SHA – VA Beer Blitz

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March 14, 2020 all-day
St. George Brewing Company

The Online Registration System is available here from

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Saturday, February 29, 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.

Click Here to Register or Sign In

Dropoff Locations

Entries for the Thirteenth Annual Virginia Beer Blitz may be dropped off at the following locations starting on Monday, February 3, 2020.

St. George Brewing Company
204 Challenger Way
Hampton VA, 23666
(757) 865-BEER
COB: 4:00 PM
AleWerks Brewing Company
189-B Ewell Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 220-3670
COB: 9:00 PM
AleWerks Satellite Taproom
5711-36 Richmond Road
Williamsburg Premium Outlets
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 220-3670
COB: 9:00 PM
American Homebrew Supply
5802 E. Virginia Beach Blvd #116
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
(757) 226-8573
COB: 6:00 PM
Wine and Cake Hobbies
6527 Tidewater Drive
Norfolk, VA 23509
(757) 857-0245
COB: 6:30 PM
Dropoff at the Homebrewing
Section, NOT the Front Register.
Brew & Bottle Homebrew Supply
304 Oyster Point Road
Newport News, VA 23602
(757) 881-9100
COB: 6:00pm
Original Gravity Homebrew
6118 Lakeside Ave
Richmond VA 23228
(804) 264-4808
COB: 6:00 PM
Artisans Wine & Homebrew
13829 Village Place Drive
Midlothian, VA 23114
(804) 379-1110
COB: 5:00 PM

Always verify the operating hours with the dropoff location before attempting to drop off your entries.

All entries must be registered and physically received at one of the dropoff locations
by the close of business (COB) on Saturday, February 29, 2020 in order to be eligible for judging.

No Exceptions


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.

Official Rules

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.
All entries must be physically received by Saturday, February 29, 2020 in order to be eligible for judging.


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.


  • Each entry must be packaged in a plain glass bottle and be either crown capped or corked.
  • Bottles and caps must be free of anything which is sufficiently unique that it could identify a brewer to a judge. This may include labels, unique bottle shapes or the like (NOTE: Raised lettering commercial beer bottles ARE permitted).
  • No swing-top bottles are allowed. Bottle caps should have any distinguishing marks completely blacked out.
  • Bottles not meeting these guidelines will be disqualified and ineligible for award. (They may be judged at the discretion of the Competition Organizer.)
  • Reusable containers, including “Carbonator” type devices, CAN NOT be returned.
  • Entries must consist of two (2) bottles, each with a completed bottle ID form attached by a rubber band. Please use the computer generated bottle ID tags created by the online registration system. A third bottle may be submitted, if desired.
  • All entries submitted become the sole property of the Colonial AleSmiths and Keggers (CASK).
  • No bottles or shipping materials will be returned, even if the entries are disqualified and not judged.
  • It is the solely up to the discretion of the Competition Organizer if disqualified entry fees will be reimbursed.

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

  1. Apprentice judges are welcome and encouraged to judge. Apprentice judges will be paired with experienced judges.
  2. Judges and Stewards will be our guests for a light breakfast before the competition and lunch between flights during the competition.
  3. Judges and stewards are expected to arrive NO LATER THAN 8:30AM.
  4. Out-of-town judges that are in need of overnight accommodations, please contact the Competition Organizer or Judge Director, as local homebrew Club members may be able to assist with overnight lodging.
  5. The Competition Organizer reserves the right to condense categories if insufficient entries are received in a particular category.
  6. Conversely, categories in which a large number of entries are received in each of several subcategories may be expanded to include multiple tables, or pre-judged as appropriate, to ensure adequate time is allowed for completion of the event on the scheduled date. In this circumstance, it is guaranteed that all entries WILL still be judged by registered judges for this competition.
  7. All judging & stewarding points will be filed with the BJCP by the Organizer within 72 hours following the competition (Note that the BJCP will record the points according to their regular update schedule).

Prizes and Awards

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place beers in each category will receive a ribbon or medal and other prizes.
The Best-of-Show beer will be awarded an award plaque and 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:

  • 1st Place in category: 5 points
  • 2nd Place in category: 3 points
  • 3rd Place in category: 1 point

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:

  • 1st Place in category: 5 points
  • 2nd Place in category: 3 points
  • 3rd Place in category: 1 point

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.