**UPDATE on 2/29/2016: entries will now be paid using Paypal Only! Payment must be confirmed before entries are dropped off or mailed. Please attach a copy of your Paypal receipt to your entry. Cash submissions will no longer be accepted.

**Please note that the Carolina Quarterly Brew Off is open only to NC residents**

PART I – How to Enter This Competition

1.      How do I enter?

(a)      Log on to the registration website and follow the on-screen entry instruction to complete the electronic entry form. The software is very straightforward. Should you have any problems please contact the competition organizer on the “Contact” section of the registration site.

(b)      Entrants who complete the electronic entry form will have the opportunity to print bottle ID labels from the online registration system. Paper (offline) entrants should download and print Bottle Entry Forms here.

(c)     Once the bottle ID label is printed, rubber band the bottle ID label around bottles. Your entry will be disqualified if you use glue or tape to secure the forms to the bottles. It might also be a good idea to protect the paper label via laminate, tape, Ziploc bog, etc. due to moisture.

(d)      Please note, you DO NOT need to fill out the entry recipe form or attach it to your bottles for proper registration or submission of your entries. My software will not let me remove the prompt that recommends you fill it out. Save a tree!

(e)     If shipping your bottles, pack them carefully. (See Part III, Section G for packaging and shipping hints)

(f)      Ship or drop off your entries to the appropriate address provided on the drop-off location section of the registration website.  Entries sent to the wrong site will be DISQUALIFIED.


2.      What kind of bottles are required?

Every bottle must be 12 ounces in volume, brown or green glass, capped with a crown cap, and free of ink, paint or paper labeling other than competition entry labels. Obliterate any lettering or graphics on the cap with a permanent black marker. Bottles with Grolsch-type swing tops are not allowed. Bottles not meeting these requirements will be disqualified.

3.      How many bottles do I need?

Send two (2) bottles for your entry.

5.      What is the entry fee?

The entry fee is $7. You MUST pay via Paypal on the registration website. Please attach your Paypal receipt to your entry.. Failure to pay will result in disqualification..

6.      When is the entry deadline?

Please visit the “Quarter Dates & Styles” section of the website for quarterly deadlines.

7.      Are there entry limitations?

(a)      YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE ENTRY PER SUBCATEGORY. Example: Let’s say you enter category 9 (Strong European Beer). You could enter a Doppelbock (9A) and a Baltic Porter (9C) but you could not enter two Baltic Porters. This also applies to the Wild Card entry.

(b)      Homebrew means home. Your homebrew must not be brewed at a place that brews beverages for commercial purposes, whether for commercial research, production or any other purpose, including brewpubs and other brew-on-premise establishments,  or anywhere else where beer is brewed for commercial sale. This includes educational facilities as well.

(c)      You must give the name of any and all individuals who helped in the development of the recipe or brewing process under “Co-brewer” on your entry form. BEING LISTED AS A “CO-BREWER” DOES NOT EXCLUDE SOMEONE FROM SENDING IN THEIR OWN ENTRY, EXCEPT AS LIMITED IN 7(a).

(d)     Should your homebrew be selected as the Carolina Quarterly Brew Off Winner, you and your Co-Brewer must assign any and all patent and intellectual property rights in your brew to Raleigh Brewing Company if requested.

PART II – Special Instructions for Completing the Entry Form

Important information for “Special Ingredients/Classic Style” section:

If you enter any specialty categories, please provide the style and/or unique ingredients or process in accordance with the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines category descriptions for the Special Ingredients/Classic Style section. A downloadable version of the complete style descriptions is available at http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php. LEAVE THE SECTION BLANK IF YOU HAVE NOT ENTERED THE ABOVE CATEGORIES. The information in this section is necessary for accurate judging of entries in these categories. Failure to include the required information in the “Special Ingredients/Classic Style” for categories listed above will result in disqualification.


PART III – The Fine Print

 A.    General

This competition is open to non-professional homebrewers (See Part I, Section 7(b) for definition of homebrew) who are residents of North Carolina.

Each contestant will be considered an individual entrant even if several names appear on the registration form. Employees of Raleigh Brewing Company, Atlantic Brew Supply, ABS Commercial, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agencies, consultants, or vendors and their immediate family members may not enter.

It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to complete all registration forms including information on the special ingredients/processes.

Atlantic Brew Supply & Raleigh Brewing Company reserve the right to change these rules in order to, in its sole discretion, secure the proper administration of the Contest.

B.    Quarterly Judging

  1. 2 BJCP or other qualified/professional judges will judge beers in each style submitted and complete score sheets for each beer. In the event of a category having over 16 entries, a mini-Best of Show round will be employed.
  2. A mini-Best of Show round results in the flight being split evenly between two pairs of judges. The two pairs produce the 3 highest-scored beers in their flight against the other pair’s top 3 beers. The 6 beers are then judged empirically by the two highest-ranked judges at the table. The judges decide which beers will be the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place winners.
  3. No style is guaranteed to have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place awarded – in the event that the judges deem no beer worthy of 1st place (or any other award), a category can go without a winner.
  4. All 1st Place winners from each flight category advance to the Best of Show round. The highest-ranked judges in the competition will then decide which beer will be the 1st Place Best of Show.
  5. All decisions by the judges and Atlantic Brew Supply are final. The quarterly Best of Show winners will be notified via phone & email.

C.    Taster’s Choice Public Judging

  1. At the end of year, all 4 1st Place Best of Show winners will be invited back to the brewery to re-brew their winning beer (ingredients paid for by Atlantic Brew Supply).
  2. Brewers are then invited back again to take part in the final “Taster’s Choice” competition.
  3. The public is invited to taste all of the brewers’ beer equally. They will cast votes via ballot given to each attendee upon entering the event. After 3 hours the winner is identified as the brewer with the most votes.
  4. All public tasters will be encouraged to taste every brewer’s beer and cast their vote based on which beer they feel is the best.
  5. All decisions by the public tasters and Atlantic Brew Supply are final. The Carolina Quarterly Brew Off winner will be notified during the event.

D.    Awards and Prizes

**DISCLAIMER** –  Raleigh Brewing Company will take the winning recipe and reproduce, as faithful as possible to the original recipe, on a professional scale with the help of the homebrewer. If the product is brought to market and made available to American beer drinkers, the homebrewer will receive a one time royalty of $500.00. If you are the Carolina Quarterly Brew Off winner, you agree to disclose your complete recipe to Raleigh Brewing Company and grant to Raleigh Brewing Company an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to all commercial and intellectual property rights to your winning beer, subject only to your right to receive the $500.00 one-time royalty. Entering the Contest, constitutes permission to Raleigh Brewing Company and its agencies to use your recipe, the name of your recipe, your name, likeness, picture, signature, voice, audio and video recordings and biographical information in any manner or media whatsoever (whether now known or hereafter devised) anywhere in the world in perpetuity for the purpose of manufacturing, promoting, advertising and trade, of any product by Raleigh Brewing Company without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Raleigh Brewing Company may withhold payment if it determines that the winner has behaved in a manner that is substantial and damaging to the Contest or to homebrewing.

E.     Information Requirement

Name of primary brewer, address, phone number, email address, names of co-brewers, classic style and special ingredients/processes, must accompany entries when submitted. No entries will be returned whether received late or otherwise. All entries become property of Atlantic Brew Supply upon submission. A recipe is not required for the first round, however if you entry advances to the final round, you must submit a recipe.

F.     Disqualifications

At the discretion of Atlantic Brew Supply, entries will be disqualified for eligibility or entry requirement infractions.

G.    Packing and Shipping Hints

Carefully pack your entry 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! Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have been broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles. Please refrain from using packing “peanuts” if possible. Use bottle wrap or newspaper instead.

It is not against any 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 carrier’s rules and regulations concerning the shipment of beer or alcoholic beverages vary.  We strongly encourage you to check with your shipping carrier prior to shipping your entry. It is solely the entrant’s responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.


1.      “Why do the bottles have to be 12 ounces?

Organizing hundreds of bottles of beer is no easy task. If the bottles are of a wide range of sizes, it makes a tough job even harder. Bottles outside the 12-ounce range will be disqualified.

2.      “Why do the bottles have to be plain and unmarked?

So that there is no possibility of undue influence upon the judging panels. Marked or labeled bottles will be disqualified.

3.      “Can we photocopy the entry form for friends?


4.      “What category/subcategory should I enter my beer under?

That is a question we cannot answer, primarily because we have not tasted your beer. Categorization is the sole duty of the entrant. Please refer to the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

5.      “If I am listed as a co-brewer on someone else’s entry, can I still send in my own?

Yes. Being listed as a co-brewer on someone else’s entry DOES NOT count as your own personal entry.

6.      “Can I deliver my beer in person to drop-off sites?

Yes. See the competition registration website.

7.      “If I send my entry in a reusable carton will it be returned to me?


8.      “Where can I find the 2015 Beer Judges Certification Program Style Guidelines?”

A downloadable version of the complete style descriptions is available at http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php

9.      “Will scores sheets be returned?”

Yes. You are encouraged to pick up your score sheets in person at the judging site during business hours. For those unable to retrieve their score sheets, we will email or mail them.

10.  “How will I know who the winners are?”

Winners will be posted on this site when they are available.

If after reading the above, as well as the entire rules and regulations packet, you still have questions about the competition or the website, please email: info@atlanticbrewsupply.com


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John Foti
    Jun 06, 2016 @ 14:28:46

    does a beer disqualify if brewed at a big brew event?


    • astieneke
      Aug 03, 2016 @ 20:49:07

      Big Brew-brewed beers are perfectly acceptable! Brew with your friends, then submit to the contest – sounds good to me!


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