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Registration & Rules

Charlotte Craft Beer Week's Home Brew Competition is open to all North & South Carolina Home Brewers.

All judges are local beer industry professionals.


Entries: $6 - all profits from the entry fees will be donated to a charity chosen by The Carolina BrewMasters. Charity will be posted soon.

Due Dates & Registration Information

  • Registration Open: August 7th at 12:00 PM

  • Registration Closed: October 6th or when entries are full.

  • Total Entry Limit: 200

  • Entry Receiving Window: September 25th - October 7th

  • Drop Off and Shipping Location:

    • Alternative Beverage - Belmont, NC

    • 1500 River Dr #104, Belmont, NC 28012

    • Hours of Operation: 10:00 AM-5:30 PM, Monday-Saturday

    • Shipping Instructions: Add - Attn: CBM

  • Two 12oz bottles or cans per entry.


Updated Combined Categories for Judging.

Due to low entry amount, we have combined categories for judging:

1. Belgian & Wheat

2. IPAs

3. Lagers

4. Pale &  Blonde Ales

5. Smoked Beer

6. Sours

7. Spiced

8. Stout

9. UK



  • This competition is open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

  • All mailed entries must be **received** at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

  • We will not be issuing refunds for entries that are paid for but not received.

  • All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

  • The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

  • The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

  • Brewers may enter each subcategory only once.

  • The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

  • Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

  • Entry Acceptance Rules:

  • Each entry will consist of capped or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

  • 12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, 12 oz green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top 12 oz bottles will likewise be accepted as well as 12 oz corked bottles. 12oz and 16oz cans will also be accepted. No bottles other than 12 oz size, or cans other than 12 & 16 oz sizes, will be accepted.

  • Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

  • All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry and can be printed directly from this website. Entry paperwork should be attached to bottles by the method specified on the bottle label.

  • Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified, for judges' tasting and allergy awareness. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

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