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Competition Officials
Registration Window
Entry Window
Entry Fees
Judging Dates
Categories Accepted
Bottle Acceptance Rules
Shipping Location and Address
Drop Off Location
Awards Ceremony

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via the Contact section.

  • Quaff Admin — Competition Coordinator
  • Doug Brown — Judge Coordinator
  • Joaquin Quiroz Jr. — Competition Coordinator
  • Gaaron Varner — Cellar Master / Head Steward

Registration Window

You will be able to register your personal information beginning Monday, January 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM, PST through Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:30 PM, PST.

Entry Window

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Monday, January 2, 2017 at 12:30 PM, PST through Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM, PST. Entries will be accepted at our shipping and drop-off locations during this window as well.

Entry Fees

$7.00 (USD) per entry.


After registering your personal information 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

Judging Locations and Dates

Round 1: Alesmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126 Map Round 1: Alesmith Brewing CompanyMap Round 1: Alesmith Brewing Company
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 6:00 PM, PST

Round 2: Alesmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126 Map Round 2: Alesmith Brewing CompanyMap Round 2: Alesmith Brewing Company
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM, PST

Round 3: Alesmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126 Map Round 3: Alesmith Brewing CompanyMap Round 3: Alesmith Brewing Company
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM, PST

Categories Accepted: BJCP 2015

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 Premimum 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 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 Beer28A 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 

Bottle Acceptance Rules


An entry is a set of TWO bottles from a single batch of beer, cider or mead. (1st round plus best of show). All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

In order to provide anonymity of brewer's bottles during the judging, its important they do not contain distinguishing characteristics, therefore we REQUIRE that all entries meet the following guidelines:

Bottle Acceptance Rules

  • Each entry consists of two (2) brown or green glass, 10 to 14 ounce bottles of homebrew (this means no bombers!).
  • Each bottle has no label (adhesive or painted) or other distinguishing marks.
  • Bottles with raised glass lettering are discouraged but permitted.
  • Each bottle is capped with an unmarked silver or gold cap.
  • Use a permanent black marker to obliterate any and all words or pictures on the caps.
  • No flip top or screw cap bottles.
  • Corked bottles meeting the above standards are permitted provided they are capped over or have a cage retaining the cork.
  • Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable and will result in disqualification of the entry.
  • Non-compliant bottles will be disqualified.
  • Any non-compliant bottles received may be judged (at the discretion of the competition organizers) but are not eligible for mini-best of show or awards.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Shipping Location and Address

Alesmith Brewing Company / America's Finest City Homebrew Competition
9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126

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 refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

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 the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Drop Off Location

Alesmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126 Map Alesmith Brewing CompanyMap Alesmith Brewing Company


The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

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.

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.

Award Ceremony

Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Main Brewery & Tasting Room
5985 Santa Fe Street San Diego, CA 92109 Map Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Main Brewery & Tasting RoomMap Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Main Brewery & Tasting Room
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM, PST