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QUAFF Club Only Competitions (COCs) are AHA sanctioned and participation is FREE for all QUAFF members (who, by definition, are homebrewers age 21 or older.)  Non-QUAFFers can still join in the fun - just include a money order for $39.97 per entry payable to QUAFF when you drop off your entries - or you can join QUAFF here.


All entries must be dropped off at the drop location prior to the 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, entries that were dropped off at the wrong location or not received by the entry deadline, or entries that were damaged during transportation to Ben's office.

COCs serve three primary functions: 1) Provide qualified judging and feedback of your entries to help you grow as a homebrewer; 2) Provide a platform for members interested in judging to hone their skills; and 3) Recognize the best homebrewers in QUAFF through the Homebrewer of the Year and Rising Star programs.

Judges will evaluate and score each entry according to the BJCP 2021 Guidelines based on the category, subcategory and specialty information provided when you registered your entry.  The best entry/s in each flight will move to the Best of Show (BOS) round where overall winners will be selected and ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Each entrant may register (as brewer and/or co-brewer) a maximum of three (3) entries for each COC.  Brewers may submit multiple entries in a single subcategory so long as each entry is unique (i.e. you may NOT submit more than one entry in a subcategory unless they are different enough to be reasonably recognized or judged as different entries).

Results will be announced during the QUAFF General Meeting following the conclusion of BOS judging.  Points earned in the COCs count toward QUAFF Homebrewer of the Year and QUAFF Rising Star.  Entrants are encouraged to submit scoresheets from QUAFF COC's to the Master Homebrewer Program (MHP) - for which QUAFF has a club level membership.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.


REMINDER: As a QUAFF member, the fee of $39.97 per entry is waived; non-QUAFF members are welcome to drop off payment with your entries - or join QUAFF for just $31.00 per year and enter the COCs for free.


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.

23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29C Specialty Fruit Beer 29D Grape Ale
30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer 30C Winter Seasonal Beer
30D Specialty Spice Beer LSX3 Italian Grape Ale LSX4 Catharina Sour
C1A New World Cider C1B English Cider C1C French Cider
C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry C2A New England Cider
C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2C Applewine C2D Ice Cider
C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2F Specialty Cider/Perry M2A Cyser
M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead M2D Stone Fruit Mead
M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Sessions

Main Judging
Saturday, May 18, 2024 8:00 AM, PDT through Saturday, May 25, 2024 5:00 PM, PDT
Judges will receive assignments from Ben

Sunday, May 26, 2024 8:00 AM, PDT



Results will be announced at the next scheduled QUAFF General Meeting following the completion of BOS judging.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd best overall (Best of Show) entries will be recognized from each COC.

There are no medals, ribbons, or certificates awarded for the COCs.  The points you earn count toward QUAFF Homebrewer of the Year and QUAFF Rising Star according to the rules of those programs.

Score sheets will be released digitally following the General Meeting and announcement of results. Results will also be posted to the competition web site and to the QUAFF websites.


Awards Ceremony

The Gärten
5322 Banks Street, San Diego, CA 92110
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 7:00 PM, PDT