You can create your account today through Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM, PDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM, PDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM, PDT.

Entry Fees

$5.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Categories Accepted

If a sub-category's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the sub-category'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 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 IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White 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 Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A 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/Perry  

Pay Entry Fees

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 The Ink People

Entry Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist of 3, 12 ounce capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. 22 oz bottles will not be accepted.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms and recipe sheets must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottle labels by the method specified on the bottle label.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Some sub categories require you to state special ingredients used or to specify the base style of the beer. Examples are Fruit Beer and Wood Aged Beer and Specialty Beer. Failure to note such information will not disqualify entries but may impact the ability of the judges to score entries properly.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

Drop-Off Location

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:30 PM, PST through Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 4:30 PM, PDT.

Humboldt Beer Works
110 3rd St, Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-6258
*Hours: Wednesday – Friday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 12:30 PM, PST through Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 12:30 PM, PST.

Ship entries to:

Humboldt Beer Works
110 3rd Street #D Eureka

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 only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

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 your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations and Dates

Humboldt Beer Works (subject to change)
110 3rd St, Eureka, CA 95501
Friday, April 6, 2018 at 12:30 PM, PDT

Best of Show

Award to be announced!


Ribbons and score sheets will be handed out at the Humboldt Homebrew Festival.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table as long as there is an entry with a sufficient minimum score. The minimum score for an entry to place 3rd is 21, 2nd place 24 and 1st is 27.

Both score sheets and ribbons not collected the day of the festival will be available for pick up at Humboldt Beer Works during normal business hours following the festival. Results will be posted to the competition web site sometime after the festival. If you would like to arrange for your ribbons and score sheets to be mailed to you please contact Matt Hodgson at

Awards Ceremony

Humboldt Homebrew Festival | Arcata Community Center
321 Dr M.L.K. Jr Pkwy, Arcata, CA 95521
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 6:23 AM, PDT