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2024 Honey Beer Competition


Bracket or Braggot

Smoke beers, pilsners, amber lager, helles, Oktoberfest beers, Vienna lagers, Maerzen, Dunkel, Bocks, Dopplebocks and other general lagers.

General Ales

Golden / blonde ales, kolsch, pale ales, red ales, scotch ales, cream ales and other general ales.

Amber/Brown Ales

American amber ale, American brown ale and California common.

Belgian-Style Ales

Belgian-style blond or pale ale, Belgian-style witbiers, saisons, Biere de Garde, Belgian-style dubbels, Belgian-style tripels, Belgian-style quadrupels and other Belgian-style ales.

Fruit, Vegetable and Spice Beers

American-style fruit beers, fruit wheat beers, Belgian-style fruit beers, pumpkin beers, herb and spice beers and other fruit and vegetable beers.


American-style IPAs, Double IPAs, specialty IPAs and other IPAs.


A blend of mead and beer with a sweet flavor profile, or a beer where 25% of the fermentables come from honey.

Stouts and Porters

Brown porter, robust porter, American-style stouts, oatmeal stouts, imperial stouts, cream stouts and other porters and stouts.

Wheat Beers

American-style wheat beer, German-style wheat ale and other wheat beers.

Historical Beer

Beers in this category include established historical beers made with honey, and/or brewing traditions from any era or part of the world that don’t fit within another beer style defined within these guidelines. Examples include Kotbusser, Kvass, Gruit, Sahti or others.


American-style sour ales, brett beers, fruited American-style sour ales, Mixed culture brett beers, gose, Belgian-style lambic our sour ales and other sour beers.

Other Beers

Chocolate beers, coffee beers, strong beers, experimental beers, barley wines and other unclassified beers.


Any lager, ale or hybrid beer that has been aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood.

Hard Seltzer

Hard seltzer, spiked seltzer or hard sparkling water made with honey.


No subcategories available.

Design / Packaging

All beers will be entered into this category and judged on the use of honey and honey bee imagery in the name, graphics and description of the beer.

*Categories may be combined if there are not enough entries to judge in that category. In the event of combined categories, judges will be advised of the original category and instructed to judge the entry according to the original category.

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