May 13, 2015

Homebrew Contest

Here’s your chance to put your brew up against the best of Blair!  Judged by local brewmasters and/or BJCP certified judges the Homebrew contest is the first of its kind in this region and will be a staple of Rails & Ales for years to come.

This is a great opportunity to get feedback on your home brews. Don’t miss your chance to be the 2017 Homebrew champion!


Twelve categories:

  1. Double India Pale Ale DIPA
  2. India Pale Ale IPA
  3. Pale Ale
  4. Stout
  5. Porter
  6. Brown
  7. Marzen/Oktoberfest
  8. Pilsner
  9. Wheat (a beer with at least 25% wheat)
  10. White Belgian Ale (WIT)
  11. Fruit Beer (Ciders, fruit flavoring, etc)
  12. Strong Belgian Ale (Dubbel, Trippel, Strong Dark, etc)

All beers/ciders are welcome, including All Grain, Brew-In-A-Bag and Kit beers.


There will be two types of judging.

Brewmaster: Your submissions will be judged and rated by a team of BJCP judges and BJCP affiliated local brewmasters. They will determine our winners per style guidelines and the top 3 in each will medal.  The top 7 scores overall will go on to the Best In Show competition.  Please mark on the entry form the specific style category/subcategory if you know it.

  • 1st Place: “Brewmaster Champion” Gold Medal.
  • 2nd Place: “Brewmaster Champion” Silver Medal
  • 3rd Place: “Brewmaster Champion” Bronze Medal

Best in Show: The top 7 scores go on to Best in Show. A second round of tasting will be done and scored to determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall.

  • 1st Place: “Best In Show” along with along with $50 at Bootleggers Brew Shop
  • 2nd Place: “Best In Show” along with along with $25 at Bootleggers Brew Shop
  • 3rd Place: “Best In Show” along with along with $15 at Bootleggers Brew Shop

*This is a registered BJCP event.


Flat fee of $8 per entry.


  1. Download and Print the entry form at Bootleggers Brew Shop or 917 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Rear Altoona (Tickets to the event can also be bought there).
  2. For each submission, you will be required to supply two (2) – 12oz bottles of your brew, delivered in unmarked glass bottles. No labels please.
  3. All beers must be registered and delivered to Bootleggers by August 19th.
  4. Your beer will then be refrigerated until the event.


Email or call 814-931-9962.

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