Maine Homebrewers Competition

The 2019 Maine Homebrewers Competition is Here!        

Ladies and gentleman, start your fermenters! The year 2019 marks the 7th Nearly-Annual edition of the finest homebrewing competition in the great state of Maine. And you know what? Once again, it's not just for beer, but cider, wine, and mead, too! (Check the entry form for specific rules for cider and wine/mead entries!) Not only will the prizes be great, but this is also a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Maine homebrewers to get judged by a panel of local beer and wine experts and receive impartial feedback!

We will be accepting submissions - in person or by mail -  beginning Wednesday, March 20 through Saturday, March 30 at the close of business (6pm). The entry fee is $10 for the first entry and $5 for each entry after that. The winner will be announced in early April at Fogtown Brewing Co. in Ellsworth. All entrants will receive score sheets and an optional hug from one of the judges at the event! See below for full rules and timelines.

One lucky homebrewer will have his or her beer brewed by Fogtown Brewing Co.! Two runners-up will receive great prize packs from local breweries and businesses!

Download the Rules and Entry Form here (Beer form, Cider form, or Wine/Mead form) or stop by Central Street Farmhouse to pick up a copy!

All the details are available in the downloadable forms, so we'll just highlight a few changes!

Okay, just one. The Wine, Mead, and Cider categories have not always received sufficient interest to produce a ranking of beverages from different brewers, so this year entry fees for those categories will be refunded if we do not meet a threshold of at least five different individuals entering those categories. Entries will be judged and scored, with comments available as per usual, regardless of the minimum being met.

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Gotta mail your beer?

Carefully pack your entry in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Do not over pack! Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have been broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles. Please refrain from using packing "peanuts" if possible. Use bottle wrap or newspaper instead.

It is not against any federal laws to ship your entries via a privately owned shipping company for analytical purposes. However, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHIP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Private shipping carrier's rules and regulations concerning the shipment of beer or alcoholic beverages vary. We strongly encourage you to check with your shipping carrier prior to shipping your entry. It is solely the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.