry will be reclassified. For additional details refer to the guidelines at the BJCP website:
  • Entries in some categories/sub-categories need to specify special ingredients and/or classic style information on the entry form and bottle labels. See the 2015 BJCP guidelines for more info. Mead and cider entries also need to specify (on the entry form and bottle labels) whether the entry is still/sparkling and dry/semi-sweet/sweet.
  • An entry fee of seven ($7) dollars shall be paid for each entry. Please make checks payable to: South Shore Brew Club or send via PayPal to:
  • Entry deadline is Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at noon. Judging date is Saturday, April 8th, 2017 starting at 9:00 am. Late entries will not be judged or returned.
  • Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category, plus 1st place in the Best of Show round. Categories with few entries may be combined with other similar categories for judging purposes. Entries scoring less than 25 points (out of 50) may not be eligible for an award based on the discretion of the judges.
  • A Brewmaster Award will be given to the entrant with the highest number of points. Points for the Brewmaster Award are earned as follows: 1st place = 3 points, 2nd place = 2 points, and 3rd place = 1 point (points are not awarded for the BOS round).

    Any questions about the competition regulations, procedures, awards, etc., should be directed to the competition organizer:

    Steve Gravel -

    or the judge coordinator:

    Kevin Farrell -


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click 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 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 IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White 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 Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A 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 BeerC1A New World Cider
C1B English CiderC1C French CiderC1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional PerryC2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C ApplewineC2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet MeadM2A CyserM2B Pyment
M2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit MeadM2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadM4A Braggot
M4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead 


Judging Locations and Dates

Bob Collins Barn
1112 School St, Mansfield MA
Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:00 AM, EDT

Shovel Town Brewing
50 Oliver Street, Rear, North Easton, MA
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 12:00 AM, EDT



There will not be an awards cermony.  All awards will be mailed to the entrants.

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.


Awards Ceremony

Bob's Barn
Mansfield, MA
Saturday, April 8, 2017 5:00 PM, EDT