2021 Lehigh Valley Homebrewer of the Year

Sponsored by:

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and

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This will be an all encompassing competition that runs all year long with multiple types of brewing contests incorporating

  • BJCP-style specific competitions

  • Iron Brewer ingredient-based challenges

  • Collaboration/charity specialty brew events

The difference this year is this is a points-based competition rather than single elimination tournaments we typically have had in the past. Our goal is to encourage homebrewers to try new styles and techniques, stretch their skills and have opportunities to brew for club competitions and community throughout the entire year. 

Grand Prize winner will be invited to collaborate and brew with 14th Fret Brewing Company!

Rules and Team Guidelines:

  • Two bottles per entry are recommended, however if judging is set to occur that day, a growler would be acceptable.  Bottles/growlers should be labeled with the beer style and your entry number (to be provided).

  • Entries will be judged by club judges (and those in training to become judges) at socially distanced sessions until the club can meet in person.   Winners will be selected based on BJCP style guidelines or a combination of BJCP guidelines and  well balanced incorporation of the special ingredient for Iron brewer challenge types.  Exceptions to these judging approaches will be noted where applicable.

  • No Elimination Rounds until the finals, if necessary (if 2 or more brewers are within 25 points of first place at the end of scheduled competitions, a playoff brewing competition will be announced)

  • For any competition, the award level points will be: 35 points for 1st place, 25 points for 2nd, 20 points for 3rd. If more than 6 participants enter, the remaining top half of brewers will receive 10 points (i.e. Mini-BOS bonus).  

  • 5 Points awarded for participation in each event for non-award level finishes. (Ex. Participants finishing in the top half will not earn participation points in addition to their awarded points)

  • Malt Madness medal winners will earn points up to their highest medal won.  Gold: 20pts; Silver: 15pts; Bronze 10pts.  (Ex. a brewer earns a silver and bronze medal, they will be awarded 15 pts; a brewer winning 2 gold medals will be awarded 20 pts.)

  • Difficulty points in the amount of 5 or 10 will be awarded as a bonus for anyone finishing at the "award" level upon entering a beer that meets the difficulty challenge of the event.  The amount of difficulty points will be established in the challenge schedule.

  • Brewing teams are allowed, but must identify their "Captain" who will ultimately be awarded the grand prize and bragging rights.  (i.e. Highlander Rules: "There can only be one")

Challenge Schedule

BJCP Style Challenge Type: Brew one of the selected BJCP styles to be judged on how well it meets the guidelines.

Iron Brewer Challenge Type: Incorporate the listed special ingredient into a well known beer style.  The entry will be judged on how well the ingredient is incorporated into the overall drinking experience while still being balanced with the base beer style.

Results Announced
Drop Off Date
Challenge Type
Challenge Description
Bonus Points
March 30, 2021
March 26, 2021
BJCP Style

Dark Mild (13A)

Scottish Light (14A)

Scottish Light +5
May 25, 2021
May 21, 2021
Iron Brewer

Coffee 

Styles other than Non-Dark Beer +5
June 29, 2021
June 25, 2021
Iron Brewer

Cherry (any variety)

No
July 27, 2021
July 23, 2021
BJCP Style

Cream Ale (1C) 

American Light Lager (1A)

American Light Lager +10
August 21, 2021
TBD
Malt Madness
Open
Yes
September 28, 2021
September 24, 2021
BJCP Style

Berlinerweiss (23A) 

Gose/Wild (27/28)

Gose/Wild +10
November 13, 2021
November 13, 2021
People's Champion

Weyerbacher Brewfest

TBD
November 30, 2021
November 26, 2021
Iron Brewer

Maple Syrup

No

Virtual Judging:

Participants will be emailed the details of drop off locations. Club officers will assist in making sure all the beer gets to the right locations and packaged properly, so please just ask for assistance if necessary!