Entering Competitions

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How to Enter a Competition
While the process may differ slightly at each event, the steps are very similar across most comps.

  1. Know your beer. It may taste great, but if your beer does not fit a specific classic style category, or you simply mis-categorize it, then it may score below its potential. CBM members can assist with telling you where it would best fit. Even after you know all this, it is possible to pick the wrong bottle from the fridge: Be careful.
  2. Know the registration and entry deadlines; they may differ by two weeks.
  3. Expect to deliver two and sometimes three bottles (in popular categories), and be prepared to attach a check or submit PayPal payment for the entries.
  4. Visit the club's registration site. This info varies by club (and data changes by year), and the current info will be posted on this site and sent by Brewnet.
  5. Enter your beers into the appropriate categories, and print the labels that the registration site will generate. Cut them out and rubber-band the correct label to each bottle. Some people put labels in sandwich bags to prevent moisture damage.
  6. Once the online process is complete, and entry bottles are properly labeled and fees paid, bring your entries to the designated pick-up site. Usually, CBM and the other clubs pick up each others' entries at the city's home brew store. Sometimes, a member agrees to pickup and deliver all entries to the other site for CBM.
  7. The above guidelines cover the basics for entering competitions. The VP of Competitions will communicate entry deadlines and registration sites to all members prior to any competitions. If you have any questions about entering any competitions please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Written by VP of Communications on . Posted in Competitions

Home brew competitions are held at many different levels. Most home brew clubs hold an annual home brew comp. CBM hosts the US Open in May in Charlotte, and our sister clubs throughout the Carolinas hold their competitions from March through December.

Home brewers submit entries (usually two brown bottles), all the entries (often 300 to 500) get grouped by style, and on competition day, judges and stewards travel to that city to judge the beers. Each entry is sampled and will receive a score sheet completed by at least two judges, and sometimes three. Competitions are an excellent way to get feedback on a brew so that the next batch may be improved. Stewarding and Judging at competitions are outstanding ways to learn from more experienced brewers/judges about the styles and especially what differentiates a great home brew from a mediocre one. See How to Enter a Competition.

The Carolina Brewer of the Year is determined by a cumulative roll-up of the results from all six of the major competitions held in NC and SC each calendar year.

Major Competitions in NC and SC.

(CBoY comps in bold.)


March - Shamrock Open - CARBOY - Raleigh, NC
March - Olde Hickory Pro-Am - OHB, Hickory, NC
April - NHC First Round - Southern Region Judging Site
April - Colonial Cup - Low Country Libations - Charleston, SC
April - NoDa Brewing Pro-Am - NoDa Brewing - Charlotte, NC
May - US Open - CBM - Charlotte, NC
Sept - NC Brewer's Cup - NC Brewer's Cup - Carrboro, NC
Sept - Blue Ridge Brew Off - MALT - Asheville, NC
Oct - Skirmish in the Triad - BBG - Greensboro, NC
Dec - PSBO - Palmetto State Brewers - Columbia, SC

AHA & BJCP List of Competitions

There is always a competition somewhere in the US every weekend.Click here for the annual schedule of BJCP Competitions

National Homebrew Competition

The AHA's National Homebrew Competition is the big one. All styles, all regions of the country, culminating with final awards given at the national conference in June. Regional first-rounds are held in April, and winners submit two bottles to the national level much like the AHA Club-Only comps. AHA members receive a discount on entry fees and winners' names are published in Zymurgy.

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