2020 Important Dates
|Open Enrollment Application||January 14 to January 22|
|Acceptance Email, Entry Registration & Payment||Notified by February 14 (7 days to pay after notification)|
|First Round Shipping Window||February 20 to March 5|
|First Round Judging||March 13 to April 5|
See link for more details.
Registration closes on 2/1/2020.
425 paid entries limit.
- There is no limit on the number of entries. The Registration Page allows up to 10 entries. If a Brewer has more entries, contact the Registrar.
- Only one entry per subcategory allowed. (You can have one entry in 21A and one in 21B but you can’t have two in 21A or two in 21B).
- Each Entry will consist of two (2) bottles, each with a completed bottle ID form attached by a rubber band, the completed on-line entry form and PayPal payment.
- Entry Fee – $7 per entry … Paid via PayPal from the Registration Page with the Entry detail.
- A change in the platform of the registration program may make entry modifications difficult. Please wait to register your Entries until you are satisfied with the Category / Style.
- Each bottle with have a completed Shamrock Competition Bottle ID form, attached with a rubber band
- Entries must be received/dropped off at one of the locations listed below by 5PM on Saturday February 16th. No exceptions. Anything dropped off after 5PM on Saturday February 16th will not be eligible for judging. There will be no further pick-ups from Drop-Offs prior to the competition.
- There will not be a pickup at the February CARBOY meeting on February 27th
- There will be no formal out-of-town pickup this year. SHA Homebrew clubs (some clubs formally part of CBOY) may be coordinating collection and delivery. Check with your local club and have them contact the Shamrock Cellarmaster to streamline delivery.
- No entries will be accepted on the day of the competition.
- No-shows will not receive a refund
Registration Start – Friday December 27, 2019
Judging will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Saturday February 29, 2020. Registration will start at 8 AM — please be on time. Preliminary judging will be scheduled depending on the number of entries and judge availability. Late entries and walk-ins will only be accepted by decision of the Organizer.
The competition is limited to 425 Paid Entries.
This Event is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association and judged using the 2015 Beer Judge Certification Prpgram Style Guidelines. Detailed style descriptions may be found on the BJCP webpage. Entries will be accepted in all categories this year. Beer styles will have a separate Best of Show from the Cider and Mead styles.
Entrants may enter up to 8 beers as they like but are restricted to one entry per sub-category. Entrants are responsible for placing their beer in the proper category. No entry will be reclassified. Some categories may be combined or split at the organizer’s discretion. Entries will be judged according to the style originally indicated by the brewer.
We are proud to be a part of the MidSouth Series which is Mid-South Homebrewer of the Year and Club of the Year.
Judges and Stewards are needed for all of the preliminary judging sessions as well as on the day of the competition.
Those interested in being a judge or steward should indicate their offer on the Registration site. Judges and Stewards are allowed to specifiy which sessions they could attend along with preferred styles or disliked styles.
Lunch or Dinner will be provided for judges and stewards accompanying a judging session. Coffee and donuts/bagels will be provided the morning of the competition.
Judges for the Peach State Brew Off cannot judge in any category they have entered.
Any questions about judging should be directed to the Judge Coordinator, Wayne Otterbourg.
The Peach State Brew Off is open to all homebrewers regardless of their location. Beers brewed by two or more individuals must list the names of all involved. No commercially brewed entries will be accepted.
Entry fee is $10 per entry.
Payment can only be made through PayPal.
Entries will be accepted at the drop-off locations from Monday January 6, 2020 to Monday February 3, 2020. No entries will be accepted at drop-off locations after February 3, 2020.
All entries must be registered through the online registration site. The Online entry registration is available from December 29, 2018 through February 1, 2019.
Entries can be dropped off at the following locations.
The Diaper Rash Jelly Toast People’s Choice will be conducted during the Awards Ceremony and Raffle. There is no separate entry fee to be considered for this event. There are no style guidelines to adhere to. Just print out the Transport Permit Label and attach it to the keg.
To enter, bring a keg, or a case, just make sure to bring enough for everyone to get a sample. No advance registration is necessary, but a permit label is required. Entries will be accepted on the day of the competition only. The drop-off or shipping locations will not accept People’ Choice entries. If you bring a keg, please remember to provide a gas source and a tap. There should be no expectation of having any equipment available unless prior arrangements have been made.
The winner will be selected by popular vote from the people attending the Award Ceremony and Raffle. Winner will receive a commemorative plaque acknowledging the accomplishment.
Make it crazy, or make it sane. Pull out the special kegs!!!
Results will be announced at 1:00 PM on Saturday February 29, 2020 at Little Tree Art Studios.
The Ale Grail is presented to the Georgia Homebrew Club with the highest point total. Scoring is done using 1st = 5 points, 2nd = 3 points, and 3rd = 1 point. In the case of a points tie, the club with the most first place medals receives the presentation.
We will make every effort to post the results at the Covert Hops registration site on the day of the event.
Score Sheets will be available for download from the site shortly after that. An email will be sent to the registered email address when the score sheets are posted to the registration site.
The Online Registration System is available here from
Saturday, February 1, 2020
We are using the same system as last year. If you entered or volunteered last year, your account should still be available.
Once logged in, please consider volunteering to either judge or steward this year. There will be one session on Friday night and two on Saturday. To volunteer, visit the “My Info and Entries” section on the Online Registration System to indicate which sessions you are available to help. Thanks!
Please be advised: Some of the older accounts have been purged! If your account is not found, please register again.
Entries for the Thirteenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz may be dropped off at the following locations starting on Monday, February 3, 2020.
All entries must be registered and physically received at one of the dropoff locations
Competition Organizer: Bryan Flaherty
Judge Director: Bryan Falman
Steward Director: TBD
Online Registration and Registrar: Louise Schaeffler
Please feel free to contact any of these persons directly with any questions you may have and they will return your e-mail as soon as possible.
Entries will be accepted in ALL of the 2015 BJCP categories, including Mead and Cider. View the BJCP Style Guidelines.
Entry Deadline and Registration
Online Registration will begin Saturday, February 1, 2020 and end Saturday, February 29, 2020.
The entry fee is $8.00 per entry. There is a limit of 12 entries per brewer. Only one entry per subcategory per brewer will be accepted, with the exception of categories 29 (Fruit Beer) & 34 (Specialty Beer), where multiple entries will be accepted from the same brewer.
Completed scoresheets for each entry will be available for download within 24 hours of the end of the competition. The completed scoresheets can be downloaded from the Online Registration System.
Judging & Stewarding
Please plan on registering to Judge or Steward, if you will be able to join us for the competition.
Judging will take place at St. George Brewing Company in Hampton, VA and will begin promptly at 9:00AM. Every effort will be made to have all entries judged by qualified participants in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). St. George Brewing Company is located at 204 Challenger Way Hampton, VA 23666. Map to St. George Brewing Company
Prizes and Awards
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place beers in each category will receive a ribbon or medal and other prizes.
The Baron of the Blitz Award
The “Baron of the Blitz Award” will be awarded to the brewer who accumulates the most points during the Beer Blitz. The points will be awarded based upon 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finishes at any first-round table and based on the following points scale:
The Blitzkrieg Award
The “Blitzkrieg Award” which will be awarded to the HOMEBREW CLUB which accumulates the most points during the Beer Blitz. The points will be awarded based upon 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finishes at any first-round table and based on the following points scale:
The Homebrew Club which accumulates the most points throughout the competition will be declared the winner and will receive an award and lay claim to bragging rights for the next year.
In the case of a tie for either of these awards, the following tie-breakers will be applied, first, the highest number of first places and then, if required, the lowest number of entries.
Any issue not addressed by these rules will be resolved at the sole discretion of the Competition Organizer and that decision shall be final.
Please be sure to read the competition rules as they have changed for 2020. It is your responsibility to understand the rules before you enter. Best of luck!
- Entries open January 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM MST
- Home entries close February 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM MST
Standby for 2020 competition info, see link for more details.
SBL is participating in this event with 20 kegs for 100 gallons of brew from reclaimed water which will be trucked down from the Gwinnett’s county sanitation plant. In 2021, Savannah will have its own sanitation plant which will make future events like this easier. GA Association of Water Professionals conference organizers are working tirelessly in approving State legislation to allow reclaimed water to be consumed by the public. The President of the GA Association of Water Professionals is making the ReBrew event a major session during their Savannah conference in 2020.
Our participation in ReBrew event with the GA Association of Water Professionals SAV conference and Service Brewing has been green lighted. ReBrew will take place on July 13th and SBL will need 5-7 SBL members to help pour beers from our portable bar. Service Brewing is also on board with hosting the ReBrew event at their brewery. What we need from the SBL is a minimum of 100 bu’s of beers brewed with reclaimed water. We will receive access to this reclaimed water on May 13 which is 7.5 weeks away from the July 13thevent and only really gives us 4-5 weeks to create 100 bu’s. We will need ALL SBL member’s participation in order to fulfill this order. So go ahead and pre plan out some recipes so you can help support your local homebrew club. ALL recipe names will have to be approved by the GA Sanitation Water Professionals board. Sorry to disappoint everyone but the creative names that I have been hearing won’t be approved. So no Poo Brew, Sh!ts Porter, or IPeeA for obvious marketing reasons. This will be a big event for SBL, Savannah, and the GA Association of Water Professionals. SBL is working on getting an article published in Zymurgy (AHA magazine) and the local newspaper on this event.
Kegs, kegs, and kegs. If you have extra kegs that are not in use during the ReBrew timeframe, please loan them out to other members for this event, we will need them.