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SFHG Tribute to America Competition Drop-off

Hey Brewers,

Here are the details for entering the “SFHG Tribute to America” competition. To kick off the summer, brewers may brew one or both of two “American Style” beers for this competition - the style that made San Francisco famous, 7B – California Common, as well as for the iconic beer of America spirit, 14B – American IPA. Beers will be Beers judged according to 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines, to review these guidelines, go to and and check them out.

ENTERING YOUR BEER: Entries are being accepted now and can be dropped off at SF Brewcraft at 1555 Clement Street,[masked] – check with the store for their operating hours. Entries must be submitted no later than Sunday, May 5th and must consist of three 12 oz. unlabeled bottles (or two 22 oz. bottles) with a piece of paper rubber-banded to the bottles containing (1) entrant’s name, (2) phone number, (3) email address, and (4) the name of the homebrew. PLEASE DO NOT TAPE OR GLUE YOUR PAPER TO THE BOTTLE OR YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED! Use a rubber band – it helps greatly for the stewards and judges running the competition (also, don't expect Brewcraft to have rubber bands for you, go prepared!). Please write legibly and bring them in a six pack carton if possible, to make it easier when we have tons of them to move around.

Cost to enter is free with an email to [masked] with the details of your entry (the information you provide on the sheet rubber-banded to your bottles). The email is important to make sure we know how many entries to expect to pick up at Brewcraft and to ensure no entries are missing – please don't email until you actually turn in your beer.

Winners (Top 3) for each style will be announced at the SFHG Tribute to America Picnic Event Saturday, May 18. Award recipients for each style will earn 3 points for 1st Place, 2 points for 2nd Place, and 1 point for 3rd Place toward the 2013 SFHG Homebrewer of the Year Award. Best of Show between the two styles will earn an additional ½ point. All other non-placing entries will earn ½ point.

Let Chris or Kevin know if you have any questions. Best of luck on your entries!

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  • Chris C.

    This is a BJCP certified comp, we follow all the rules and guidelines that any BJCP comp around the world should:

    Your beers are kept refrigerated and have plenty of time to settle before judging. We require three bottles because there's a mini best of show round after the main judging is over and there's also occasional bottle breakage and whatever else. Having three bottles ensures there's more than enough for proper judging...and it ensures I have beer for a month.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Bryan B.

    Great question Alex, I also had a question along these lines, why 3 beers. Is there 3 judges and they get a beer each? just curious

    May 5, 2013

  • Alex D.

    So I'm curious about the life of a beer after it has been dropped off for a competition. After drop off do the beers stay at room temperature? Are they refrigerated? Are they left in car trunk to heat up? At what temp to they spend most of their time? Also, just prior to judging are they chilled to appropriate temps for the style? (on ice? in a fridge?) Lastly, are they given some time to settle before judging? (important for those of us who have yet to make the jump to kegging). Thanks!

    May 3, 2013

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