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Summer Suds in Savannah

Homebrew Competition

Summer Suds is Savannah Brewers League’s annual homebrew competition open to entrants around the country. It is a BJCP-sanctioned comp for all beer & cider categories open only to homebrewers. Mead makers, check our annual mead-only competition, Domras Cup, held in January/February. No professional or commercial entries are accepted.

Summer Suds is concurrent with the Savannah Craft Brew Fest with many combined events for entrants and judges alike. So enter your beers, come down to judge, and also enjoy the best of the ’fest.

Categories & subcategories may be combined for judging at the competition organizer’s discretion. Beers will be judged according to the subcategories in which they were submitted using the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Ribbons shall be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd category winners as well as prizes. A Best of Show round will also take place with bigger ribbons and bigger prizes. The Best of Show winner will be guest-brewed at Moon River Brewing Company.

Special Category 29: “Low Country Ale/Lager”, is now aged four years! Entrants in must provide the recipe and a written explanation (in 200 words or less) explaining why their entry embodies the essence of the Low Country. If you need more space than the online system allows, put it on paper and include with your entry.

When & Where

Location TBD
If necessary, a preliminary round will occur the weekend prior, depending on number of entries and available judges. It is expected that judging will occur in three flights, with Best of Show on Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Entry Fees

$7 per entry
  • PayPal (Link on registration page)
  • Check (Payable to “Savannah Brewers League”)
  • Cash

How to Enter

Summer Suds entry window is delayed due to technical difficulties. We are accepting judges, so please contact Mike or Vince (contact information below) if interested.

Entries must arrive by

  • Two (2) bottles per entry.
  • All bottles shall be standard brown or green glass with no raised lettering
    (yes, Sam Adams bottles are OK).
  • 10–16 oz. (12 oz. “standard” recommended).
  • Plastic and flip-top style bottles are not allowed.
  • Black out caps with lettering.
  • Fill out bottle labels in the online entry system and attach to each bottle with rubber band (no tape).

Ship entries to:

Summer Suds in Savannah
921 Boxwood Drive
Savannah, GA 31410

The following locations are offering Drop-Off Only entries. Do not ship to these address.

  • Savannah, GA

    Savannah Homebrew Shoppe
    2102 Skidaway Road
    Savannah, GA 31404 / Map & Directions
    912-201-9880 /
  • Stay tuned for additional drop-off location in the area.


Head Judge: Mike Tripka

Let Mike or Vince know if interested in judging the competition. All of our BJCP Study Group Judge Apprentices and current judges are highly encouraged to participate. Please see Mike for a Judge Information Form at the next meeting or contact him (843-540-9022).

Out of Town Judges: We need you too! Please contact Mike (843-540-9022) to receive a Judge Information Form.

It is expected that the competition will take place over sessions on Thursday evening and Friday. Judges & stewards should arrive no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, 8:30am on Friday. All entries must be turned in by the registration deadline. No day-of entries accepted.

Best of Show round will occur after category rounds are completed and is planned to take place either Friday evening or Saturday morning.

After The Competition

Preliminary results and evaluation forms will be scanned and uploaded to the registration website within 2 weeks after the competition. You will receive an email when they are ready for download and so that you can print your scoresheets at home. If you would like to receive a hard copy of your results, please contact Steve.