Sometimes, you just need a change… and a good IPA. We’re hoping for both! In the spring of 2017, we’ll be running the Hop Shop IPA Challenge in collaboration with the ever-delicious Great Lakes Brewery. This one is not our usual competition. No BJCP sanctioning, no wide range of styles, and a changeup in prizing to include things like Juiciest, Dankest, and Best Named IPAs in addition to the usual category winners. What’s similar? You’ll still be getting feedback on your brews from a panel of rockin’ judges, and our BOS winner will still receive a sweet brewing opportunity.
Entry Cost: $5 /beer
Entry and Submission Deadline: Saturday, March 4 at 4:00pm
Judging: Sunday, March 12 at Great Lakes Brewery
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, April 2 (KW location TBD)
Official Partner: Great Lakes Brewery
Best of Show Prize: Brewing at GLB
This is our first non-BJCP sanctioned competition, and our first featuring a single style. That said, we’ll still be loosely basing our judging around the core elements of the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for most categories. So, if you’re looking for guidance, this is a good place to start. Participants are welcome to enter up to one beer in each category aside from “Other,” where up to three entries will be permitted.
That’s right, anything goes in category 5. Looking to get a little crazy? This one’s for you. As long as you’re starting with an IPA as your base beer, it’s game on.
Please note that, as a homebrew competition, we’ll only be accepting beers brewed at a private residence by a hobbyist brewer. No commercial or brew-on-premise beers may be submitted. Here's what you need to do to sign up:
Participants must submit two bottles of each beer entered into the competition. Bottles must be between 330ml and 650ml in size, and must be made of either brown glass or brown PET. Swing-top bottles are permitted. A completed Bottle ID tag must be attached to each bottle using a rubber band. No other visible identifiers are permitted. This includes labels, raised glass, etchings, and ink. Please use a marker to black out any writing on the cap. Note that bottles will not be returned to entrants following the competition.
Interested in judging? Please e-mail email@example.com to sign up to judge in this Toronto-based competition. Please note that preference will be given to individuals with the following creds: industry professionals, BJCP, Cicerone, Prud'Homme, or other sensory training. Folks who have entered beer into the competition are still welcome to judge, but will not be permitted to judge any category/flight that they have entered. This extends to the BOS round, should their beer be put forward.
We look forward to hearing from you as the competition approaches. Share your progress with us through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #HopShopIPA. Feel free to mention us directly: @shortfingerbrewing on Instagram, and @shortfingerbeer on Twitter, and be sure to give Great Lakes Brewery some love too (@greatlakesbeer on both).If you have any questions about the competition, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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