Prague Homebrewing Competition 2019

Prague Homebrewing Competition 2019

General Info

The annual Prague Homebrewing Competition will take place on Saturday October 12, 2019 in Prague at Vinohradský Pivovar..

The competition will be open to the following categories according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines:

1) Czech Premium Lager (category 3B)
2) American Pale Ale (category 18B)
3) Witbier (category 24A)
4) Berliner Weisse (category 23A)
5) All Bret IPA (category 28A)
6) Baltic Porter (category 9C)

You can find further information about the competition here:
Prague Homebrewing Competition Facebook page
PHC 2019 Facebook Event

Competition Rules

1) Competition Date & Location

The competition will take place on October 12th, 2019 in Prague, at Vinohradský pivovar, Korunní 2506/106, 101 00 Vinohrady, Czech Republic.

2) Organization

The competition is organized by a group of BJCP Judges in the Czech Republic and will be run strictly according to BJCP regulations.

3) Competition Categories

The competition will be open to the following categories:

  • Czech Premium Pale Lager (category 3B)
  • American Pale Ale (category 18B)
  • Witbier (category 24A)
  • Berliner Weisse (category 23A)
  • All Brett IPA (category 28A) - Base style: American IPA or Speciality IPA (categories 21A and 21B) must be specified. Fermentation must be 100% Brettanomyces, no other yeast or bacteria allowed.
  • Baltic Porter (category 9C)

Entries will be judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Czech translations of the style guidelines are for informational purposes only. Any discrepancies will be judged based on the English original version.

4) Registration and Delivery of Samples

Samples must be pre-registered online in advance of competition day (via the registration form).

Entries can be registered until midnight Friday, October 11th, 2019, or until 200 entries have been registered, then the registration form will be closed.

Entries that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted on the day of the competition.

Each competitor is responsible for the registration and assignment of competition entries to the appropriate category.

Samples can either be delivered in person on competition day or can be sent by post (balík do ruky) to:

Arnaud Effantin – CDO Prague
Plzeňská 54
252 19 Chrášťany
Czech Republic

5) Sample Sizes and Labeling

The required entry size is a minimum of 1.5 liters and 3 bottles (5 bottles for 0.33l). Possible bottle sizes and numbers which we will accept are as follows:

  • 5x 0.33 liter
  • 3x 0.5 liter
  • 3x 0.75 liter
  • 3x 1 liter

Bottles smaller than 0.5 liter will be accepted, but we do prefer 0.5 liter or larger due to the possibility of sediment in smaller bottles, which can have a negative effect on the score, or cause differences in scoring between individual judges.

No bottles bigger than 1 liter will be accepted.

Bottles should not be marked with any labels or other identifying marks. Bottles with engraved or embossed lettering should be avoided but are acceptable.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants and will be used at the discretion of the competition organizers.

6) Fees and Payment

Entry fee is 125 CZK (5 EUR) per sample. Cash payments on the day of the competition will be accepted in CZK only.

7) Number of Entries

Each homebrewer may enter up to 6 samples – maximum of 1 per category.

The total maximum amount of entries to be allowed in the competition is 200 (all categories combined). Raising of this limit may be agreed by the organizer.

8) Eligibility

This competition is open to anyone 18 years of age or older.

Competition staff and judges may enter the competition, given that they do not have access to entry information of other competitors. Extra measures are in place to ensure fair and anonymous judging (such as double entry numbering to hide original registered entry number).

Participation of professional brewers in the competition is allowed, as long as the entries were brewed on a home brewing system, and not in a professional/pilot brewery.

9) Timing

Estimated timeline for competition day (best estimated time):

10:30 – 12:30 : Collection of pre-registered samples
13:00 – 19:30 : Judging of samples, Best of Category, Best of Show
20:00 : Introduction of sponsors, announcement of winners & presentation of award

The judging area will be closed to all except judges, stewards and organizers. The announcement of results and awards ceremony will be open to the public.

Homebrew sharing and tasting can be done at Vinohradský pivovar. We will have some tables reserved for PHC guests for sharing and tasting, but we also ask you to support the brewery by trying out the great food and beers that they serve. No outside food should be brought into the brewery/restaurant.

10) Judging of samples

Tasting is blind and tasters are never informed about who provided the sample being evaluated.

All judges are recognized by either the BJCP or Cicerone or have significant experience/training (e.g. professional brewers, craft beer bar owners/servers).

Judges will be grouped at judging tables. Each table will have a head judge and 2-3 judges. From the preliminary round (of each table) one or more of the samples will proceed to the Best of Category finals. It is also possible that for a given round, no samples will proceed to the finals. The first place entry in each category will then be entered into the Best of Show (BOS) round. The BOS round jury will consist of the most experienced judges who will sample each entry and determine the overall competition winner through consensus.

11) Awards

Prizes will be awarded for 1st , 2nd and 3rd place in each category and 1 st for the Best of Show. Certificates may be awarded for Honourable Mentions. No joint placings will be awarded. Judges are not obliged to award all placings. No beer scoring less than 30 may receive a placing or Honorable Mention.

Judging score sheets and prizes (where applicable) will be sent out shortly after the competition. Competition organizers will do our best to send small prizes and certificates by postal mail for winners who are not present on competition day. Large, heavy or bulky prizes may not be sent by postal mail at the organizers’ discretion.

Rules are subject to change at the discretion of the competition organizers. Competition organizers reserve the right to disqualify any entries, without refund. Questions or disputes will be settled by competition coordinators; their decisions will be final.

Registration Form

You can access the competition's registration form by clicking here