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CT Beer Trail & Cambridge House Brew Pub Home Brew Competition RULES

Competition Rules and Entry Information (Event Details | Entry form and bottle labels)

  • Anyone may enter. All entries must be brewed at home, not in a commercial operation.
  • If you are entering a beer for the first time ever in a competition, please make a note on the   entry form to inform us. Your beers will also be judged in a special novice “Best of Show” panel.
  • Entry fee is $6.00 per entry. Cash fee accepted, or checks made out to Cambridge House Brew Pub Granby.
  • Brewers are encouraged to enter more than one beer. There is no limit on the number of entries.
  • A competition entry form must accompany each entry.


Brewers must submit three bottles for each entry. Two may be entered, but the brewer must accept that he may not have an entry for “Best of Show”  if a second bottle is needed for regular judging, (if he advances to that level or another bottle is needed for the Novice round). Bottles should be 10-16 oz with all labels removed. Caps must be plain or blacked out. Any exceptions should be brought to the   attention of the competition coordinators BEFORE they are entered. Neither swing-top nor corked bottles will be accepted.


The deadline for entries is Saturday, November 5, 2011.  The deadline has been extended to Nov 11th due to the wide spread power outages. Beers received after this will not be judged nor returned to the brewer.  Please call or email for details. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS!


  • Bottle label forms must be attached to each bottle with a rubber band. NO TAPE please.
  • Recipes are not necessary, but the competition organizers reserve the right to request a recipe after the competition.
  • A competition entry form must accompany each entry. Multiple entries may be listed on one sheet.
  • Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope to ensure rapid return of judging results.
  • Awards not given to the recipients on the day of competition will be mailed.
  • Categories will be collapsed or expanded as necessary with determinations decided by the competition organizers. See above.
  • We will be using BJCP style guidelines.
  • Specific style guidelines are available on the internet at the AHA site at beertown.org or bjcp.org
  • Entries may be sent or dropped off at multiple locations. See following for addresses.


Judges and Stewards: Judges and Stewards are needed for the competition. Competitions can only function well with participation of BJCP judges. To ensure a successful event, we will depend on your support.


Judges and Stewards must report to the judging site no later than 9:00 am. JUDGING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9:30 AM. BEST OF SHOW / BREWER’S CHOICE TO FOLLOW.




An awards ceremony will follow the judging. (approx 3:00 pm).


We appreciate and thank the professional brewers who can attend to act as judges.  Most if not all were once homebrewers who took the chance and went pro.


Morning coffee, bagels and doughnuts will be provided for the judges and stewards. There will also be a special mid-day lunch prepared by the staff of the Cambridge House Brew Pub.  


Drop-off points: 


Zok’s Homebrewing & Winemaking Supplies

18 North Street 

Willimantic, Conn. 06226 

860 456-7704


Brew and Wine Hobby 

108 Pitkin St., East Hartford, Conn. 06108 

860 528-0592


Maltose Express

246 Main St (Rte 25)

Monroe, Conn.

(203) 452-7332

Beer & Wine Makers Wharehouse

290 Murphe Rd 

Hartford Conn. 


Cambridge House Brew Pub

357 Brook Street

Granby, Conn.

860 653 2739



* Note: when beers are dropped off, please place the entry form with attached check/cash in an envelope along with the beer.

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