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Rules

WE'RE BACK!

After taking a COVID hiatus, the Cascade Brewers Guild is happy to announce that the oldest homebrew competition in Washington State is returning in 2021. The 24th Cascade Brewers Cup is on!

We're initially setting the total competition entry limit to 250 beers with a 5 beer entry limit per participant. We may adjust these caps based on facility availability at the judging location and, of course, available volunteers. Also, we are limiting entries to beer only this year, no mead nor cider will be judged. Apologies to our cider- and mead-making brothers and sisters.

 

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This competition is AHA and BJCP sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older. The competition will be judged using the 2015 BJCP Style guidelines.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.

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 overall style categories based on number of entries for judging, and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality 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.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. 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. Maximum entries per brewer is limited to five (5).

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.

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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 Weizenbock 11A 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 British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B 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 IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A 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 PRX2 IPA ArgentaPRX3 Italian Grape Ale
PRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner 

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Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Micro Homebrew
Thursday, September 16, 2021 6:00 PM, PDT

Friday Evening at Hellbent Brewing Company
Friday, September 17, 2021 5:30 PM, PDT

Saturday Morning at Hellbent Brewing Company
Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:00 AM, PDT

Saturday Afternoon at Hellbent Brewing Company
Saturday, September 18, 2021 1:00 PM, PDT

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Best of Show

In addition to medals in each category, the winning entry from each category will proceed to the competition Best of Show round. There will be gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded for Best of Show.

We are exploring the potential of a Pro-Am component. In the event we secure a commitment from a local brewery, all best of Show candidates will be eligible to be selected to be brewed on a commercial system. The sponsor brewery will have full discretion to choose a winner from the available Best of Show candidates. The selected entries may not necessarily be Best of Show medal winners. In the event the brewer selected for the Pro-Am does not live in the greater Puget Sound area, s/he will be responsible for transportation / lodging if s/he wishes to participate in the brew day. Neither the Cascade Brewers Guild nor the participating brewery will reimburse for any travel-related expenses incurred.

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Awards

The awards ceremony will take place the following weekend after 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.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

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Awards Ceremony

TBD
TBD
Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:00 PM, PDT

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Circuit Qualification

The Washington Homebrewers Association (WAHA) is having a combined 2020-2021 annual awards, including Washington Homebrewer of the Year (WAHOTY). As in years past, the Cascade Brewers Cup is proud to be a Qualifying competition for the WAHOTY.

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