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BJCP 2015 Judging Categories

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 Premium 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 Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer
32B Specialty Smoked Beer33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer

Judging Locations and Dates

Empirical Brewing (AM 1)
1801 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:45 AM, CST

Empirical Brewing (AM 2)
1801 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM, CST

Empirical Brewing (PM)
1801 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM, CST

Empirical Brewing (BOS)
1801 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 3:30 PM, CST

Best of Show

BOS will be awarded using a standard BJCP panel style of juding.

Empirical Brewing will select three(not including sour or Brett-based) beers that make it to the BOS round for a chance to brew a collaboration with them for GABF 2018.

Empirical will brew the 3 beers on their pilot system and run a people's choice competition at the brewery to determine which beer they would like to brew for GABF. Sours and brett beers are not eligible due to brewery constraints. Also beers with hard to source/expensive ingredients, if chosen may have their recipe modified.


The awards ceremony will take place at the Winterbrew 2018 festival at the Dank Haus during the afternoon session.

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.

Awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards not picked up at the Winterbrew festival will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes and scoresheets will be emailed out to participants shortly after judging concludes.

NOTE: Entering the homebrew competition does not guarantee entry into the WINTERBREW BEER FESTIVAL.

Awards Ceremony

Dank Haus
4740 N. Western, Chicago IL 60625
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM, CST