Account Registration

You can create your account today through Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5:59 AM, EDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5:59 AM, EDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5:59 AM, EDT.

Entry Fees

$7.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Categories Accepted

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 Premimum 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 Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental BeerC1A New World Cider
C1B English CiderC1C French CiderC1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional PerryC2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C ApplewineC2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet MeadM2A CyserM2B Pyment
M2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit MeadM2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadM4A Braggot
M4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead 

Entry Limit

There is a limit of four hundred and fifty (450) entries for this competition.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to ten (10) entries for this competition.

Each entrant is limited to one (1) entry per sub-category .

Payment

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

Bottle Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist of TWO 12 ounce capped bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.  Standard gold or silver caps only please.  Any other color must be blacked out completed.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

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

Drop Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Friday, April 1, 2016 through Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Alternative Beverage - Belmont
1500 River Dr Belmont, NC 28012
704-527-2337

Alternative Beverage - Mooresville
168-S Norman Station Blvd Mooresville, NC 28117
704-527-2337

American Brewmasters
3021-5 Stonybrook Drive Raleigh, NC 2760
919-850-0095

Bet-Mar Liquid Hobby Shop
736-F Saint Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210
1-803-798-2033

Big Dan’s Brew Shed
602 Hickory Ridge Dr. Suite 104 Greensboro, NC 27409
336-812-3756

Bull City Homebrew - Durham Area
1906 E. Hwy 54 Durham, NC 27713
919-682-0300

Hops And Vine - Asheville Area
797 Haywood Rd. Ste 100 West Asheville, NC 28806
828-252-5275

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road Charlotte, NC 28217
704-525-5645

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Friday, April 1, 2016 through Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Ship entries to:

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery/US Open
4150 Yancey Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs’ officials at their discretion. It is solely the entrant’s responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations/Dates

OMB - Wednesday Night
4150 Yancey Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM, EDT

OMB - Thursday Night
4150 Yancey Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 5:00 PM, EDT

OMB - Saturday Morning
4150 Yancey Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM, EDT

OMB - Saturday Afternoon
4150 Yancey Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM, EDT

Awards

The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

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.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site as soon are they are available.

Award Ceremony

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM, EDT