Spring Showdown 2019 Info
You will be able to create your account beginning Monday 1 April, 2019 12:00 AM, EDT through Tuesday 28 May, 2019 12:00 PM, EDT.
Judges and stewards may register beginning Monday 11 March, 2019 12:00 AM, EDT through Tuesday 28 May, 2019 12:00 AM, EDT.
You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Tuesday 9 April, 2019 10:00 AM, EDT through Friday 24 May, 2019 5:00 PM, EDT.
$4.00 (CAD) per entry.
BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted
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 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 Kolsch||5C German Exportbier||5D German Pils|
|6A Marzen||6B Rauchbier||6C Dunkels Bock|
|7A Vienna Lager||7B Altbier||7C Kellerbier|
|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 English Golden Ale|
|12B Australian Sparkling Ale||12C English IPA||13A Dark Mild|
|13B English 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 Barleywine||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 New England 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||24A Witbier|
|24B Belgian Pale Ale||24C Biere de Garde||25A Belgian Blond Ale|
|25B Saison||25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale||26A Trappist Single|
|26B Belgian Dubbel||26C Belgian Tripel||26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale|
|27A Historical Beer||27A1 Gose||27A2 Piwo Grodziskie|
|27A3 Lichtenhainer||27A4 Roggenbier||27A5 Sahti|
|27A6 Kentucky Common||27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager||27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter|
|27A9 London Brown Ale||28A Brett Beer||28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer|
|28C Wild Specialty Beer||29A Fruit Beer||29B Fruit and Spice Beer|
|29C Speciality Fruit Beer||30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer||30B Autumn Seasonal Beer|
|30C Winter Seasonal 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 Clone Beer||34B Mixed-Style Beer|
|34C Experimental Beer||C1A New World Cider||C1B English Cider|
|C1C French Cider||C1D New World Perry||C1E Traditional Perry|
|C2A New England Cider||C2B Cider with Other Fruit||C2C Applewine|
|C2D Ice Cider||C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices||C2F Specialty Cider/Perry|
|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||PRX1 Dorada Pampeana||PRX2 IPA Argenta|
|PRX3 Italian Grape Ale||PRX4 Catharina Sour||PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner|
Per Entrant Limits
Each entrant is limited to 3 entries.
Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per subcategory – exceptions are detailed below.
Each entrant is limited to 2 entries for for the following subcategories:
- 21B: Specialty IPA
- 21B1: Belgian IPA
- 21B2: Black IPA
- 21B3: Brown IPA
- 21B4: Red IPA
- 21B5: Rye IPA
- 21B6: White IPA
- 21B7: New England IPA
- 27A: Historical Beer
- 27A1: Gose
- 27A2: Piwo Grodziskie
- 27A3: Lichtenhainer
- 27A4: Roggenbier
- 27A5: Sahti
- 27A6: Kentucky Common
- 27A7: Pre-Prohibition Lager
- 27A8: Pre-Prohibition Porter
- 27A9: London Brown Ale
- 28A: Brett Beer
- 28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
- 28C: Wild Specialty Beer
- 29A: Fruit Beer
- 29B: Fruit and Spice Beer
- 29C: Speciality Fruit Beer
- 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
- 30B: Autumn Seasonal Beer
- 30C: Winter Seasonal 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: Clone Beer
- 34B: Mixed-Style Beer
- 34C: Experimental Beer
- C2A: New England Cider
- C2B: Cider with Other Fruit
- C2C: Applewine
- C2D: Ice Cider
- C2E: Cider with Herbs/Spices
- C2F: Specialty Cider/Perry
- 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
- PRX1: Dorada Pampeana
- PRX2: IPA Argenta
- PRX3: Italian Grape Ale
- PRX4: Catharina Sour
- PRX5: New Zealand Pilsner
Pay Entry Fees
After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:
- Check, made out to GTA Brews Homebrew Club
- Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal
Entry Acceptance Rules
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2
Entry fees will be $4 CAD per entry. Since our total entry cap is tied to the number of paid entries, only PayPal will be accepted for this competition.
When registering entries, make sure to follow the entry instructions (if specified) that are specified in the 2015 BJCP Beer Guidelines (Cider, Mead). Failure to note key information may impact the judges’ scoring of your entry. However also keep in mind that too much information can also be detrimental.
Bottle Acceptance Guidelines
Each entry should consist of two 12 oz brown glass bottles. Bottles must be void of all identifying information, especially commercial/home-made labels. Any marked caps must be blacked out. A Bottle ID form must then be attached to each bottle by elastic band (NO tape please).
Bottle ID labels can be printed by clicking the print icon next to each of your entries on the “Account” -> “Entries” page. Recipe sheets and PayPal receipts are not required. Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.
12 oz (~355 mL) brown bottles are strongly preferred; however we will also accept green/clear glass/cans/PET, sizes up to 22 oz, and corked/swingtop bottles, if necessary.
Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Wednesday 1 May, 2019 12:00 AM, EDT through Friday 24 May, 2019 5:00 PM, EDT.
Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.
Judging Session Locations and Dates
The awards will be announced once judging is completed.
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 single, overall Best of Show beer selected.
Scoresheets will available for download from the registration software promptly after the competition concludes.