What to do first
First off, get psyched out of your mind that you are about to brew a freaking beer! Once you calm down, it’s time to pick a beer style or styles you want to brew and submit into the competition. With that being said, it is also really important to decide how many beers you plan to submit. Setting up your brew schedule will be vital to entering your best brew. You can pick any beer style(s) you like, whether it be something you’ve perfected or something new. Now it is time to build your recipe. There are plenty of apps that can be used to help with this part; BeerSmith is a commonly used one, or, go to your local home brew shop and pick up a pre-made recipe. If you build your own recipe and you’re new to the brew game, do not be shy to reach out to fellow home brewers and home brew shops. Home brew has a very large and helpful community. You can also reference BJCP guidelines
The Nevada BrewChallenge will host and keep track of all registration internally through our website. Through here, you will be able to register your information, your entries, and your feedback, as well as volunteer to judge and steward for the competition for those that want to be more involved. Through our system, you will be able manage all of your entries, pay all of your fees, receive all of your feedback digitally, as well as stay up to date on all competition BrewWorkshops available, judging sessions, and award ceremonies.
What not to do
More than anything else, DO NOT forget to have fun. This is a friendly competition meant to challenge you but also to build relationships within the home brew community and give you feedback on your favorite beers so that you can improve your brewing.
-submit bottles that are not approved; no growlers, no stainless steel containers, and no taped/glued on labels.
-submit beverages that don’t fit within a BJCP style; for example, no wine or kombucha.
-be afraid to ask questions and reach out; there are so many resources and people willing to help you learn and expand your working knowledge.
Important things to know
-It happens to the best of us. We intended on brewing an IPA, but it tastes like a blonde because of whatever weird factors. If this happens to you, submit your beer into the category it tastes like. If you submit an IPA that tastes more like a Blonde, BJCP guidelines will not be kind in judging that beer. Taste your beer with your friends, or get some feedback from your local homebrew shop, and try to put it in the category where you think it fits best, even if it’s not exactly what you intended on brewing. This will ensure that the feedback you get is the best possible constructive criticism on your beer.
-Tasting workshops will be your ultimate classroom. Let other home brewers and certified BJCP judges tastes and note your beer. This will help you categorize your beer and help you make a better version of that beer.
-Brewing is an ever evolving hobby. There are always new things to learn and new innovations applied to well established styles. Don’t ever stop learning. Take the critiques; good or bad, and use them to improve your beer and your process
Nevada BrewChallenge Checklist
- Registration for the NVBC opens on April 15th, 2020 and registration will be accepted through June 30th, 2020. All physical entries MUST be received by June 30th, 2020.
- Create your account on the Nevada BrewChallenge.
- Register your account; this will be your login every year when you compete in the NVBC.
- Decide what beers you are going to enter (Maximum of 5 entries per person).
- Once Entry Registration opens, enter all of your information for each of your entries. Be as thorough as possible to ensure that your entries are properly judged.
- The NVBC will accept entries into EVERY BJCP style, including mead and cider styles. This competition is open to every libation that has a corresponding BJCP Style Guideline. This is an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition.
- Pay your entry fees ($8.00 per entry).
- Print your labels from the Nevada BrewChallenge system on standard, 8.5″ x 11″ paper to make cutting them out easy. Do not use label paper.
Packaging Your Homebrew for the NVBC
- Make sure that you bottle in un-labeled, un-marked, non-engraved 12 oz amber bottles; they can be either heritage (short bottles, like Sierra Nevada Brewing Company bottles) or standard 12 oz bottles.
- Enter THREE 12 oz or 16 oz bottles per entry.
- We will also accept 22 oz bottles, Flip Top bottles, and corked bottles, which will be prepared the same as 12 oz standard bottles.
- Enter TWO bottles per entry for any bottle size over 16 oz.
- Cap your bottles with standard gold colored caps. If your bottles are already capped with a different color crown, make sure that you use a black sharpie to black out the entire top of the cap so that there are no other identifying marks.
- Corked or Flip Top can be left as is.
- Cut out your NVBC Labels. They should look like this when they’re done:
- Use a rubber band to attach your labels to the BODY of the correct bottles.
- Do Not Tape or Glue Labels to the Body or Neck.
- Do Not Attach Labels to the Neck of Your Bottles.
Shipping Your Entries
- Ship all entries to:
- Nevada BrewChallenge Attn: Community Organizer: 1275 Kleppe Ln. #21, Sparks, NV 89431
- Entries shipments must all be confirmed by Friday, June 26th, 2020, to meet the entry deadline of June 30th, 2020.
- If your beer is shipped by the shipping deadline, but will not arrive until after June 30th, 2020, contact. Morgan@nevadabrewchallenge.com with your entry registration information so allowances can be made to properly receive your entries for judging.
- Make sure that all of your entries are packaged properly with bottle labels already attached so that they can be properly received. All entries will be refrigerated upon receipt.
- Ensure that your entries are packaged well so that they do not break during shipping. Upon receipt of your entries, your Nevada BrewChallenge account will be updated within 48 hours.
Dropping Off Your Entries
- Current Entry Drop Off Locations are:
- 1275 Kleppe Ln. #21, Sparks, NV 89431
- Drop Off Dates are June 15th, 2020 through June 30th, 2020.
- All entries can only be received during normal business hours of the respective Drop Off locations.
- Make sure that all of your entries are packaged properly with labels attached and ready to be received. All entries will be refrigerated upon receipt at all Drop Off locations unless otherwise noted. Upon receipt of your entries, your Nevada BrewChallenge account will be updated within 48 hours.
- No Entries will be accepted after the June 30th deadline.
Judging and Stewarding
- If you would like to volunteer to Judge or Steward the NVBC, you can do so during the registration process. We welcome all volunteers of all skill levels, will be awarding BJCP points, and will be contacting all judges and stewards with the judging schedule. All personal information will be kept strictly confidential other than what is required to perform proper judging and feedback.
- Judging will take place from July 9th, 2020 to July 11th, 2020.
- All entries will be judged using the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines.
How Your Entries Will Be Judged
- All entries will be judged using 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.
- After all entries are received, like categories may be combined to help streamline judging. This depends on the number of entries per category and style/sub-style.
- We will always judge every beer to the exact style in which it was entered, despite combining categories.
- Every panel will have 2 to 4 judges who judge your entry based on the style in which you entered it. You score will depend on their overall agreement of said entry.
- Every entrant will have access to their Score Sheets via their account on the Nevada BrewChallenge by July 18th, 2020. Score Sheet availability will be announced by email.
- The Awards Ceremony will take place on July 18th, 2020. Location and time TBD.
- The NVBC will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place per overall category, and a Domination Award for Best of Show
Other Rules and Regulations
- To enter the NVBC, you MUST be a homebrewer. You may also be a commercial brewer or work in the brewing industry, but this competition is closed to any beer brewed on a commercial brewery system or pilot system. By entering, you confirm that the entries that you provide were brewed by you in a homebrew setting. Any commercially produced beers will not be eligible for placement, and will forfeit any entry fees.
- You may only enter ONE entry per sub-category. This means that you cannot enter 5 entries into any single sub-category. You may enter more than one entry into one master category, but you may not enter the same beer in two sub-categories.
- You may enter one beer over several categories up to your maximum number of entries, as long as you don’t enter the same beer in one category.
- Judges are welcome and encouraged to participate in the competition as well as judging. No judges will be on a panel that judges their own beer.
- Stewards are welcome and encouraged to participate in the competition as well as stewarding.