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Homebrew Competition

Registration opens June 1st and closes June 30th

Thank you for your interest in the El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition organized by the Brew Brothers of Pikes Peak, in collaboration with the El Paso County Fair.






Register at:

Judge and Steward Registration is Open
If you have not registered and are willing to be a volunteer, please register.


You don't have to be an El Paso County resident to participate in the competition, however, only El Paso County residents will be eligible for the Best of Show award. All entries must be homebrews, no professionally brewed beers.

Accepted Beer Styles

The following summery beer styles will be accepted and judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Styles other than these (even as the base for a specialty beer) will not be eligible for awards.
  • Lagers & Pilsners
    • 1A and B: American Light and Lager
    • 2A: International Pale Lager
    • 3A and B: Czech Pale and Premium Pale Lager
    • 4A: Munich Helles
    • 5D: German Pils
    • 7A: Vienna Lager
    • 27: Pre-Prohibition Lager
  • Hybrid Beers
    • 1C: Cream Ale
    • 5B: Kolsch
    • 18A: American Blonde Ale
    • 19B: California Common
  • Pale Ales
    • 18B: American Pale Ale
    • 21A: American IPA
    • 21B: Belgian IPA, Rye IPA, White IPA only
  • Wheat and Rye Beers
    • 1D: American Wheat
    • 10 A and B: Weissbier and Dunkels Weissbier
    • 27: Gose and Roggenbier
  • Belgian Ales
    • 24 (all): Witbier, Belgian Pale Ale, Biere de Garde
    • 25B: Saison
  • British and Commonwealth Beers
    • 11 (all): Ordinary Bitter, Best Bitter, Strong Bitter
    • 12 (all): British Golden Ale, Australian Sparkling Ale, English IPA
    • 14 A: Scottish Light
  • Specialty Beers (must use one of the accepted styles as its base)
    • 29A: Fruit Beer
    • 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer


You can create your account today through Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM, MDT.Judges and stewards may register now through Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM, MDT.

Entry Registration

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Friday, June 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM, MDT through Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 5:00 PM, MDT.

Entry Fees

$7.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Categories Accepted

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

1A American Light Lager 1B American Lager 1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer 2A International Pale Lager 3A Czech Pale Lager
3B Czech Premium Pale Lager 4A Munich Helles 5B Kolsch
5D German Pils 7A Vienna Lager 10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier 11A Ordinary Bitter 11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter 12A English Golden Ale 12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA 14A Scottish Light 18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale 19B California Common 21A American IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
24A Witbier 24B Belgian Pale Ale 24C Biere de Garde
25B Saison 27A1 Gose 27A4 Roggenbier
27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager 29A Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

Entry Limit

There is a limit of 100 entries for this competition.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per sub-category .

Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

Entry Acceptance Rules

For each entry, submit 2 12-oz. bottles with a bottle ID form (printed from this site after you register) attached to each bottle using rubber bands (do NOT tape or glue forms onto the bottles). Bottles should have no labels, embossing, or other identifying markings aside from the bottle ID form. If there are designs or writing on your bottle caps, black them out with a marker.

Brown bottles are preferred, although green or clear bottles are OK. Capped, corked, or flip-top bottles will all be accepted. However, bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry. Don't forget it at home when you drop off your beers.

Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified and indicate the base beer style used for specialty beers. Failure to note such information may impact the judges' scoring of your entry and your eligibility to win an award.

Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Monday, June 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM, MDT through Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 5:00 PM, MDT.

Old West Homebrew
229 East Pikes Peak Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903

5765 Academy Blvd N, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 598-1164
*Does not have cold storage

Castle Rock Homebrew Supply
1049 Park St, Castle Rock, CO 80109
(303) 660-2275

625 Paonia St, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
(719) 528-1651

1133 North Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
(720) 485-4959
*Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Monday, June 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM, MDT through Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 PM, MDT.

Ship entries to:

El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition c/o WineCrafters
625 Paonia St., Colorado Springs, CO 80915

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations and Dates

625 Paonia St Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 5:30 PM, MDT


Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on opening day of the El Paso County Fair, July 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded in each category – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. There will also be a Best of Show award, however, it's limited to El Paso County residents only.

Anyone who enters beer in the competition will also receive one (1) free admission to the fairgrounds on opening day, July 14, so they can attend the awards ceremony and enjoy fair activities. Mark your calendar!

If you cannot attend the awards ceremony, score sheets will be mailed/emailed and ribbons will be mailed to you.

Results will be posted to the competition website and the Brew Brothers website after the ceremony.

Win a chance to Brew with a Pro at Black Forest Brewing Company. Black Forest Brewing reserves the right to not pick a winner. Winner must be an El Paso County resident.

Awards Ceremony

El Paso County Fairgrounds, Swink Hall
366 10th St, Calhan, CO 80808
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM, MDT

Judging Locations and Dates:

07/10/2018 at 5:30 PM, MDT

Entry bottles accepted at drop-off locations 06/18/2018 at 11:00 AM, MDT through 06/30/2018 at 5:00 PM, MDT.

Entry bottles accepted at the shipping location 06/18/2018 at 12:00 AM, MDT through

Competition Official
You can send an email to: Ryan Martz — Competition Coordinator

El Paso County Fair Homebrew Competition – BCOE&M 2.1.9 2009-2018

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