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This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any homebrewer age 21 or older.  Professional brewers may enter the competition provided that every aspect of the creation of their entries was performed using homebrewing equipment and no portion of the process was completed using professional brewing equipment or any resources not available to homebrewers.

The competition is limited to six (6) entries per entrant for the first week that registration is opened.  The limit will be raised to twelve (12) entries per entrant one week after registration opens.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the entry deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.  All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All entries in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. For example, participants may enter an Irish Red Ale (15A) and an Irish Stout (15B) but may not enter two Irish Red Ales even if they are different brews.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.


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.

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 Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A 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 IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental BeerC1A New World Cider
C1B English CiderC1C French CiderC1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional PerryC2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C ApplewineC2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet MeadM2A CyserM2B Pyment
M2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit MeadM2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadM4A Braggot
M4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead 


Judging Session Locations and Dates

Helicon Brewing - AM
102 Union Ave, Oakdale PA 15071
Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00 AM, EDT

Helicon Brewing - PM
102 Union Ave, Oakdale PA 15071
Saturday, April 7, 2018 1:00 PM, EDT


Best of Show

Best of Show presented by Helicon Brewing

Helicon Brewing will team up with the overall Best of Show winner to scale up and brew the winning beer at their Oakdale Brewery. (Some restrictions apply - namely the beer needs to be commercially viable. For example, if the winning beer is a three-year-blend gueuze aged in the Arc of the Covenant we'll sort out something else to brew with the winner.)

Turtle Creek Award presented by East End Brewing Company

The Turtle Creek Award (named in recognition of TRASH's early days, founded as the Turtle Creek Homebrew Club) goes to the homebrewer who scores the most points in the competition. Points are awarded six for first place in a category, three for second, and one for third. Points for mead and cider count towards a brewer's total, but at least one point must come from a beer category. The winner of the Turtle Creek Award will team up with EEBC to scale up and brew one of their beers.



The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

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

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.  Prizes awarded to those not present at the awards ceremony can be picked up at a TRASH meeting during the months of May through July, 2018.  You must let us know in advance to bring your prize(s) to the meeting.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up at the awards banquet will be returned to your bottle drop-off location within a few weeks of the competition. Make sure your drop-off location is correctly identified in your profile on this site, as that is how we we decide where to drop your score sheets off.  Score sheets and awards will only be mailed to those who shipped their entries.  Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.


Awards Ceremony

Helicon Brewing
102 Union Ave, Oakdale PA 15071
Saturday, April 7, 2018 7:00 PM, EDT


Circuit Qualification

TRASH is proud to announce it has joined the inaugural season of the North Appalachian Homebrewing Championship - the ultimate year-long brewing clash that pits the region's best homebrewers against each other in the pursuit to be crowned NAHC Brewer of the Year. The circuit encompasses competitions across central/western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, upstate New York, and western Maryland.

NAHC Web Site