Homebrewers have become very vocal about our January competition, and are spreading the word like wildfire! Not only do we time it well as a preliminary run for those of you competing in Nationals, but we have an exceptional judging panel that is eclectic, constructive and extremely well-educated in the brewing industry. One of our participating Homebrew Clubs calls our the Big Beers Festival and Competition “the highlight” of their season, and the competitive edge and number of entries make for a challenge of the highest degree!

As the Grand Prize winner of this incredible challenge, the 2012 Big Beers Homebrew Competition entrant will have a Commercial Batch of his or her recipe brewed and kegged and poured at The Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver and at the generous, sponsoring brewery, Dry Dock Brewing, located in Aurora, Colorado. Further, in the instance that the ProAm competition is continued as a part of the Great American Beer Festival weekend events, Dry Dock Brewing will partner with the Grand Prize winner and submit the winning recipe as their collaborative entry.

The AHA/BJCP Beer Styles that we include in our competition are reflective of the Festival theme and are listed below. The brewing competition is sponsored and sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association, and the AHA guidelines will be strictly followed. For more information on specific styles and requirements, please visit the AHA Sanctioned Competition Style Guidelines. Please note: Barleywines are included although not stated as the heading of a category in the newest BJCP Guidelines.

Category 5 - Bock
Category 9E - Strong Scotch Ale
Category 12C - Baltic Porter
Category 13F - Russian Imperial Stout
Category 14C - Imperial IPA
Category 15C - Weizenbock
Category 16 - Belgian & French Ale
Category 17 - Sour Ale
Category 18 - Belgian Strong Ale
Category 19 - Strong Ale
Category 23 - Specialty Beer (Minimum Gravity of 1.050)
Category 26B - Braggot

Three bottles of each entry are required with the appropriate informational labels attached. 12 oz. brown bottles are preferred, but some other sizes/colors will be admitted. For example, Belgians are often bottled in 750ml bottles for several good reasons, and although we prefer that entries submit three bottles to best evaluate in the case of a Best of Show qualifier, we will accept two 750ml bottles for general competition purposes. Please ask for further information.