Welcome to the Midwinter Homebrew Competition Website

The focus of this competition is to provide good feedback to all entrants and reward talented beer, mead, and cider making. All entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Judges. All mead entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Mead Endorsed Judges.

Professional Ramp Ups and Pro Am Qualifiers

Our friends at the Milwaukee Brewing Company, Moonlight Meadery, and White Winter Winery will be partnering with us in 2017 to give some amateur brewers, mead, and cider makers with some excellent opportunities.

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Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Midwinter Homebrew Competition organized by Beer Barons of Milwaukee.

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.

Entry Registration is Open

333 entries have been added to the system as of 1:07 PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

To add your entries into the system, please proceed through the registration process or log in if you already have an account.

Judge and Steward Registration is Open

If you have not registered and are willing to be a judge or steward, please register: judge | steward.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu.

Rules

The Midwinter Home Brew Competition is an AHA & BJCP sanctioned competition open to any amateur home brewer age 21 or older.

The competition will be limited to 850 entries.

All 2015 BJCP categories of Beer, Mead, Cider will be accepted http://www.bjcp.org.

All entries must be entered under the name of the brewer.

All mailed entries must received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations per the deadline noted for each location. Please double check and verify your drop off location's deadline.

Under no circumstances will walk-in entries be allowed.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Brewing Company, the Milwaukee Ale House, Moonlight Meadery, White Water Winery, or any of the competition drop off locations are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries. All possible efforts will be made to combine or group similar styles. Combined or grouped entries will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least two BJCP judges or one BJCP judge and an industry professional.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. With the exception of: TBD, and with the stipulation that the beer/mead/cider entered be unique by use of a different base style, spice or fruit additive. Example: Only 1 entry each of 2a, 2b and 2c are acceptable (3 entries). Or - Multiple entries of Category 29A are acceptable if 1 was a cherry stout and the other entry was a cherry pale ale or blueberry stout.

For example, participants may enter a Belgian Blonde Ale (24A) and Saison (25B), but may not enter two Saisons, even if they are different brews. Exceptions

Disclosure of special and base ingredients, along with sweetness, alcohol strength, and carbonation levels will be required per BJCP 2015 guidelines.

Recipes are not required. Should an entrant provide their recipe they will retain the rights to it.

The Milwaukee Brewing Company may tweak recipe to fit there brewing system. Beer brewed by the Milwaukee Brewing Company remains property of the Milwaukee Brewing Company.

Moonlight Meadery is not responsible for covering shipping fees or packaging to their pro-am competition.

White Winter Winery may tweak recipe to fit there system. Cider made by White Winter Winery remains property of White Winter Winery.

Those submitting entries for the ramp up categories are encouraged to submit a third bottle. See Bottle Acceptance Rules for additional information.

Milwaukee Brewing Company, Moonlight Meadery, White Winter Winery, and the Milwaukee Ale House are not responsible for any travel or accomidations that a ramp up winner may incur as part of the ramp up experience.

Categories with a small number of entries may be combined at the discretion of the competition organizers. The Competition Coordinator or other qualified person will review elements of beer categories and styles with each panel prior to judging.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a panel of senior level BJCP judges based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants for any reason.

All entries become the property of the Midwinter Home Brew Competition.

Rules and regulations subject to change.

Competition Officials

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

  • Bruce Buerger — Competition Coordinator
  • Brian Joas — Judging Coordinator
  • Joe Kolbach — Cellar Master
  • David Stanton — Steward Coordinator

Sponsors

Beer Barons of Milwaukee is proud to have the following sponsors for the 2017 Midwinter Homebrew Competition.

Beer Barons Of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
Beer Barons Of Milwaukee
Host Organization
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee Brewing Company
Competition and Beer Ramp Up Sponsor
Moonlight Meadery
Londonderry, NH
Moonlight Meadery
Mead Pro Am Sponsor & Pairing Dinner Participant
Northern Brewer
Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN, and St. Paul, MN
Northern Brewer
Logistical Sponsor & Drop Off Location
Revere’s Wells Street Tavern
Delafield, WI
Revere’s Wells Street Tavern
Facility Sponsor
White Winter Winery
Iron River, WI
White Winter Winery
Cider Ramp Up Sponsor
German Fest
Milwaukee, WI
German Fest
Score Sheet Mailing Sponsor
Beer Barons World Of Beer Festival
Milwaukee, WI
Beer Barons World Of Beer Festival
Glass Sponsor
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Chilton, WI
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Awards Ceremony Speaker Sponsor
BSG Handcraft
Shakopee, MN
BSG Handcraft
Lunchtime Session Sponsor
Craft Meister
Winona, WI
Craft Meister
Lunch Time Session Sponsor
Discount Liquor
Milwaukee, WI
Discount Liquor
Glass Sponsor
Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, MN
Surly Brewing Company
Glass Sponsor
Brew & Grow
Waukesha, WI, Madison, WI
Brew & Grow
Drop Off Location
Farmhouse Brewing Supply
Janesville, WI
Farmhouse Brewing Supply
Drop Off Location
Hop To It
Racine, WI
Hop To It
Drop Off Location
Perfect Brewing Supply
619 E Park Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048
Perfect Brewing Supply
Drop Off Location
Smokin’ Brew
Elkhorn, WI
Smokin’ Brew
Drop Off Location
The Cellar
Oshkosh, WI
The Cellar
Drop Off Location
The Purple Foot
Milwaukee, WI
The Purple Foot
Drop Off Location
Thirsty Pagan Brewing
Superior, WI
Thirsty Pagan Brewing
Drop Off Location
Wine & Hop Shop
Madison, WI
Wine & Hop Shop
Drop Off Location