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Rules

COMPETITION RULES AND ENTRY GUIDELINES

  • Drop off location is The Vineyard
  • Bottle drop off deadline is March 22, 2017 @ 18:00
  • The Gala will be held at National on 8th Ave. SW
  • Entry score sheets and prizes will be mailed out to out of town entrants

The Cowtown Yeast Wranglers are proud to host the Ninth Annual Cowtown Homebrew Roundup on the 26th of March to the 1st of April, 2017. The purpose of our competition is to promote homebrewing and beer appreciation. We invite all homebrewers to submit their homebrewed beer, mead, and cider for judging under the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

COMPETITION RULES: Each beer entry needs to be registered on the yeastwranglers@brewcompetition.com website. If you have questions about registration, fire them off to mike.foniok@gmail.com

1. Only one entry per beer style or BJCP subcategory. If there is more than one beer style in a BJCP category, you can enter one beer for each style. For example, individuals can only enter one beer in each style under BJCP Category 18 (Pale American Ale). This means individuals can enter a maximum of one entry each in Blonde Ale (18-A) and American Pale Ale (18-B). The only exception to this rule is category 27A Historical Beer, where we are allowing 2 entries in the category.

If you are planning on entering a Fruit Beer, NE IPA, or British Brown Ale, please read this BJCP FAQ Bulletin regarding those styles. 

2. Entries will be limited to 8 per brewer and also limited to a total of 505 for the competition.  The reason for this due to and increasing interest in the competition and the limitation of qualified judges available to us.  Our goal is to provide quality feedback from certified BJCP judges or professional brewers.

3. Entries are judged under the beer style/sub-category you specify on your registration form. Make sure you pick the right style! Complete style descriptions can be found online at http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf

4. A minimum score of 30 must be obtained to qualify for a medal in any category. Some BJCP categories may be combined to create medal categories.

5. This a homebrew competition - so no commercial brews please (this includes beer brewed on equipment for commercial research, production, brew-on-premises establishments, or anything of that nature). You know what we mean - this is all about homebrew!

6. All-grain brews, beer from kits, and extract methods are all welcome.

7. All decisions by the competition organizers are final. Entries will be judged between the 26th of March and 1st of April, 2017. Results will be announced at the Gala Awards Banquet on the evening of the 1st of April. Results will also be posted on our website shortly after the event, but due to event organizers drinking at the gala, the results likely won't show up until the morning of April 2nd.

The Yeast WRanglers CowTown Homebrew Roundup "Homebrewer of the Year" award will be presented to the brewer earning the most points in the competition.

Points are gathered as follows:

 Gold = 3 points

 Silver = 2 points

 Bronze = 1 point

 Best of Show winner = 3 points

 Best of show 1st runner-up = 2 points

 Best of show 2nd runner-up = 1 point.

ENTRY GUIDELINES: The deadline for receiving entries and fee payment is 18:00 on March 22, 2017.

 Submit two bottles of homebrewed beer, mead, or cider per entry. Bottles will not be returned.

 Each entry will consist of 300ml to 500ml capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.  341ml brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles holding 500ml or less will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles of the same size. 650ml bomber style bottles are not acceptable as they do not fit in the milk crates that we must use to store and stack the beer.

To each bottle, attach a completed BJCP bottle entry label using a rubber band (tape, adhesives or glue  are unacceptable.  Bottles that still have commercial beer labels will be disqualified.  Furthermore, BJCP labels that are taped or glued on to the bottles may also be disqualified.  The BJCP labels are removed from the bottles when we sort the entries, and removing tape and adhesives is time consuming). BJCP labels, in pdf format, are available on the entry page on this site.

 The entry fee is $6 per entry. Fees can be paid by PayPal only as this allows the software to mark your entries as paid. Cash will be spend by the organizers to pay the bar tab and cheques will be used as coasters ;)

Entries may be dropped off or delivered to:

The Vineyard
6025 Center St S
Calgary, AB T2H 0C2

 

We are no longer accepting entries dropped off at Wild Rose Taproom.

If dropping off entries in person, please be aware that these are business locations.  If you arrive at a peak business hour, please do not disrupt busy employees to drop off your entries. 

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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 

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Judging Locations and Dates

Canyon Glen Condominium Recreation Center - Sunday 10:00
330 Canterbury Drive SW
Sunday 26 March, 2017 10:00, MDT

Canyon Glen Condominium Recreation Center - Tuesday 18:30
330 Canterbury Drive SW
Tuesday 28 March, 2017 18:30, MDT

Canyon Glen Condominium Recreation Center - Wednesday 18:30
330 Canterbury Drive SW
Wednesday 29 March, 2017 18:30, MDT

Canyon Glen Condominium Recreation Center - Thursday 18:30
330 Canterbury Drive SW
Thursday 30 March, 2017 18:30, MDT

Canyon Glen Condominium Recreation Center - Friday 10:00
330 Canterbury Drive SW
Friday 31 March, 2017 10:00, MDT

BOS Round: Canyon Glen Condominium Recreation Center - Saturday 10:00
330 Canterbury Drive SW
Saturday 1 April, 2017 10:00, MDT

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Awards

The awards ceremony will take place April 1, 2017 at

National on 8th Ave. 

Scotia Centre, 225 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2W2

Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table. Prizes will not be handed out at the awards ceremony. 

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. BOS, Runner up BOS, and Second Runner up BOS will be announced. 

The winner of the Cowtown Yeast Wrangler of the Year will also be announced. 

 

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Awards Ceremony

National on 8th
Scotia Centre, 225 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2W2
Saturday 1 April, 2017 18:00, MDT

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Circuit Qualification

The Cowtown Yeast Wranglers Homebrew Roundup medal winners will given the appropriate number of points in the Brewer of the Year competition. For further information and rule regarding the Brewer of the Year, go to breweroftheyear.com

 

  

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