Account Registration

You can create your account today through Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:55 PM, EDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:55 PM, EDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:55 PM, EDT.

Entry Fees

$7.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Categories Accepted

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 Premimum 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 Weizenbock11A 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 English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental BeerC1A New World Cider
C1B English CiderC1C French CiderC1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional PerryC2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C ApplewineC2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet MeadM2A CyserM2B Pyment
M2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit MeadM2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadM4A Braggot
M4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead 

Entry Limit

There is a limit of five hundred and thirty (530) entries for this competition.

Payment

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Cash
  • Check, made out to Patrick Lauletta

Bottle Acceptance Rules

For each entry, please label and submit your bottles according to the following guidelines (read carefully!):

  • The BUZZ OFF is a two-bottle competition; one bottle is used for judging, the second is held in reserve in case the beer advances to the Best Of Show round.
  • 12oz brown glass bottles are recommended (we cannot guarantee that clear, green or blue bottles will be kept out of light during storage and organization).
  • 22oz / 750ml bottles are accepted; we still recommend submitting two, but for still or petillant meads and ciders you may submit one bottle at your discretion. Be aware that the same opened-and-resealed bottle would be used for Best Of Show, if your entry advances, and this may affect how well it does at the BOS table.
  • Swingtop (Grolsch) bottles are accepted but discouraged.
  • Growlers and kegs will not be accepted.
  • All bottles should be free of identifying marks; commercial bottles should have their labels completely removed.
  • Print your entry form(s) and bottle labels from this website, and attach them to your bottles with rubber bands only! NO TAPE OR GLUE! NO TAPE OR GLUE! NO TAPE OR GLUE! (If you've ever organized bottles for a competition, you know why this is so important!)

  • Please include your entry fee (check / cash / money order) in an envelope along with your entry forms, also attached with rubber bands only. For multiple entries, you may include all of your entry forms and fees in one envelope.
  • All entries must received by the entry deadline - if you are mailing your entries please allow for shipping time. Due to the complexity of organizing entries and the possibility of one or more prejudging sessions, we will not accept entries the day of the competition.
  • Bottles will not be returned, and become the property of BUZZ.

  • Score sheets will be delivered electronically to entrants.
  • Any entries not adhering to these guidelines may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the competition organizer.

Drop Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Saturday, April 22, 2017 through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Artisan Homebrew Supply Company
128 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA
610-873-4677

Brew Your Own Beer
2026 Darby Rd. Havertown, PA
610.449.5496

FANCY CAMPER LLC HOME BREW SUPPLIES
490 Lancaster Avenue, Suite 16 Malvern, PA 19355
610-647-7200

Home Sweet Homebrew
2008 Sansom Street | Philadelphia, PA 19103
215.569.9469

How Do You Brew, Inc.
Shoppes at Louviers, 203 Louviers Dr, Newark, DE 19711
302-738-7009
*Note closed Sunday and Monday

Keg And Barrel Homebrew Supply
âÄč2 S. Rt. 73 Unit I Berlin, NJ 08009
856-809-6931

Keystone Homebrew Supply - Bethlehem
128 East Third Street Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 997-0911
*Bethlehem dropoffs close early on May 4th

Keystone Homebrew Supply Montgomeryville
Address 435 Doylestown Road (Formerly Rte. 202) Montgomeryville, PA 18936
(215) 855-0100

Philly Homebrew Outlet East
1447 N. American St. Philadelphia, PA, 19122
215-755-4556

Philly Homebrew Outlet West
1314 S. 47th St. Philadelphia, PA, 19143
215-596-5408

Princeton Homebrew
208 Sanhican Drive Trenton, NJ 08618
609/252-1800

Weak Knee Home Brewing Supplies
1277 North Charlotte Street Pottstown PA 19464
(610) 327-1450
*Closed Monday Tuesday

Wine Barley & Hops Homebrew
248 Bustleton Pike Feasterville, PA 19053
(215) 322-4780

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Saturday, April 22, 2017 through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Ship entries to:

Artisan Homebrew Attn: BUZZ OFF
128 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs’ officials at their discretion. It is solely the entrant’s responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations/Dates

Packing Party - No Judge Points - Thursday
208 Carter Dr, Suite 2 West Chester, PA 19382
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM, EDT

Friday Night @ Levante Brewing
208 Carter Dr, West Chester, PA 19382
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM, EDT

Saturday AM @ Levante Brewing
208 Carter Dr, West Chester, PA 19382
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM, EDT

Saturday PM @ Levante Brewing
208 Carter Dr, West Chester, PA 19382
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM, EDT

Best of Show

New for 2017: Levante Brewing Company will select a beer from the Best of Show judging table to be scaled up and brewed on their system for the taproom.  The selected brewer will have the opportunity to assist with the brew.  Please note that the selected beer will not necessarily be the Best of Show winner, but instead will be chosen with production concerns in mind.

Awards

Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table. Prizes will also be awarded (exact prizes TBD).

Best Of Show, First- and Second-Runner-Up trophies will be awarded to the three best beers / ciders / meads in the competition.

The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed. It is impossible to know precisely when this will be, so we encourage you to come out to Levante Brewing Company in the late afternoon and have some food and beer while you await the announcements. In previous years we have be ready to announce the winners as early as 5:30, and as late as 7:00.

Award Ceremony

Levante Brewing Company
208 Carter Dr, West Chester, PA 19382
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM, EDT