Account Registration

You can create your account today through Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:59 PM, EDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:59 PM, EDT.

Entry Registration

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Monday, March 5, 2018 12:00 AM, EST through Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:59 PM, EDT.


Entry Fees

$8.00 (USD) per entry.


BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click 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 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/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 


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:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal


Entry Acceptance Rules

  • Beer entries shall consist of (3) three 10-12 oz. bottles.
  • All beer entries will be stored at the competition site in standard 24 bottle case boxes. Irregular shaped bottles require special handling and increase the risk of accidental mishandling. Bottles may be brown or green glass and must be free of any labels. In addition, these should not have raised glass designs, etched logos, or any other identifying marks.
  • Bottle caps must be either plain or blacked out with a magic marker.
  • Beer entries brought to drop-off points should be delivered in 4-pack or 6-pack holders or case boxes. Loose bottles are difficult for drop-off points to handle and run a high risk of breakage.
  • Cider and mead entries only may be submitted in larger bottles as specified in the Competition Rules. These larger bottles will be stored at a separate location at the competition site.
  • Attach a bottle label to each bottle entered with a rubber band.


Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:00 AM, EDT through Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:59 PM, EDT.

The Flying Barrel
1781 North Market St, Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-4491

Maryland Homebrew
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 108, Columbia, MD 21045
(888) 273-9669

3 Stars Brewing Co
6400 Chillum Place NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 670-0333


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:00 AM, EDT through Thursday, April 5, 2018 11:59 PM, EDT.

Ship entries to:

Maryland Homebrew
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 108, Columbia, MD 21045

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 Session Locations and Dates

Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro 1
11011 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705
Friday, April 13, 2018 6:00 PM, EDT

Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro 2
11011 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705
Saturday, April 14, 2018 9:00 AM, EDT

Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro 3
11011 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705
Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:30 PM, EDT



  • Medals and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each of the prize categories as determined by the organizers. Because of the large number of beer style categories in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines, organizers reserve the right to combine categories as necessary into a manageable number of overall prize categories.
  • There will be separate Best of Show awards for beer, cider, and mead. Medals and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall in each of these three primary categories.
  • The Bill Moe Award will be given to the entrant with the highest scoring extract-based beer.
  • Competition winners will be posted on this site by 11:00 PM on Saturday, Apr 14.


Awards Ceremony

Rockville, MD
Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:00 PM, EDT