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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

303 entries have been added to the system as of 2:01 PM, CDT, Wednesday, July 17, 2024.

280 paid entries are in the system as of 2:01 PM, CDT, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. There is a limit of 400 paid entries for this competition.

Current entry count by style type and associated limits:

    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 found here:

    Entry bottles will be accepted at our shipping location found here:

    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