Winterbrew is the BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition of Square Kegs. The current situation has these impacts on Winterbrew 2021:

  1. Allowed styles are limited to dark beers
  2. Only 100 total entries, each subcategory capped at 6 entries
  3. The awards ceremony will be online
  4. Judging will be done remotely

Essential information at a glance

  • Registration URL: Login to Reggie
  • Style restrictions: Dark beer styles + selected styles restricted to SRM > 20 (list below)
  • Number of entries: 100 total, each subcategory capped at 6 entries
  • Maximum number of entries per brewer: 2 in two different subcategories
  • Number of bottles per entry: Three 12 oz bottles or 12/16oz cans
  • Entry fee: $8 per entry, net income after expenses going to Gigi’s Playhouse
  • Shipping and drop-off deadline: Friday January 8 2021, 5pm
  • Drop-off locations: Empirical Brewery, Une Année, Lo-Rez (addresses below)
  • Mail-in location: Empirical Brewery (address below)
  • Judging dates: January 16 thru January 30, results announced Sunday January 31
  • Contacts: Jordan Von Kluck (competition organizer) or Brad Pausha (judging director)

List of allowed styles

Drop-off & mail-in locations

Please note hours of operation of the breweries when planning to drop off your entries.


  • December 11: Registration opens
  • December 11: Shipping and drop-off window opens
  • January 8: shipping and drop-off deadline
  • January 16 and 17: Entries and materials to judges
  • January 16 to January 30: Judging window
  • January 31: Best Of Show judging
  • January 31: Video Announcement of Medal Winners

COVID-19 Notice

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak there is a possibility that the competition may be canceled due to state and/or city restrictions.  If it is canceled your entry fees will be refunded but we will not be able to return your entries.

Detailed rules

This competition is AHA / BJCP sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older. Entries should be categorized according to the 2015 guidelines, as they will be judged according to the 2015 guidelines.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline. Please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the entry deadline at 5:00pm.

Three (3) 12 oz bottles or 12/16 oz cans will be required for each entry.

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 miscategorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

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. For example, participants may enter an Oatmeal Stout (16B) and Tropical Stout (16C), but may not enter two Fruit Beers (29), even if they are different brews.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine 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.

Best of Show will be awarded using a standard BJCP panel style of judging.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

The gold medal winners in each of the final categories will progress to a Best of Show round and be eligible for gold, silver and bronze best-of-show medals.

Fee is $8 per entry. The net income, after expenses, for Virtual Winterbrew 2021 will be contributed to Gigi’s Playhouse.

There will be a virtual awards ceremony on Jan 31st

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The gold medal winners in each of the final categories will progress to a Best of Show round and be eligible for gold, silver and bronze best-of-show medals.

Awards will be mailed out to the winners. Results will be posted to the competition website after the ceremony concludes and score sheets will be emailed out to participants shortly after judging concludes.

NOTE: There will be no Winterbrew Festival this year.