Blue Lake Hops Homebrew Competition Style Guidelines

Beer Styles

  • Golden or Blonde Ale (18A)
  • American-Style Pale Ale (18B)
  • Juicy or Hazy (NEPA) (21B)
  • American-Style India Pale Ale (21A)
  • American-Style Brown Ale (19C)

Hops

As part of our brewing competition, we require that each of your beers include our fresh-off-the-bine bittering hops (Cascade) or aroma hops (Crystal). To purchase The Blue Lake Process® Hops please visit our online store or one of our local retailers.

Use the promo code HOMEBREW2020 for $5 off your order.

NOTE: A prize will be awarded to the best beer that contains ONLY The Blue Lake Process® Hops. Beers with hop additions other than The Blue Lake Process® Hops will be eligible for style awards but will not be eligible for the Best in Show prize.

Beer Samples

Please send two 12oz. bottles of beer per style entered with the name and style of the beer included. Print and attach labels to each bottle using a rubber band only. Labels must be a minimum of 1.5” wide and 2” tall. Please also include a copy of The Blue Lake Process® hops purchase receipt with your shipment. We will match the ship-from name and address with that of the registration within our competition entry system. “Bottle Identification Form” and “Entry/Recipe Form” can be found below. Please fill out and include both with your entry.

Please ship or drop off your competition beers to:

Hoportuist Hot Spot c/o Home Brew Competition

4574 Dowling St.

Montague, MI 49437

Key Dates

Entries open July 1, 2020

Entries close November 30, 2020

Beer sample ship window opens September 1, 2020

Beer sample ship window closes November 30, 2020 Judging week December 9, 2020

Judging & Awards

Judging will take place the week of December 7th, 2020, in Western Michigan. Winners will be notified by email the week following the week of beer judging.

Participation Awards.

Each participant will receive a special edition Blue Lake Hops pint glass.

Style Awards.

First, Second and Third place medals will be awarded for each style.

Purchase Location Prizes

No matter where you purchased “The Blue Lake Process®’  one Blichmann Hop Rocket™ will be awarded to the best entry from that retail source. One person from online sales and one person from each retail outlet will win a Hop Rocket™.

Best in Show.

A 10.5 Gallon Anvil Foundry with recirculation pump will be awarded to the best beer that contains ONLY The Blue Lake Process® Hops.

10.5 Gallon Foundry

Beers with hop additions other than The Blue Lake Process® Hops will be eligible for style awards but WILL NOT be eligible to win the 10.5 Gallon Anvil Foundry.

Documents

2020 Homebrew Competition