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2024 DKM 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 Two (2) 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.  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 2021 BJCP guidelines.

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 Specialty 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 $12.00 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 Dec 27, 2023 thru COB Jan 19, 2024.   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.

Styles for the 2024 Maltose Falcons Doug King Memorial Competition

Each of the Competition Categories will include several BJCP Categories.  Judges will judge the beers using the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.  The category number refers to the BJCP category.  Not all of the BJCP sub-categories will be included in the competition, please ask the organizers if you have a beer you aren’t sure about.


I.  Class 1 Standard American Beer

1B.  American Pale Lager

1C  Cream Ale

1D  American Wheat Ale

27  Historical Beer--Pre-Prohibition Lager


2.  Class 2 European Pale Beers

3A  Czech Pale Lager

3B  Czech Premium Pale Lager

4A  Munich Helles

4B  Festbier

4C  Helles Bock

5B  Kolsch

5C  Dortmunder Export

5D  German Pils


3.  Class 3  Amber and Dark European Beers

3D  Czech Dark Lager

6A  Marzen

6B  Rauchbier

7A  Vienna Lager

7B  Altbier

8A  Munich Dunkel

8B  Schwartzbier


4.  Class 4 Strong European Beer

4C  Helles Bock

6C  Traditional Bock

9A  Doppelbock

9B  Eisbock

9C  Baltic Porter

      Dortmunder Adambier


5.  Class 5  Smoked and Wood Aged Beer

The brewer MUST list the beer style entered and whatever kinds of wood was used to smoke or age the beer in.  If spirits are used, the brewer MUST list the spirit.  The spirit should just flavor the wood, it shouldn’t be a prominent flavor in the beer.  This is a beer contest.

06B Rauchbier

32B  Specialty Smoked Beer

33A  Wood-Aged Beer

33B  Specialty Wood Aged Beer


6.  Class 6 Specialty Beer

31A  Alternative Grain Beer

31B  Alternative Sugar Beer

34A  Clone Beer

34B  Mixed Style Beer

34C  Experimental Beer

29A  Fruit Beer

29B  Fruit and Spice Beer

29C  Specialty Fruit Beer

7. Class 7  Session Anything

The brewer can enter any style wanted, but the OG should be below 1.040.  If the beer is a classic BJCP style such as 11A Ordinary Bitter, no further description is needed.  But if the beer is a “light” version of a beer style that normally is bigger, the brewer MUST name the style.  For example one could enter a low gravity American Pale Ale, the brewer must mention that and the judges will judge it as a light 18B.

8.  Class 8  Imperial Anything.

The brewer can enter any style wanted, but the OG should be above 1.070  If the beer is a classic BJCP style such as 26C Belgian Tripel, no further description is needed.  But if the beer is a “big” or “imperial” version of a beer style that normally is bigger, the brewer MUST name the style.  For example one could enter an Imperial Pilsner, the brewer must mention that and the judges will judge it as a big 5D German Pils or  3B Czech Pilsner..



BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1B American Lager1A American Light Lager1D American Wheat Beer
2B International Amber Lager2C International Dark Lager2A International Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager
3B Czech Premium Pale Lager4B Festbier4C Helles Bock
4A Munich Helles5C German Helles Exportbier5A German Leichtbier
5D German Pils5B Kölsch6C Dunkels Bock
6A Märzen6B Rauchbier7B Altbier
7A Vienna Lager8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier
9C Baltic Porter9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Kellerbier 27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A9 Sahti29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29A Fruit Beer
29C Specialty Fruit Beer 30D Specialty Spice Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer 34A Commercial Specialty Beer
34C Experimental Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer 50A Session Anything (Custom Style)
51A Imperial Anything (Custom Style) LSX5 New Zealand Pilsner 


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Sessions

Sunday, January 21, 2024 10:00, PST

Main Judging Date @ MacLeods
Saturday, January 27, 2024 08:00, PST


Best of Show





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