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Thank you for your interest in the WNY Homebrew Competition: Amber Waves of Grain organized by Niagara Association of Homebrewers, Niagara Falls, NY.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the WNY Homebrew Competition: Amber Waves of Grain!

There are 379 registered entries and 95 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 2:28 PM, EST, there are 369 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).

Rules

This year's competition is not limiting entries per participant, with 2 bottles/cans supplied for each entry.
This is an amateur competition. Professional Brewers, and employees of professional breweries, may submit entries, provided that they were brewed on non-commercial equipment. Affixed entry labels by rubberband, do not use tape. Tape entries will be disqualified.

All entries shall be paid by Saturday February 17th 8:00 AM. All unpaid entries will be purged from the competition and not judged. No refunds will be given even if entry was not dropped off in time.

All entries must have BJCP category and sub-category information entered. Entries will be judged in the category entered. Any entered in the incorrect categories will not be reassigned.

It is at the discretion of the judges, upon consultation with the Head Judge or Competition Organizer, to disqualify any entry that is deemed to be unsafe for complete analysis due to perceived infection or contamination. Judge sheets will be noted and returned. No refunds will be provided.

The competition organizers intend to post competition results within 72 hours of the completion of the competition on the Web at https://awog.brewcompetition.com/ Score sheets will be emailed to entrants and judge point information sent to the BJCP within two weeks of the competition. Any scoresheets not picked up in a month the entrant will be sent out.

Prizes not picked up at the awards ceremony will be sent to the entrant and the entrant will be required cover the cost of the shipping.

All entries become the property of the Niagara Association of Homebrewers. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry for failure to comply with these rules. Disqualified entries may be evaluated but will not be eligible for awards or prizes. No entries or fees will be returned. The decision of the judges is final.

All proceeds of the competition will be used to defray competition expenses. 100% of donations solicited from commercial brewers, distributors, good beer bars, and homebrew-related businesses and manufacturers are given out as prizes for winning at the competition, and as gifts to the support team of judges, stewards, and organizers.

Please fill out the online entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

All entry fees must be paid in full at or before the time the entry is shipped or dropped off.

Multiple entries per category are permitted. Multiple entries per sub-category are permitted. Submitting an entry of the same batch of brew multiple times in the same subcategory, without distinct features expected in each entry, is not an acceptable practice (i.e. loading the category with the same exact brew multiple times).

Currently, the online entry software is being used to collect your entry information, collect your payment, and print the entry forms and bottle tags for your entries. The information you have entered and saved by the entry deadline is the information we will use to judge your entries. Changes made after the entry deadline may not be applied to your entries for judging.

Judging Sessions

Session 1 @ LillyBelle (Meads and Ciders Only)
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 6:00 PM, EST

Session 2 @ Niagara Tradition
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 5:30 PM, EST

Session 3 @ St. James Lutheran Church
Friday, March 1, 2024 1:00 PM, EST

Session 4 @ St. James Lutheran Church
Friday, March 1, 2024 5:00 PM, EST

Session 5 @ St. James Lutheran Church
Saturday, March 2, 2024 9:00 AM, EST

Session 6 @ St. James Lutheran Church
Saturday, March 2, 2024 1:00 PM, EST

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • 01 Mark Zambron — Co Competition Organizer
  • 02 Brian Milleville — Co Competition Organizer
  • 03 John Crossett — Registrar
  • 04 Andrew Urban — Head Judge
  • 05 Tom Sirgey — Head Stewart
  • 06 Tom Reed — Judging Site Coordinator
  • 07 Tim Collins — Treasurer
  • 08 Paul Callahan — Co Prize Coordinator
  • 09 Keith Curtachio — Co Banquet Coordinator
  • 10 Sean Wall — Co Prize Coordinator
  • 11 Mark Scibilia — Co Prize Coordinator
  • 11 Paul Weisenburger — Co Banquet Coordinator