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Thank you for your interest in the 2024 Minnesota State Fair Homebrew Competition organized by The Minnesota Home Brewers Association.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Entry Registration is Open

226 entries have been added to the system as of 10:23 AM, CDT, Saturday, June 22, 2024.

189 paid entries are in the system as of 10:23 AM, CDT, Saturday, June 22, 2024. There is a limit of 400 paid entries for this competition.

To add your entries into the system, please proceed through the registration process or log in if you already have an account.

Judge and Steward Registration is Open

If you have not registered and are willing to be a volunteer, please register.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu.

Rules

2024 Minnesota State Fair Homebrew Competition rules (please read carefully)

The Minnesota State Fair Homebrew Competition is open ONLY TO MINNESOTA RESIDENTS. There is a $10.00 fee per entry. Paid entries from non-residents will be judged, however, they will not be eligible for placing or prizes. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCUSES. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Entries are limited to 400 paid entries. We may consider increasing the number of allowed entries depending on demand AND number of available judges and stewards who volunteer.

The competition committee will determine the final award categories based on the number and styles of entries received. All entries will be judged according to the style in which they were originally entered according to the BJCP Style Guidelines.

A Best Of Show Beer, Best Of Show Mead, and Best Of Show Cider will be determined by a second judging of the winners of each award category.

The Minn-kasi Award will be awarded to the brewer racking up the most points for beer, mead, and cider placing in this year’s competition. The winner will receive a custom-engraved, handcrafted wooden chalice with your name. Do you have what it takes???

Questions? Contact us at homebrewcompmnstatefair@gmail.com for more information before submitting -- and paying for! -- your entries.


PLEASE support our past sponsors as well as your local homebrew supply shops, favorite bars, bottle shops, local breweries, and restaurants! They helped make this competition possible when we needed their support in the past – let’s return the favor and help them now when they need our support.


Minnesota residents of legal age may enter.

Entries must be entered under the name of all brewers who helped.

Entries brewed in commercial facilities are ineligible. This includes AHA Wort Day rallies, free wort or wort shares from commercial breweries, etc.

We will only accept online entries and online payment.

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations TBD.

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location TBD.

No refunds.

The Minnesota State Fair Homebrew Competition accepts no responsibility for entries that are damaged during shipping or do not arrive at an approved shipping destination within the time limits. Late entries will not be accepted. Should only 1 bottle survive shipping then that entry will not be judged at best of show should the entry make it to that level.

All other entries will be disqualified!

The organizers reserve the right to make a final decision about an entry's eligibility in cases of a dispute.

All entries become the property of the Minnesota State Fair Homebrew Competition. No entries will be returned for any reason.

Questions? Contact us at homebrewcompmnstatefair@gmail.com for more information before submitting (and paying for!) your entries. Sorry, no refunds.

Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

There is a PER ENTRANT limit of 10 entries. Each entrant is limited to one (1) entry in each subcategory.

Each entry should be entered according to the appropriate Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) guideline:

  • BJCP 2021 Beer Style Guidelines
  • BJCP 2015 Mead Style Guidelines
  • BJCP 2015 Cider Style Guidelines

Additional information regarding the BJCP guidelines can be found at www.bjcp.org

Two (2) bottles are required for each entry. All entries must be bottled in 12 oz. (or less) standard-sized brown or clear bottles. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Non-standard bottles (e.g. 20 oz. "bombers", 750ml corked bottles, swing-top, and yes- even the ones we get every year that are wax-topped) will NOT be judged. No refunds will be given for entries that arrive in anything other than 12-oz. (or less) bottles with crown caps. Bottles must be free of labels or other identifying marks. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Print your labels prior to the end of the entry deadline. Bottles must have the official entry labels printed as part of the online entry process attached to them with a rubber band. (The printed labels will say to use tape. PLEASE DO NOT USE TAPE.)

Questions?  Contact us at homebrewcompmnstatefair@gmail.com for more information before submitting (and paying for!) your entries.

Competition Official

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

  • Dave Matson — Competition Coordinator

Sponsors

The Minnesota Home Brewers Association is proud to have the following sponsors for the 2024 Minnesota State Fair Homebrew Competition.

Bent Brewstillery
1744 Terrace Dr., Roseville, MN 55113
Bent Brewstillery
Hosting Best of Show judging and donated items
BSG HandCraft
 
BSG HandCraft
Donated prizes -- including Grainfather G30 and malt
PLEASE Support Our Past Sponsors!
 
PLEASE Support Our Past Sponsors!
They helped make this competition possible when we needed their support in the past – let’s return the favor and help them now when they need our support.
Summit Brewery
910 Montreal Circle St Paul, MN 55102
Summit Brewery
Use of their brewery space for judging
BSG Hops
 
BSG Hops
Donated hops
Midwest
5825 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Midwest
Donation items and drop-off location for entries
Northern Brewer
St Paul, Minneapolis, MN and Milwaukee WI
Northern Brewer
Donation items, drop off site for entries, sorting entries headquarters
Roets Jordan Brewery
230 Broadway St. S., Jordan, MN 55352
Roets Jordan Brewery
Donated items
Spike Brewing
Milwaukee, WI
Spike Brewing
Donated Brewing Kettle.
The Yeast Bay
www.theyeastbay.com
The Yeast Bay
Donated brewer's yeast
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Town Hall Brewery
Donated items
Venn Brewing
3550 E 46th. St, Suite 140, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Venn Brewing
Donated items
22 Northman Brewing Co
6693 County Rd. 34 NW, Bldg B, Alexandria, MN 56308
22 Northman Brewing Co
Donated items
3rd Act Brewery
4120 Radio Dr., Woodbury, MN 55129
3rd Act Brewery
Donated items
Ace Spirits
4 Shady Oak Rd #18, Hopkins, MN 55343
Ace Spirits
Donated Items
Alexis Bailey Vineyards
18200 Kirby Ave S, Hastings, MN 55033
Alexis Bailey Vineyards
Donated items
Alloy Brewing Company
2700 COON RAPIDS BOULEVARD NORTHWEST, COON RAPIDS, MN
Alloy Brewing Company
Donated items
Angry Inch Brewing
20841 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Angry Inch Brewing
Donated items
August Schell Brewing Co.
2215 N Garden St., New Ulm, MN 45073
August Schell Brewing Co.
Donated bottles of Starkeller beer.
Bad Weather Brewing Company
414 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
Bad Weather Brewing Company
Donated Items
Badger Hill Brewery
4571 Valley Industrial Blvd S., #500, Shakopee, MN 55379
Badger Hill Brewery
Donated items
Bald Man Brewing Co.
2020 Silver Bell Rd #25, Eagan, MN 55122
Bald Man Brewing Co.
Donated items
Barley Johns Brewpub
781 Old Highway 8 SW, New Brighton, MN 55112
Barley Johns Brewpub
Donated items
Bauhaus Brew Labs
1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Donated items for volunteers and beer for organizers.
Bent Paddle Brewing Co
1912 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806
Bent Paddle Brewing Co
Donated items
Blichmann Engineering
 
Blichmann Engineering
Donated home brewing equipment.
Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
3134 California St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative
Donated items
Burning Brothers Brewery
1750 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul, MN 55104
Burning Brothers Brewery
Donated items
Carlos Creek Winery
6693 County Rd 34 NW, Alexandria, MN 56308
Carlos Creek Winery
Donated items
Castle Danger Brewing
17 7th St, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Castle Danger Brewing
Donated items
Clutch Brewing
928 7th Street W, #201, St. Paul, MN 55102
Clutch Brewing
Donated items
Cuyuna Brewing
1 E. Main St., Crosby, MN 56441
Cuyuna Brewing
Donated items
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
1300 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Dangerous Man Brewing Company
Donated items
Eastlake Craft Brewery
920 E Lake St #123, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Eastlake Craft Brewery
Donated items
Elevated Beer Wine And Spirits
4135 Hiawatha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406
Elevated Beer Wine And Spirits
Donated items
Excelsior Brewing Co.
421 3rd St., Excelsior, MN 55331
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Donated items
Foxhole Brewhouse
313 4th Street SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Foxhole Brewhouse
Donated items
Frost River Trading Company
1910 West Superior Street Duluth, MN 55806
Frost River Trading Company
Donated items
Hoops Brewing
325 S Lake Ave., Duluth, MN 55802
Hoops Brewing
Donated items
Inbound BrewCo
701 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55401
Inbound BrewCo
Donated items
Jack Pine Brewery
7942 College Rd Ste 115, Baxter, MN 56425
Jack Pine Brewery
Donated items
Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia St. #160, St. Paul, MN 55114
Lake Monster Brewing
Donated items
Lakeville Brewing
8790 Upper 208th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044
Lakeville Brewing
Donated items
Lupulin Brewing
570 Humboldt Drive, Suite 107 Big Lake, MN 55309
Lupulin Brewing
Donated items
Norseman Distillery
451 Taft St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Norseman Distillery
Donated items
Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
2716 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub
Donated items
OMC Smokehouse
1909 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
OMC Smokehouse
Donated items
PATAGONIA MALT
 
PATAGONIA MALT
Donated malt
Portage Brewing Co
107 5th St S, Walker, MN 56484
Portage Brewing Co
Donated items
Pryes Brewing Company
1401 West River Rd N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Pryes Brewing Company
Donated items
RAHR MALTING COMPANY®
800 WEST FIRST AVE. SHAKOPEE, MN 55379
RAHR MALTING COMPANY®
Donated malt
Republic MPLS
221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Republic MPLS
Donated items
Roets Jordan Brewery
230 Broadway St S, Jordan, MN 55352
Roets Jordan Brewery
Donated items
Schram Haus Brewery
3700 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318
Schram Haus Brewery
Donated items
Schram Vineyards And Brewery
8785 Airport Rd, Waconia MN
Schram Vineyards And Brewery
Donated items
SIMPSONS MALT
 
SIMPSONS MALT
Donated malt
Sociable Cider Werks
1500 Fillmore St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Sociable Cider Werks
Donated items
Steel Toe Brewing
4 Shady Oak Rd #18, Hopkins, MN 55343
Steel Toe Brewing
Donated items
Stinson Wine, Beer, And Spirits
2315 18th Ave. NE, MPLS 55418
Stinson Wine, Beer, And Spirits
Donated items
Tattersall Distilling
1620 Central Ave NE Ste 150 Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tattersall Distilling
Donated Gin and tasting glasses/coasters
Under Pressure Brewing Co
8806 7th Ave. N, Golden Valley, 55427
Under Pressure Brewing Co
Donated items
Unmapped Brewing
14625 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka, MN 55345
Unmapped Brewing
Donated items
Urban Growler Brewing Co.
2325 Endicott St, St Paul, MN 55114
Urban Growler Brewing Co.
Donated items
White Bear Meadery
1595 Co Rd. E East, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
White Bear Meadery
Donated items
Wooden Hill Brewing Co
7421 Bush Lake Rd., Edina, MN 55439
Wooden Hill Brewing Co
Donated items