Account Registration

You can create your account today through Monday, January 29, 2018 9:00 PM, CST.

Judges and stewards may register now through Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:00 PM, CST.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Monday, January 29, 2018 11:00 PM, CST.


Entry Fees

$7.00 (USD) per entry.


BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted

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

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental BeerC1A New World Cider
C1B English CiderC1C French CiderC1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional PerryC2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C ApplewineC2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet MeadM2A CyserM2B Pyment
M2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit MeadM2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadM4A Braggot
M4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead 


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:

  • Cash
  • Check, made out to Northern Alestars
  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal


Entry Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist of TWO 12 to 22 ounce capped bottles or corked bottles.  Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms and recipe sheets must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.


Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Friday, January 5, 2018 9:00 AM, CST through Saturday, January 27, 2018 6:00 PM, CST.

Thirsty Pagan Brewing
1623 Broadway Superior WI 54880
*Entries will be picked up Tuesday January 30.

Northern Brewer St. Paul
1150 Grand Ave St. Paul, MN 55105
*Entries must be dropped off by Saturday January 27, 2018.

Northern Brewer Minneapolis
6021 Lyndale Ave S
*Entries must be dropped off by Saturday January 27, 2018.

2017 Minnesota Mashout (Held At Summit Brewing January 26-27)
910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN
*Participants in the Mashout may drop off entries at this location (outside the judging room). Entries will be picked up by 8 pm Saturday January 27

Northern Brewer Milwaukee
1306 S 108 St
*Entries must be dropped off by close of business Tuesday January 23, 2018, to ensure transport.


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Friday, January 5, 2018 9:00 AM, CST through Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:00 PM, CST.

Ship entries to:

Lake Superior Brewing
2711 W Superior St Duluth, MN 55806

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

Lake Superior Brewing
2711 W Superior St
Thursday, February 8, 2018 7:00 PM, CST

Holiday Inn Duluth
200 W 1st St Duluth, MN 55802
Friday, February 9, 2018 4:00 PM, CST

Holiday Inn Duluth
200 W 1st St Duluth, MN 55802
Friday, February 9, 2018 7:00 PM, CST

Holiday Inn Duluth
200 W 1st St Duluth, MN 55807
Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:00 AM, CST


Best of Show

Best of Show winner will have their beer brewed and served at Thirsty Pagan Brewery.  The winning brewer is invited and encouraged to participate in the brewing session.



The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.  It will take place following the banquet and speaker, which should be around 8 pm CST.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Scores will be posted following the awards ceremony.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.  Result envelopes will be mailed Monday February 12.


Awards Ceremony

Holiday Inn Duluth
200 W 1st St Duluth, MN 55802
Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00 PM, CST


Circuit Qualification

The Great Northern Brew Ha Ha is a qualifying event for the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year Competition