Please read all of the rules and details carefully, as they are important for running an efficient and quality competition. Ignore them at your own peril!
If you have any questions, big or small, please contact the BUZZ OFF Committe!
~ how ye shall be judged ~
The BUZZ OFF is open to all recognized beer, mead and cider categories.
The 2008 edition of the BJCP Style Guidelines will be used to judge entries.
It is the brewer's responsibility to determine the correct category/subcategory to enter their beers, and to provide additional information where required.
Depending on the number of entries and category distribution, categories and subcategories may be combined or separated for judging and awards purposes. These judging table breakdowns will not be available prior to the competition and will be determined by the competition committee once all the entries have been processed.
While the majority of judging tables will be evaluated on June 2, some judging may occur before this date due to the availability of qualified judges. This ensures the highest quality of feedback to entrants.
~ how ye shall be notified ~
Judges score sheets for each entry will be mailed to the entrants within one week of the BUZZ OFF. Winners will be posted on the BUZZ website within 48 hours of the completion of judging.
Ribbons and pizes will be awarded to the top three entries at each judging table as well as Best of Show. Prizes are not exchangeable.
The competition organizer and/or committee will resolve any disputes or issues that arise before, during or after the competition.
~ so shines a good deed in a weary world ~
A portion of our proceeds will be donated to Philabundance, for whom we raised over $450 last year. We are targeting $1 per entry, but this may increase or decrease based on the number of entries and our overall expenses for the competition.
~ exceptions ~
Any deviation from the rules established here MUST be confirmed by the competition organizer and/or committee prior to the entry due date or else entries may be disqualified. This includes any exceptions that may have been allowed in prior BUZZ OFFs.
~ bottle and entry details ~
Two (2) bottles are required.
Bottles may be any color (brown is strongly recommended for beer and any hopped meads), up to 16 oz. Grolsh-style (swing top) bottles will not be accepted. All bottles must be unmarked and unlabelled. Any identifying marks may render the entry ineligible!
Entries become the property of BUZZ and will not be returned.
Please note that due to the complexity of conducting a prejudging session prior the main judging on June 2, we will be unable to accept any entries on the day of the competiton. All entrants must drop off their entries at a designated dropoff site, or mail them to Artisan Homebrew. Thank you for your understanding!