Competition Corner – January 2010

Ahh, the cool days of January are here and it is time to get some beer fermenting. We have a fresh slate of competitions to enter in 2010, and now is the time to prepare.

First up on the docket is the Club-Only competition for English Brown Ales, BJCP Cat #11. We will judge these at the January club meeting on Thursday, January 21st. Bring three 12 oz. bottles to the meeting and make sure you let Carl know they are here. If possible, please also fill out an entry form, which you can download from If your entry is selected, we’ll ship off the two remaining bottles to the national judging site. If you lose, you can take back the two extra bottles. Or if you prefer, you can pop them open to console your losses.

Also coming up before the end of January is QUAFF’s “America’s Finest City” Homebrew competition.  Entries will be due at Culver City Home Brewing Supply Co. by January 29th.  Although this is a bit in advance of the official deadline, our entries will get the advantage of being hand-carried to San Diego.   Registration is available on-line at the QUAFF website at   Cost is $6.00 per entry, and only 2 bottles are needed.  Make out the check to Joe Buchan, the QUAFF treasurer.  If you miss the local deadline, you can ship them down to San Diego, as long as they arrive by February 10th.  Judging will be in San Diego on February 19th and 20th.  For you new BJCP class registrants, I’d recommend going down if you have the time, even if you just go as a steward.   This is one of the best-run local competitions and will be an excellent learning opportunity.   For all you entrants, this is a great opportunity to get some feedback before entering your beer in the AHA Nationals. Get those brewkettles going and don’t stop until the 2010 Brewer of the Year has been announced.  If you need still more competitions, you can find the whole list at

2010 Competition Schedule

January 21st     COC – English Brown Ales, BJCP Cat 11

January 29th     America’s Finest City

March 18th      COC – American Ales, BJCP Cat 10

April 15th         COC – Extract Beers, all BJCP styles

April                 AHA Nationals

April                 Mayfaire

May                 California State Fair

July                   Los Angeles County Fair

July                   COC – Meads,  BJCP Cat 24-26

August              COC – Sour Ales, BJCP Cat 17

September        Pacific Brewers Cup

October           Queen of Beer (open to ladies only)

October           COC – Strong Ales, BJCP Cat 19

December        COC – English Pale Ales, BJCP Cat 8