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Account Registration

You can create your account today through Friday, August 9, 2024 6:00 PM, CDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Sunday, August 18, 2024 12:00 PM, CDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Friday, August 9, 2024 6:00 PM, CDT.

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Entry Fees

$10.00 (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 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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Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 10 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

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.

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Entry Delivery

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations Monday, July 8, 2024 10:00 AM, CDTFriday, August 9, 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.

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Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location Monday, July 8, 2024 9:00 AM, CDTFriday, August 9, 2024 6:00 PM, CDT.

Ship entries to:

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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

Bottle Sort
Saturday, August 10, 2024 9:00 AM, CDT

Session 0: Distributed Judging Session (aka Pre-judging if necessary)
Saturday, August 10, 2024 5:00 PM, CDT through Friday, August 16, 2024 11:00 PM, CDT
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Session 1: Afternoon - Summit Brewing Co. - Admin & Training Bldg.
Friday, August 16, 2024 2:00 PM, CDT

Session 2: Evening - Summit Brewing Co. - Admin & Training Bldg.
Friday, August 16, 2024 5:00 PM, CDT

Session 3: Morning - Summit Brewing Co. - Admin & Training Bldg.
Saturday, August 17, 2024 9:00 AM, CDT

Session 4: Afternoon - Summit Brewing Co. - Admin & Training Bldg.
Saturday, August 17, 2024 12:00 PM, CDT

Best In Show - Beer
Saturday, August 17, 2024 1:00 PM, CDT

Best In Show - Cider
Saturday, August 17, 2024 1:00 PM, CDT

Best In Show - Mead
Saturday, August 17, 2024 1:00 PM, CDT

Session 5: Evening - Summit Brewing Co. - Admin & Training Bldg.
Saturday, August 17, 2024 3:00 PM, CDT

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Awards

Ribbons will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category.

Best of Show Ribbons will be awarded to the best of show beer, best of show mead, and best of show cider selected by a panel of special judges.

The Minn-kasi winner will be awarded to the brewer accumulating the most points for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries (beer, mead, and cider) in the competition, and will receive a goblet engraved with their name.

We are planning to use electronic scoresheets this year. Entrants will be able to download their scoresheets from the competition site following conclusion of the competition.

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.

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Awards Ceremony

MN State Fairgrounds, Horticulture Building
Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Area in the Horticulture Building
Saturday, August 24, 2024 1:00 PM, CDT

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