Our basic format will remain the same - there will be three Divisions, each of which will be judged in a different city. Each Division will consist of several BJCP style categories; each category will award first, second, and third place. The winner of each category (and, potentially, the second place beer for each) will advance to the Division Best of Show. The top three beers for the Division will receive fabulous prizes, and the top beer for each will advance to the overall Best of Show to compete for our grand prize package.
As of the writing of this post, we have eleven sponsors who have already agreed to return for this year's Challenge; I fully expect that number to grow drastically before judging happens.
Without a doubt, the ultra-popular Homebrew Hero awards are returning for 2016. This is a lifetime achievement type award - if you won a cape in last year's Challenge, you will not be eligible to win again this year. To qualify, you must brew three different beers that are medal-eligible (i.e. a minimum score of thirty for each).
Of course, we wouldn't want things to stagnate, so a few changes are in order for this year's Challenge. First and foremost, we are expanding the Division caps from one hundred to a maximum of one hundred fifty beers. Instead of Hoppy, Balanced, and Malty Divisions, we're going with more of a
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Sweet! Can't wait to see the restrictions and get brewin for this one! Last year was a blast.
posted by Fenix159 on 6/22/2016 at 09:08:52 AM
We're glad to have you again this year!
posted by homebrewdad on 6/22/2016 at 09:26:41 AM
The challenge is getting out of my comfort zone and brewing styles that i normally wouldn't. It looks like i will be brewing four different beers. One for each division and a SMaSH. Last year i did ok and it was a lot of fun. Thanks.
posted by anonymous on 6/22/2016 at 11:09:09 AM
Very Nice! Need that grain list :) Love the Historical options, right up my alley~
posted by vcbeeroness on 6/22/2016 at 12:56:40 PM
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