Every month at the CSI meetings, a homebrewing competition will take place. Club members are encouraged to enter one (1) homebrewed entry into the monthly competition. More than one entry may be submitted, but points will only be awarded to the beer receiving the most competition points (not the highest rating).
The club member must decide whether the beer belongs in the theme competition (see the list of monthly themes below) or non-theme competition. The club member must inform the Competition Administrator which BJCP beer style category the beer belongs in.
This registration can be done onsite at the meeting or prior to the meeting using the registration form. The advantage of using this form is that you can add information to be shared (tasting notes, recipe, etc) and ask for specific feedback during judging. It is important that you know the BJCP style category of your beer and note that on the registration form.
The only beers excluded from the competition are those which are commercially brewed or those which have already been submitted into the competition within the same calendar year.
Amount of Beer Needed for Entry into the Competition
Club members submitting entries into the homebrew competition are asked to bring a minimum of one (1) liter of homebrew in order to ensure all members get a large enough sample to provide quality feedback on the submission. Below are some examples of how much beer you would need to bring in various bottle types.
- Four (4) 12oz bottles, or
- Two (2) 22oz bottles, or
- Two (2) 750ml bottles, or
- Two (2) 1-liter bottle, or
- One (1) 2-liter bottle, or
- Any sized growler
This competition will use a blind tasting format. This means the brewer will registers his/her beer with the Competition Administrator prior to the competition.
The Competition Administrator will label and store the beer before the meeting starts.
All efforts will be made to serve beers based on standard flight-tasting practices.
As the beers are poured, any information the brewer provided on the web-based entry form will be read, but the brewer will remain anonymous. Once the score sheets are returned, the brewer will then have the opportunity to talk about the beer and get some verbal feedback. While this is going on, the next beer will be poured, etc.
Awarding of Competition Points
Points are awarded at every meeting which count towards the title of CSI Brewer of the Year. The points are awarded based on the top three rated beers in the theme category and the top three rated beers in the non-theme category at every meeting.
- Theme Beers
- First Place – 7 points
- Second Place – 6 points
- Third Place – 5 points
- Non Placing Entry – 1 point
- Non-Theme Beers
- First Place – 5 points
- Second Place – 4 points
- Third Place – 3 points
- Non Placing Entry – 1 point
Note that everyone who brings a beer and enters it into the monthly competition will be awarded at least one point for their efforts.
Members who have entered multiple beers into a single month’s competition are not awarded “double points”. Those members entering multiple beers will only receive points for the beer receiving the most points, which may not necessarily be the beer with the highest score.
|Month||Competition Style||BJCP Categories||Comments|
|January||Spice, Smoke, Specialty||21a,
|Get the crazy out early in the year!|
|February||Strong Ales & Belgian Strongs||18a,
|Warm up with some specific styles!|
|March||Scottish, Irish, and American Amber||9a,
|Now with Irish and American Amber!|
|April||English Pales & Browns||8a,
|Added English Browns, they were feeling left out.|
|May||German Wheat, Belgian & French Ales||15a,
|There’s some sort of war joke here …|
|June||Fruit Beers and Sours||17a,
|Sours now have their own month. Nobody tell Ben.|
|July||Single Malt and Single Hop (SMASH)
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|N/A||Get creative while keeping it simple.|
|August||Light and Amber Hybrids||6a,
|All light hybrids, not just Kolsch|
|Specialty IPAs included!|
|October||Lagers and Oktoberfests||1a,
|Bocks and Pilsners included so they don’t feel unloved.|
|November||Porters and Stouts||12a,
|Unchanged from 2014|
|December||Meads and Ciders||24a,
|Added some missing categories|
Any questions that you may have about the competition may be addressed to the Competition Administrator, Matt Dewese, at the monthly meetings or via email.