OC Mashups & Barley Forge Homebrew Competition

OC Mashups is proud to be the sole source for Barley Forge’s entry into the Great American Beer Festival’s Professional/Amateur Competition.  OC Mashups has decided to choose the best beer amongst it’s members through a local competition.  So join in today, win, and have your beer entered at GABF!

Quick Date Guide

Fill out the Online Form by July 25th
Send in your entries to Barley Forge between July 25th & July 29th
Attend the August Club Meeting for results


AHA website
BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines
Online Entry 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 are not allowed.  Previous winning entrants may enter the competition using a different brew recipe.  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.  Grist memberships are openly available through one of the club officers, AHA memberships are available on the AHA website.


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 July 25th, 2016.  Each online form submission will count as a single entry.  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 two (2) 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 Barley Forge between July 25th and 7PM, July 29th .  Barley Forge 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

Eligible styles include:

10. German Wheat Beer
10A. Weissbier
10B. Dunkles Weissbier
10C. Weizenbock

11. British Bitter
11A. Ordinary Bitter
11B. Best Bitter
11C. Strong Bitter

12. Pale Commonwealth Beer
12A. British Golden Ale
12B. Australian Sparkling Ale
12C. English IPA

13. Brown British Beer
13A. Dark Mild
13B. British Brown Ale
13C. English Porter

14. Scottish Ale
14A. Scottish Light
14B. Scottish Heavy
14C. Scottish Export

15. Irish Beer
15A. Irish Red Ale
15B. Irish Stout
15C. Irish Extra Stout

18. Pale American Ale
18A. Blonde Ale
18B. American Pale Ale

19. Amber and Brown American Beer
19A. American Amber Ale
19B. California Common
19C. American Brown Ale

20. American Porter and Stout
20A. American Porter
20B. American Stout
20C. Imperial Stout

21. IPA
21A. American IPA
21B. Specialty IPA

22. Strong American Ale
22A. Double IPA

23. European Sour Ale
23A. Berliner Weisse
23B. Flanders Red Ale
23C. Oud Bruin
23D. Lambic
23E. Gueuze
23F. Fruit Lambic

24. Belgian Ale
24A. Witbier
24B. Belgian Pale Ale
24C. Biere de Garde

25. Strong Belgian Ale
25A. Belgian Blond Ale
25B. Saison
25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale

26. Trappist Ale
26A. Trappist Single
26B. Belgian Dubbel
26C. Belgian Tripel
26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale

28. American Wild Ale
28A. Brett Beer
28B. Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer
28C. Wild Specialty Beer

29. Fruit Beer
29A. Fruit Beer
29B. Fruit and Spice Beer
29C. Specialty Fruit Beer

30. Spiced Beer
30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B. Autumn Seasonal Beer


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.


Results will be announced at the August 2016 homebrew meeting.  Judging forms will be distributed at that time.  The “Best in Show” winner will be eligible to, at Barley Forge’s discretion, work with Barley Forge in the 2016 Pro/Am Competition.  If the “Best in Show” winner is unavailable or unable to do so, a backup will be selected.  Barley Forge has final discretion on selection of recipe and formulation.

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