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2024 Honey Beer Competition

Rules

Summary

The National Honey Board is in search of the best beers made with honey for the 2023 Honey Beer Competition.

The Honey Beer Competition is a BJCP sanctioned competition hosted by the National Honey Board to recognize the best honey beers in the country.

How to Enter

The Honey Beer Competition is open to all active breweries operating within the United States that commercially produce honey beers in the following categories: general ale, general lager, Belgian-style ales, fruit, vegetable and spice beer, stouts and porters, IPAs, braggots,  wheat beers, sours, barrel aged, hard seltzers, ciders and other. Multiple entries per category will be accepted.

Registration for the competition is free! However, all registrations must be submitted by the entry deadline June 30, 2023. Each brewery may submit multiple entries per category into the competition as long as the styles are within our guidelines. The 2023 Honey Beer Competition will be limited to 300 entries. All applicants must complete the required entry form below to be considered registered for the competition.

Entries

  • All entries will receive BJCP judges notes.
  • All entries will be judged for the beer and for the packaging.
  • All winners will receive a physical medal and a digital seal for use on packaging and promotional materials.

Shipping

  • All entrants must submit at least three 12oz bottles.
  • Each entrant is responsible for shipping costs.

    Please note that your shipment must arrive before the final shipping date for the competition organizers to ensure they are judged. Late entries are subject to not being judged.

Shipping Address:

Honey Beer Competition
220 S. Buchanan St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Shipments Due:

July 21, 2023

Beer Categories

General Lagers

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.

IPAs

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

Braggots

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 Beer

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.

Sours

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.

Barrel-aged

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.

Cider

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.

Entrant Rules

  • Fill out the registration form on the following page by June 30, 2023 (The 2023 Honey Beer Competition will be limited to 300 entries)
  • Submit at least three 12oz bottles or cans to: [shipping address to be announced at a later date]
  • Breweries may submit multiple entries per category, but each beer may only be entered in one category.
  • Beers must be brewed with honey at some point in the brewing process
  • Brewery must be operational, which means that it must be actively brewing beer in a licensed/permitted location
  • Brewery must have a federal TTB (U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Basic Permit/Brewers Notice
  • Beers must be commercially available
  • Beers must be available in the United States
  • Entrants will be responsible for shipping costs
  • Shipments must include a note or label inside the box that includes the brewery’s name, name of beer and category which you wish to compete
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