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 its members through a local competition. So join in today, win, and have your beer entered at GABF!

Quick Date Guide

May 15th: Entries must be entered in our  Online Form

May 20th to June 1st: Entries to be dropped off at Barley Forge

June 2nd: Judging will take place at Barley Forge

June 4th: OC Mash Ups Club meeting. Winner will be announced!


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 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!


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 May 15th, 2018.  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. Please use your full name in the name field,  not the name of your beer.

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 May 20th and June 1st at 7PM. 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

Excluded styles include the following, with the exception of kettle sours:

  1. American Wild Ale

28A. Brett Beer

28B. Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer

28C. Wild Specialty Beer

Special Pro-Am Competition Notes

The intent of this contest is to create a beer that Barley Forge will enter into the GABF Pro-Am competition. Due to limited timeframe to brew, we ask that only recipes that can finish in one month time be selected. Also, because of the difficulty of mailing fresh examples, we ask that brewers do not select hop-forward styles such as IPAs and Pale Ales due to the likelihood of poor staling and stability properties. Winning entries will be scored based upon BJCP Guidelines, but ultimately a beer that will compete well at GABF will be selected.

Another important point. Given the limited timeline for Barley Forge’s GABF submission, your beer must be able to be brewed in 30 days or less. Please avoid very high gravity beers or beers that would require aging or long term conditioning.


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 June 2018 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 2018 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 vicepresident@ocmashups.org