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 -This commerical competition is Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned event with all judging being done by BJCP certified judges and beer industry leaders.

-The 2015 BJCP beer style guidelines will be used in judging all beers with the exception of Session IPA which will follow 2016 GABF guidelines.

-This contest is open to any commercial brewery (Must provide TTB Brewers Notice to enter) and homebrewers are not eligible to compete.

-Multiple locations with separate TTB numbers are allowed but multiple locations can NOT submit the same beer/recipe from multiple locations.

-Brewers are limited to one entry per category.

-Entry fee is $55 per entry with no restriction on the number of entries per brewery.

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

-This event is not open to the public. Contestants should NOT send any brewery staff or company personnel, just send your beer enteries.

-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 entry will be judged by at least 2 judges.

-The competition organizers are NOT responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are NOT received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

-All proceeds go to charity.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B1 Belgian IPA21B2 Black IPA
21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA21B5 Rye IPA
21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34C Experimental Beer
35A Session IPA (Custom Style)36A Amoretti Custom Beer (Custom Style) 


Judging Locations and Dates

NoDa Brewing Company
2229 N Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:00 AM, EST

NoDa Brewing Company
2229 N Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:00 PM, EST

NoDa Brewing Company
2229 N Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
Sunday, January 14, 2018 9:00 AM, EST

NoDa Brewing Company
2229 N Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
Sunday, January 14, 2018 1:00 PM, EST



Medals of Gold, Silver and Bronze will be awarded to the top three finishers in each beer judging category.

Medalists will receive their medals and judging sheets in the mail within 4 weeks from the conclusion of the contest. All other competitors will have their judging sheets emailed to them.

All medalists in attendance will be announced at the Jolly Skull Beer and Wine Festival going at the Greenville, NC Convention Center on 20 January 2018. All medalist will be posted on this webpage within 24 hours of Jolly Skull’s conclusion.

One brewery will be named Grand Champion who will be awarded a championship belt and award comes in a black satin lined presentation box.

The ranking system for the overall Grand Champion is as follows: A brewery will receive points for each medal (Gold = 5, Silver = 3 and Bronze = 1) they are awarded. The brewery with the most points overall is the Beer Army Beer Wars Grand Champion.

We will also provide a list naming the Top 10 winners.


Awards Ceremony

Jolly Skull Beer and Wine Festival
303 SW Greenville Blvd, Greenville, NC 27834
Saturday, January 20, 2018 3:00 PM, EST