Heart of Dixie Open (HODO) 2017 will take place at Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, February 18, 2017. All entries must be received at the brewery (either in person or by shipment) by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2017.
HOMEBREW CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS
- This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.
- All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.
- All entries must be handcrafted products, contain 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.).
- The competition organizers are not responsible for miscategorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.
- The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.
- The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.
- Only 2015 BJCP Beer Categories accepted. We will not be judging meads or ciders.
- Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.
- The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.
- Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
- Each entry consists of two bottles or cans.
- Entries must be referred to by 2015 BJCP Category NUMBER and Subcategory LETTER. Download the style guidelines for category designations and descriptions.
HOW AND WHAT TO ENTER
- Registration will begin Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Only online registration will be accepted.
- Entry Fees: $10.00 initial fee for first entry. $5.00 for each entry after that. Payment can be only be made through our online store by credit card. Please DO NOT include a check or cash in your package. Any entries not accompanied by an entry fee will not be judged.
- Entry requirements: Provide TWO BOTTLES for each entry. Bottles must be 10 to 12-ounce green or brown glass, clean and free of any labels (inked, paper, or otherwise). Entrants are encouraged to use brown, longneck bottles for extra protection from light and breakage.
- Please create your own labels. Use a rubber band to attach to each bottle a paper with your name, beer name, and BJCP category/subcategory. The use of tape or glue to attach forms is not acceptable.
- Recipe need not be submitted with entry. However, if your beer has a special ingredient (herb, spice, fruit, etc.), is a classic style of a herb, spice, or fruit beer, or was brewed using an experimental method, you must describe the style, special ingredient, experimental technique, etc. on the entry forms.
- Packing and Shipping Hints: (a) If shipping your entries, carefully place them in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Do not over pack! Write clearly: “Fragile. This Side Up.” on the package. Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles. Please refrain from using packing “peanuts” if possible. Use bubble wrap or newspaper instead. It is not against any Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms regulations or federal laws to ship your entries via a privately owned shipping company for analytical purposes. However, it is illegal to ship alcoholic beverages via the U.S. Postal Service. Private shipping companies may refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass or alcoholic beverages.
- All entries must be received by end of day on Friday, January 27, 2017.
JUDGING / STEWARDING
- Those interested in judging or stewarding, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- The main judging will be held on Saturday, February 4 beginning at 9:00am. Judging will be at Good People Brewing Co., located at 114 14th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35233.
- Decisions of the judges are final. Organizers reserve the right to combine categories if a sufficient number of entries are not received. Organizers also reserve the right to break up categories if too many entries of a particular subcategory are received.
- A limited number of beds are available to out-of-town judges/stewards, please contact the Sheraton early to set up a place to stay.
HOMEBREWER’S BREW FESTIVAL/PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD
Our Homebrew Brew Festival/People’s Choice Award competition is separate from the formal HODO 2017 contest. It is free to enter and takes place on the afternoon of Saturday, February 18, 2017. Any brewer that enters their beer into this portion of the afternoon will be eligible for the People’s Choice award.
We encourage all homebrewers entered into the contest to bring additional beers to sample to guests that Saturday afternoon. These beers can be entered into the formal HODO competition or they can be other homebrews that the particular brewer wants to highlight. Guests will then walk around to try all available beers and vote on their favorite at the end of the designated time. The beer with the most votes will be announced People’s Choice winner at the end of the day with the other HODO category winners.
We ask brewers to bring their beer in either bottles or kegs (whatever is easiest for them). We will provide a table, ice, and cups. Brewers will need to bring their beer, a draft set-up (we do not have any extra available at the brewery) if need be, a container to keep their beer cool, and enough people to pour your beer at the table.
This is not a bottle share, so please do not bring any purchased beer or non-competition homebrews to share.
AWARDS AND PRIZES
- Prizes will be given for first, second, and third-place winners in each category judged. Prizes will be given as available. Winners will be announced at the brewery on the afternoon of Saturday, February 18. A link to results will be posted as soon as they are available, no later than Monday, February 20. Digital images of the score sheets will be available via email, so please be sure to supply a correct email address. If you do not have access to email, your score sheets will be mailed to your postal address. Medals, score sheets (for those unable to receive email) and prizes will be sent no later than February 28.