The Free State Homebrew Club Guild, Ltd., in partnership with the Maryland State Fair and Timonium Fairgrounds, are proud to announce the 2018 Maryland State Fair Homebrew Competition.
About the Competition
The competition, now in its third year, is a component of the Maryland State Fair’s Open Class Farm and Garden exhibition, proudly showcasing the best homebrewed beers in the State of Maryland.
In 2018, the competition is officially sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), the largest non-profit organization chartered to promote beer literacy and the appreciation of real beer, and to recognize beer tasting and evaluation skills. BJCP judges conduct objective beer evaluation and provide extensive critical feedback of beers, meads, and ciders, and are recognized worldwide for their abilities.
The competition is also sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), a division of the Brewers Association, an American trade group of over 7,200 brewers, breweries in planning, suppliers, distributors, craft beer retailers, and Individuals particularly concerned with the promotion of craft beer and homebrewing. The Brewers Associations’ charter is to promote and protect small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts.
INFORMATION FOR ENTRANTS
The 2018 Maryland State Fair Homebrew Competition is open to any resident of the state of Maryland 21 years of age or older. Entrants may not be employed by any brewery, brewpub, or serve in any professional capacity in producing beer. This competition is intended for hobbyist homebrewers only.
Homebrew Entry Registration
Step One: Registration
To register an entry or entries via traditional mail, please download the Entry Form here and mail it to:
Superintendent, Farm & Garden Department P.O. Box 188 Timonium, MD 21094-0188
Step Two: Bottle Labeling
For each entry, you must provide 3 plain, unmarked, glass bottles with caps. The bottles must be between 10 to 16 oz. with all commercial labels removed. All bottle caps must be plain or blacked out. Growlers, crowlers, cans, and swing-top bottles are not permitted.
Step Three: Drop-Off/Submission
- Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 from 1PM to 8PM or
- Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 from 9AM to 8PM.
The Timonium Fairgrounds are located at 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093. Entries must be dropped off at the Farm & Garden Building. Further directions may be found here and a map of the Fairgrounds may be found here.
When you drop off your entries, you will receive a computer entry tag for each entry you have registered. Be sure to retain the “Claim Check” portion of the computer entry tag as you will need it later.
Step Four: Pickup/Claiming
After judging has taken place, those entries that have placed will be assigned ribbons and awards based upon place. Ribbons and entries will be displayed from Saturday, August 25, 2018 to Monday, September 3, 2018. Entries cannot be removed during this time period. Any early removal of the entry will result in forfeiture of ribbons and premiums (prizes).
Entries will be available for pickup beginning on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You must present your Claim Check at this time. If you are unable to pickup your entries during this period, the entries, awards, and prizes become property of the Maryland State Fair.
There is no entry fee for entering. Participants may enter as many entries as they would like at no cost. Only one entry may be entered per class (sub-category) however.
- Brew must be shown in 10 to 16 oz. glass bottles with all commercial labels removed. All bottle caps must be plain or blacked out. No growlers permitted
- Exhibitors must submit 3 plain, unmarked, glass bottles with caps for each brew entered.
- Exhibitors may enter only one entry per class.
- Judging will be by professional brewers and/or experienced judges in the field of brewing.
- Judging will be based on aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel and overall impression. A 50 point score sheet is used and returned to the exhibitors. Score sheets can be picked up during entry release time.
- Exhibitors may not be employed by any Brewery or Brewpub.
- Bottles will be emptied after judging.
- The Fair is not responsible for lost or damaged items
BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted
Entries will be judged according to the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) 2015 Style Guidelines. Following are the categories into which an entry may be entered.
Entrants will receive monetary awards based upon place of :
- 1st Place $10.00
- 2nd Place$8.00
- 3rd Place $6.00
- 4th Place $4.00
- 5th Place $2.00
- Best in Show (Champion) – $20
- Division Winners (Reserve Champions) – $15
INFORMATION FOR JUDGES AND STEWARDS
The 2018 Maryland State Fair Homebrew Competition is looking for judges, stewards, and volunteers.
How to Sign Up
What Do Judges, Stewards and Volunteers Do?
Judges objectively evaluate beers on aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression by using the Beer Judge Certification Program’s guidelines and scoresheet. While experienced judges are preferred, no prior judging experience is required. Novice judges will be paired with more experienced judges to gain insight and experience on the beer evaluation and judging process.
Stewards are responsible for all entries entering and leaving the cooler, ensuring that entries are accurately sorted into flights and delivered to the appropriate judge team, and that paperwork is accurately completed prior to turning it in to the registrar. Stewards also may sit with judges, taste beer, and get experience on evaluation and how to judge beer.
Judging Session Location and Dates
Judging for the 2018 Maryland State Fair homebrew competition will take place on Friday August 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Farm and Garden pavillion. If the number of entrees exceeds the space allocated for judging, judging will be moved to another location on the Timonium Fairgrounds property. Judging will continue until all entrees have been evaluated and scored.
What You’ll Receive
Judges, stewards, and volunteers in attendance will receive:
- free admission and parking to the Maryland State Fair the evening of judging
- complimentary day passes for another day at the Fair
- BJCP judging or non-judging points
As noted, parking for judges, stewards, and volunteers will be complimentary, but parking passes must be mailed to judges at least a week in advance of the judging.