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Summer Suds in Savannah

Homebrew Competition

The Summer Suds in Savannah homebrew competition is the annual homebrew competition for the Savannah Brewers League. This event 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 Brewfest.

The 2013 Summer Suds in Savannah homebrew competition is a BJCP-sanctioned competition for all beer & cider categories open to all homebrewers. No professional or commercial entries are accepted. Our annual Domras Cup (mead-only competition) continues as a separate competition in January/February.

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.

Third year’s a charm for special Category 29: “Low Country Ale/Lager”. Entrants shall provide the recipe and a written explanation (in 200 words or less) for why their entry is the essence of the Low Country. Big prizes for this beer as well!
If you need more space than the online system allows, put it on paper and include with your entry.

When & Where

Savannah Morning News:
1375 Chatham Parkway | Savannah, GA 31405
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 prior to the BrewFest.

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 closed. You can still pay for your entires using the link above. Thank you everyone for your entries (over 250!). We are still accepting judges, so please contact Mike or Vince (contact information below) if you are interested.

Entries are due 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 Shop
    2102 Skidaway Road
    Savannah, GA 31404 / Map & Directions
    912-201-9880 /
  • Atlanta, GA

    Beer Necessities
    10595 Old Alabama Road
    Alpharetta, GA 30022 / Map & Directions
  • Jonesboro, GA

    Just Brew It!
    1924 Georgia 85
    Jonesboro, GA 31404 / Map & Directions
  • Jacksonville, FL

    Just Brew It
    2670 Rosselle Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32204 / Map & Directions


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.