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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 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.


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

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 Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kölsch 5C German Helles Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Märzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock
9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter12A British Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA13A Dark Mild13B British Brown Ale
13C English Porter14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout17A British Strong Ale
17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barley Wine18A 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 IPA 21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA 21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA 21B7 Brut IPA
21C Hazy IPA22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 23G Gose
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Bière de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Belgian Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer 27A1 Kellerbier
27A2 Kentucky Common27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 London Brown Ale
27A5 Piwo Grodziskie27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A8 Roggenbier27A9 Sahti28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer 28C Wild Specialty Beer 28D Straight Sour Beer
29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29C Specialty Fruit Beer
29D Grape Ale 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 30D Specialty Spice Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Commercial Specialty Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer LSX1 Dorada Pampeana
LSX2 IPA ArgentaLSX3 Italian Grape Ale LSX4 Catharina Sour
LSX5 New Zealand PilsnerC1A New World Cider C1B English Cider
C1C French Cider C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry
C2A New England Cider C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2C Applewine
C2D Ice Cider C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2F Specialty Cider/Perry
M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead
M2A Cyser M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead
M4C Experimental Mead   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

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


Best of Show

1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded for Best of Show for beer styles.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded for Best of Show for Mead and Cider styles.



A brief awards ceremony will take place Shortly after the BOS Judging. The ceremony will start between 6 and 6:30 pm.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each beer category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer as well as 2nd and 3rd Best of Show prizes. The competition will also include Best of Show round for Meads and Cider with a single Best of Show for Meads and Cider as well as 2nd and 3rd Best of Show for Meads and Cider.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

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.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be sent back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site within 72 hours after the ceremony concludes.

The ceremony is open to all competition participants, pizza and refreshments will be served.


Awards Ceremony

St. James Lutheran Church - Fellowship Hall
2437 Niagara Road, Niagara Falls, NY, 14304
Saturday, March 2, 2024 6:00 PM, EST


Circuit Qualification

None, do not enter AWOG if you beleive the competition is part of a circuit.