The Bloatarian Open is a BJCP/AHA sanctioned Club-Only Competition. You must be a paid-in-full BBL member to enter a beer into the competition. Not yet a member? First Year Members can enter an unlimited number of entries in the competition FREE with your paid 2012 membership. Already a member? Register an unlimited number of entries for only $10.
This year’s competition will take place on Saturday, May 19th at the Norwood Community Center
Registration opens April 20th and you MUST finalize your entries online by Friday, May 11th at 5pm. Most members HAND CARRY their entries to the competition on Saturday morning, however, if you will be unable to attend the event, please drop off your entries any any of the THREE drop off locations — Paradise Brewing in Anderson TWP, Listermann’s in Evanston or TableTop in Cheviot — by Noon on Thursday, May 17th.
REGISTRATION IS ONLINE ONLY at http://bloatopen.brewcompetition.com - REGISTER NOW!
On-site check-in begins at 9AM. Judging begins at 10AM. We will take a short break for lunch and hope to finish the main judging by 3-4pm.
The competition is open to all BJCP categories. Meads and Ciders are not elegible for Best of Show.
WANT TO JUDGE OR STEWARD? Register as a Judge or Stewared on the site above! Simple as that.
You DO NOT need to be a Bloatarian member to judge/steward, and you DO NOT need to be a certified BJCP judge to judge. With a competition this large (100+ entries last year) we can never have enough volunteers, so sign up today!
Even if you’re not stewarding or judging, come by and socialize afterward and find out who won Best of Show. The awards ceremony will take place as soon as we have the scores tabulated. After the competition is over we will be grilling burgers and brats, and I think there might even be some beer left over to drink!
1. Arrive between 9AM—9:30AM to register your entries at Norwood Community Center (if you have not already made prior arrangements for your entries).
2. New members entering beers will need to pay 2012 dues on day of competition for a BBL membership.
3. All entries (bottled, kegged, pressurized plastic bottles, hollowed coconuts or otherwise) must be labeled when delivered. Print your labels after you have submitted your entry and BEFORE registration ends. Affix to your entry vessel.
If you can, please bring a side dish to share as we will be grilling for lunch and hanging out after the awards ceremony.
For those unfamiliar with a homebrew competition, the basic idea is to collect entries from a wide range of brewers. Once all entries have been collected, they are sorted into 15-20 style-based groups that we call “flights.” On the day of the competition, 2-3 judges will be assigned to each flight and sample each of the entries individually while completing a score sheet. Once all beers have been scored, the winner from each flight (typically the top scoring beer) progresses to a second round where the most experienced judges decide an overall competition winner or “Best of Show.”
It’s important to note that most competition entrants won’t actually be present on the day of the competition. Instead, competition day is mostly significant for the competition organizers, judges, and stewards.