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Competition Officials
Registration Window
Entry Window
Entry Fees
Judging Date
Categories Accepted
Bottle Acceptance Rules
Shipping Location and Address
Drop Off Locations

Competition Officials

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

  • Drew Beechum — Web Site Admin
  • Dana Cordes — Web Site Admin
  • Ed Kochanowski — Competition Coordinator

Registration Window

You will be able to register your entries beginning Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 1:00 AM, PST through Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM, PST.

Entry Window

Entries will be accepted at our shipping and drop-off locations beginning Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM, PST through Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM, PST.

Entry Fees

$9.00 (USD) per entry.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to one (1) entry per sub-style .


After registering and inputting entries, all participants must pay their entry fee(s).

  • PayPal

Judging Location and Dates

MacLeods Ale Brewing Company
14741 Calvert St, Van Nuys, CA 91411 Map MacLeods Ale Brewing CompanyMap MacLeods Ale Brewing Company
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM, PST

Categories Accepted

1.1 American-Style Pale Lager 1.2 American-Style Pre-Prohibition Lager1.3 American-Style Red Lager
1.4 American-Style Dark Lager2.1 Munich-Style Helles2.2 Bohemian-Style Pilsner
2.3 North German-Style Pils2.4 Dortmunder Export-Style Lager9.1 Vienna-Style Lager
9.2 Marzen/Oktoberfest9.3 Latin American-Style Malta9.4 Munich-Style Dunkel
9.5 Schwarzbier10.1 West Coast Extra Pale Ale10.2 California Common Beer
10.3 American-Style Red and Amber Ale10.4 Imperial Pilsner14.1 Dortmund-Style Adambier
14.2 Baltic-Style Porter14.3 Imperial ("Russian") Stout15.1 Maibock and Helles (Pale) Bock
15.2 Traditional Bock15.3 American-Style Bock15.4 Doppelbock
15.5 Eisbock16.2 American-Style Porter24.1 Fruit- and/or Vegetable-Flavored Beer
24.2 Herb- and/or Spice-flavored Beer25.1 Historical Beer25.2 Experimental and Specialty Beer, Other
26.1 Bavarian Rauch (smoke-flavored)26.2 Smoke Beers, Other26.3 Wood-Aged Beer, Whiskey
26.4 Wood-Aged Beer, Other29.1 Traditional Session29.2 Experimental Session
30.1 Imperial Anything31.0 English/Irish/Scottish and Specialty 

Bottle Acceptance Rules

An entry is a set of two (2) bottles from a single batch of beer.

An entry is a set of two (2) bottles from a single batch of beer. The bottles must be made of clear, green or brown glass, and be free from labels, excessive dirt and identifying marks. All bottles must be filled within an inch and a half of the top, and be capped with a metal crown cap. The caps must be plain colored, or be completely blacked out with a black permanent marker. Swing-type caps are not permitted. All bottles must be between 10 and 16 ounces in volume. An entry that excessively gushes from more than one bottle may be disqualified at the judges' discretion.

For DKM only, Entries may be submitted in any unmarked vessel (including keg, growler, pet bottle etc,) capable of providing enough beer for 3 rounds of judging.

Completed entry forms must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

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.

Brewers are limited to one entry in each subcategory.

Shipping Location and Address

The Home Beer Wine Cheese Making Shop
22836 Ventura Blvd #2 Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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. Do not over pack! Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

Enclose your 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 beer 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.

It is not against any Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) regulations or federal laws to ship your entries via privately owned shipping company for analytical purposes. However, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHIP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs' officials at their discretion. It is solely the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Drop Off Locations

* Home Wine Beer Cheese Making Shop *
22836 Ventura Blvd #2, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 Map * Home Wine Beer Cheese Making Shop *Map * Home Wine Beer Cheese Making Shop *
*Main Location for Drop Off and Mailing!

Culver City Homebrew Shop
4234 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City CA 90230 Map Culver City Homebrew ShopMap Culver City Homebrew Shop

Eagle Rock Homebrew Shop
4981 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041 Map Eagle Rock Homebrew ShopMap Eagle Rock Homebrew Shop

Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1945 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA. 91016 Map Monrovia Homebrew ShopMap Monrovia Homebrew Shop
(626) 531-0825

4160 Norse Way, Long Beach, CA 90808  Map SteinfillersMap Steinfillers
(562) 425-0588


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

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.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.