OC Mashups & Stereo Competition

Orange County Mash Ups is proud to announce our Summer competition – a collaboration competition with Stereo Brewing!  The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to brew on Stereo Brewing’s 15-barrel system alongside Rick Smets, owner and head brewer!

Quick Date Guide

Fill out the Sign Up Form by June 30th

Register your beer by August 12th with the Online Entry Form provided via e-mail

Bring your entries to Stereo Brewing or Barley Forge between August 12th and 25th

Attend the September Club Meeting for results


AHA website

BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines

Online Sign Up Form

Competition Labels


All beer entered must be developed by homebrewers, on a homebrew system. No individuals belonging to a professional brewing agency many enter.  Previous winning beer entries from any Orange County Mash Ups Competition within the last 12 months, or minor variations of, are not allowed.  Previous winning entrants may enter the competition using a different brew recipe.  In the event that a beer is judged by the competition organizers, staff, or Beer Judges as too similar to a previous entry, recipes will be compared to confirm eligibility.  In the event that recipes are not available, the beer will be disqualified.   Entries must be entered under the name of the person(s) entering it.  Do not use a business or fictitious name.

Entrants must be a paid Grist member as well as an AHA member at the time of entry.  AHA memberships are available on the AHA website. If you are not a Grist member, please sign up today!


Homebrewer’s should be thoughtful of the commercial scale brewing process and understand that production timelines and ingredient availability may impact Stereo’s selection.  Any beer produced must be able to be made on a commercial scale, for profit.  Please consider the following guidelines when choosing your entry:

Stereo Brewing uses White Labs 001 California Ale Yeast (WLP001) as their house yeast.  When considering a yeast strain, entries should be brewed with WLP001 or similar, as the final product produced by Stereo will be brewed with this yeast.

The production timetable for this beer is seven weeks maximum.  From brew-day to kegging, the winning beer must be able to be served within seven weeks maximum, preferably much quicker.

Stereo is a clean facility, no wild beers (including kettle sours) will be considered, no bacterial fermentations are acceptable either. Also, please avoid additions of wood and pickles (Rick hates them).

Lastly, Stereo names its beers with musical puns.  Beers with names matching the Stereo Brand will please the judges.  Stereo enjoys Classic, Alt, metal, punk, or country rock (not punk – but punk rock, etc).  Some example beer names include “Hazy Jane” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses”


Paid Grist Members are eligible to submit one free entry.  Additional entry, up to two (2) (for a total of three (3)), cost $5.00 each.

Entrants must fill out the Online Entry Form no later than Friday, June 30th.  If an entrant enters additional beer without payment, all entries after those paid for will be disqualified.  In addition, if an entrant enters more beer than eligible, additional entries will be disqualified. If at tasting, due to labeling, it is unclear which entry is paid for, all entries considered to be possibly in error will be disqualified.

Submit three (3) 10-ounce to 14-ounce bottles per entry.  Bottles must be free of ink, paint, and labeling other than competition entry labels.  Bottles may not include any identifying marks.  Bottles with raised lettering or logos are acceptable.  Caps with non-identifying logos (for example a hop pellet, American flag, or the Barley Forge logo) are also acceptable.  If any member of the judging panel considers a mark identifying, the entry will be disqualified.  Operator(s) and Judge(s) have final discretion on the determination of identifying marks.  Attach a Competition Label to each bottle with one (1) to two (2) rubber bands.  Do not tape or glue.  Certain entry styles require additional entry information to be properly evaluated.  Refer to the BJCP 2015 Style guidelines for identification.  Do not provide additional details unless prompted to by the BJCP guidelines.

If you have special instructions for the judges (for instance, to roll a bottle before opening) this may be included on the competition label.

All entries must be dropped off at Stereo Brewing or Barley Forge between August 19th and 7 PM August 25th .  Facilities will be unable to receive entries before or after the submission period and entries will be turned away.  Entrants are responsible for the presentation of their bottles and delivery. Barley Forge accepts no liability.


Entries will be judged to the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines

Excluded styles include the following:

  1. American Wild Ale

               28A. Brett Beer

               28B. Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer

               28C. Wild Specialty Beer

In addition, entries shall be free of wood and pickles.


Judges will be BJCP qualified and entries will be judged against the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines. Judges have the power to disqualify an entry at any time.  Judges will have final say over the winning beer (by score) and best in show (by selection).  Results are non-contestable.


Results will be announced at the September 2017 OC Mash Ups meeting.  Judging forms will be distributed at that time.  The “Best in Show” winner will be eligible to, at Stereo’s discretion, work with Stereo Brewing to brew a beer on Stereo’s facility, for sale at Stereo Brewing.  If the “Best in Show” winner is unavailable or unable to do so, a backup will be selected.  Stereo has final discretion on selection of recipe and formulation.

For additional information & questions, please contact events@ocmashups.org