26th Annual BEER & Mead Brew Off Info
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This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older. All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline. If dropping off, please place your entries in 6-pack holders - don't just bring in loose bottles. Much easier to manage for everyone involved. 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. Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. 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. The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in. 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.
Mandatory Requirements:Entrants MUST specify carbonation level (still; petillant or lightly carbonated; sparkling or highly carbonated).
Entrants MUST specify strength level (hydromel or light mead; standard mead; sack or strong mead).
Entrants MUST specify sweetness level (dry; semi-sweet or medium; sweet).
Minor differences from stated levels should not be heavily penalized or be considered a disqualifying fault.
Optional Requirements: Entrants MAY specify honey varieties used, as well as the source and season of the honey. If honey varieties are declared, judges will look for the varietal character of the honey. Note that the character of a varietal honey will be identifiable as distinct to the source flowers, but may not resemble the source plant, tree, or fruit. For example, orange blossom honey has the character of orange blossoms, not oranges; blackberry honey is only distantly like blackberries, although it is an identifiable character. If a mead is oak-aged and the oak character is noticeable, the oaking can be specified. Judges should expect to detect oak, but not as a primary flavor.
Category-Specific Requirements: Some categories require additional information, particularly in categories other than traditional mead. For example, declaring specific fruit, spices, or special characteristics. Supplemental materials may be provided to judges if an obscure or unusual ingredient or method is used.
Defaults: If no attributes are specified, judges should evaluate the mead as a semi-sweet, petillant, standard strength mead with no varietal honey character and no special ingredients. Competition organizers should make every effort to ensure that judges are provided the full set of attributes of the meads being evaluated.
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.
|1A American Light Lager||1B American Lager||1C Cream Ale|
|1D American Wheat Beer||2A International Pale Lager||2B International Amber Lager|
|2C International Dark Lager||3A Czech Pale Lager||3B Czech Premium Pale Lager|
|3C Czech Amber Lager||3D Czech Dark Lager||4A Munich Helles|
|4B Festbier||4C Helles Bock||5A German Leichtbier|
|5B Kölsch||5C German Helles Exportbier||5D German Pils|
|6A Märzen||6B Rauchbier||6C Dunkels Bock|
|7A Vienna Lager||7B Altbier||8A Munich Dunkel|
|8B Schwarzbier||9A Doppelbock||9B Eisbock|
|9C Baltic Porter||10A Weissbier||10B Dunkels Weissbier|
|10C Weizenbock||11A Ordinary Bitter||11B Best Bitter|
|11C Strong Bitter||12A British Golden Ale||12B Australian Sparkling Ale|
|12C English IPA||13A Dark Mild||13B British Brown Ale|
|13C English Porter||14A Scottish Light||14B Scottish Heavy|
|14C Scottish Export||15A Irish Red Ale||15B Irish Stout|
|15C Irish Extra Stout||16A Sweet Stout||16B Oatmeal Stout|
|16C Tropical Stout||16D Foreign Extra Stout||17A British Strong Ale|
|17A1 Burton Ale||17B Old Ale||17C Wee Heavy|
|17D English Barley Wine||18A Blonde Ale||18B American Pale Ale|
|19A American Amber Ale||19B California Common||19C American Brown Ale|
|20A American Porter||20B American Stout||20C Imperial Stout|
|21A American IPA||21B Specialty IPA||21B1 Belgian IPA|
|21B2 Black IPA||21B3 Brown IPA||21B4 Red IPA|
|21B5 Rye IPA||21B6 White IPA||21B7 Brut IPA|
|21C Hazy IPA||22A Double IPA||22B American Strong Ale|
|22C American Barleywine||22D Wheatwine||23A Berliner Weisse|
|23B Flanders Red Ale||23C Oud Bruin||23D Lambic|
|23E Gueuze||23F Fruit Lambic||23G Gose|
|24A Witbier||24B Belgian Pale Ale||24C Bière de Garde|
|25A Belgian Blond Ale||25B Saison||25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale|
|26A Belgian Single||26B Belgian Dubbel||26C Belgian Tripel|
|26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale||27A Historical Beer||27A1 Kellerbier|
|27A2 Kentucky Common||27A3 Lichtenhainer||27A4 London Brown Ale|
|27A5 Piwo Grodziskie||27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager||27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter|
|27A8 Roggenbier||27A9 Sahti||28A Brett Beer|
|28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer||28C Wild Specialty Beer||28D Straight Sour Beer|
|29A Fruit Beer||29B Fruit and Spice Beer||29C Specialty Fruit Beer|
|29D Grape Ale||30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer||30B Autumn Seasonal Beer|
|30C Winter Seasonal Beer||30D Specialty Spice Beer||31A Alternative Grain Beer|
|31B Alternative Sugar Beer||32A Classic Style Smoked Beer||32B Specialty Smoked Beer|
|33A Wood-Aged Beer||33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer||34A Commercial Specialty Beer|
|34B Mixed-Style Beer||34C Experimental Beer||LSX1 Dorada Pampeana|
|LSX2 IPA Argenta||LSX3 Italian Grape Ale||LSX4 Catharina Sour|
|LSX5 New Zealand Pilsner||M1A Dry Mead||M1B Semi-Sweet Mead|
|M1C Sweet Mead||M2A Cyser||M2B Pyment|
|M2C Berry Mead||M2D Stone Fruit Mead||M2E Melomel|
|M3A Fruit and Spice Mead||M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead||M4A Braggot|
|M4B Historical Mead||M4C Experimental Mead|
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2
Judging Sessions and Dates
At judges' and organizers' discretion, places 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 1st, 2nd and 3rd Best of Show beers selected. Please join us for our award ceremony to pick up your ribbons. If you can't make it we will be distributing them at each of the three clubs meetings and mailing to those that can't attend.
Po' Boy Brewery
200 Wilson St Unit E3, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Saturday, June 10, 2023 6:00 PM, EDT