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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 shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations soon after the drop-off deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing 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 mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged. Please note this is an IPA ONLY competition.  The categories listed are only for IPAs that may fit within that category.  

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.

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.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style 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.

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.


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

12C English IPA21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 Brut IPA 21C Hazy IPA22A Double IPA
27A Historical Beer 28A Brett Beer 28C Wild Specialty Beer
29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer
50A Session IPAs (Custom Style)53A Milkshake IPA (Custom Style) 54A IPL /Cold IPA (Custom Style)
57A Hop Water (Custom Style)   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Sessions

Judging Session 1 (morning)
Sunday, March 24, 2024 10:00 AM, PDT

Judging Session 2 (afternoon)
Sunday, March 24, 2024 1:00 PM, PDT



The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed on Sun Mar 24th, at 5pm. Awards will be streamed, via zoom for those who are remote.  (unless plans change, check here closer to the competition for details and link) 

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table. All three places might not be awarded on small flights of under 9 entries, depending on entry quality and the descretion of the table's judges. 

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. The BOS beers will be judged in accordance to the BJCP guidelines and overall beer quality. 

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Awards will be mailed to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the judging ends and will be available for viewing within 1-2 days.  Score sheets will be scanned and made available electronically as soon as possible following the conclusion of judging. 


Awards Ceremony

Level Brewing
Sunday, March 24, 2024 5:00 PM, PDT


Circuit Qualification

Heart of Cascadia is an Oregon State Homebrewer of the Year (OSHBOTY) qualifying event.