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2020 Maltose Falcons LateFaire - Brew Competition Online Entry & Management

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Due to the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 Mayfaire Competition has been postponed until now! To deal with the realities of beer judging during a pandemic, we're going virtual with a slightly increased bottle count (3) and a complete throwback set of style guidelines based on the very first recorded style guidelines from 1979!

In the spirit of the "Stout or Bock" and "Unusual" categories, we've added "Hoppy" and "Belgian" to the guidelines. We're sure you know what to do. Please note for the purposes of this competition "Light" is 12 SRM or under, Dark is 13SRM+

All judging will be handled either remotely or in a properly socially distanced fashion. Judges, please make sure you live in the LA Area so we can get the beer to you (ideally the LA Metro Area between Thousand Oaks and Pasadena and no further south than Long Beach)

2020 Mayfaire Homebrew Competition Rules

1.     The Maltose Falcons Mayfaire is an BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition open to all homebrewers.

2.     An entry is a set of THREE (3) bottles or cans from a single batch of beer, cider or mead. 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, with the exception of mead, which may be submitted in bottles as small as 6 ounces. An entry that excessively gushes from more than one bottle may be disqualified at the judges' discretion.

3.     An entry may not be brewed, fermented or bottled using commercial equipment.

4.     An entrant is the one or more people submitting an entry.  Member(s) of an entrant must have actively contributed to brewing, fermenting, and bottling an entry.  Every member must be at least 21 years of age. An entrant may not be an entire brew club.  Competition staff, judges and stewards are permitted to be entrants.  Professional Brewers are permitted to be entrants as long as the entry was not brewed on commercial equipment

5.     The official style guidelines for this competition are the Maltose Falcons Pandemic Styles based around general categories and color.  Every entry must be declared a particular category and subcategory according to these guidelines and entries should note what "classic style" they're going for. (e.g. a "Ale, Light Colored" may be an Blond, a Kolsch, a Tripel, etc)   Under no circumstances will competition organizers, staff, or judges categorize entries.

6.     No member of an entrant may submit another entry of the same subcategory, whether as an individual entrant, a member of the same entrant, or a member of another entrant.

7.     Every entry must be submitted with a bottle identification label attached to each bottle with a rubber band.  Using glue or tape to secure the labels to the bottles will disqualify an entry.  Bottle labels for a single entry must have the same information on both bottles.

8.     The entry form must list the following information for entries in the categories specified:

·         For the Unusual class: The entrant must specify the underlying beer style as well as the unusual nature of the beer. (e.g. Raspberry Bourbon Barrel Stout, "I made this with rain water") For more accurate judging the user should specify the underlying classic style used for the brew.

·         For all classes : The entrant must specify the underlying beer style.

9.     Entries must be registered online via the competition web site at Online registration eliminates the need to fill out a paper entry form and will automatically generate bottle identification labels.   Email confirmation will be provided as well.  In case the entrant is unable to print the custom labels, it is acceptable for the brewer to make individual slips with the same information, including the registration number for the entry.

10.    The entry fee is $10.00 for each entry.   All Entries must be paid on-line via credit card or PayPal.

11.    A panel of at least two judges will judge each entry according to the category in which it was entered.  No judge will be assigned to a category for which they are entrants.   First, second, and third prizes may be awarded in each category at the judge's discretion.   Classes will NOT be collapsed with other classes for judging purposes.   If a subcategory is deemed sufficiently large by the organizers, it may be promoted to being a separate class.   All contestants will receive the score sheets with judges' comments for their entries.

12.    Entries will be accepted at the drop off sites from Aug 31, 2020 thru COB Sep 11, 2020

13.   All entries become the property of the Maltose Falcons and will not be returned. Any questions or disputes will be settled by the competition organizers, and all decisions are final.




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.

35A Ale, Light Colored (<=12 SRM) (Custom Style) 36A Ale, Dark Colored (13+ SRM) (Custom Style) 37A Stout or Bock (Custom Style)
38A Unusual (Custom Style) 39A Lager, Light Colored (<=12 SRM) (Custom Style) 40A Lager, Dark Colored (13+ SRM) (Custom Style)
41A Hoppy (Custom Style) 42A Belgiany (Custom Style)  


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Various Sessions at various places
Thursday, October 15, 2020 00:00, PDT



Places may be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.  If no entry in a category was deemed worthy for a place, no award would be given. 

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.

As entrants come from far and wide, we do not hold an official award ceremony. We will distribute medals via mail to the winners, entrants score sheets will be scaned and uploaded to this website.



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