This competition is open to all commercial beers brewed in the State of Florida and offered for sale in the State of Florida without significant changes or modifications to the beer recipe from the way is has been offered for sale to the public.
Medal Round judging will take place the weekend of February 4th, 2006.All winners except Best of Show will be announced at the Florida Brewers Guild Festival in Tampa on Saturday, March 4th, 2006. Each beer will be judged by a panel of three people, pooled from professional brewers and from the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) consisting of judges ranked "certified" or higher .Emphasis will be on how good is the craft-brewed beer, not how well it fits the style guideline. Best of Show judging will take place the weekend of February 5th. Gold Medal winners will notified in advance of the FBG Fest awards ceremony
Prizes and Awards
Credit for each beer will go to both the brewery and to the brewer of that particular beer. Entries will be graded on a score sheet modified to promote scores in the range of 60 to 100 points:
- Entries Scoring 90-100 Points will receive a gold medal
- Entries Scoring 80-89 points will receive a silver medal
- Entries Scoring 70-79 points will receive a bronze medal
Trophies will also be presented to the 2nd and 3rd Best of Show. All other winners will be announced at the Florida Brewer's Guild Festival in January. Gold medal and category winners will be allowed to serve their award winning beer at the Brewer?s Ball. For each keg of beer (1/2 bbl) donated by the BOS competitors, two complimentary tickets to the Brewer's Ball will be given to the brewery.
All beers will be judged according to the style specified by the brewer on the entry form, although little emphasis will be devoted to strict style adherence on the BFBC evaluation sheets. World Beer Cup Style Guidelines will be used, providing a much broader range of categories. If the brewer wishes to enter a new style of beer not previously categorized he must write the description of this beer in sufficient detail for the judges. Some historical or specialty beers may fit into such a category .
Proceeds from the commercial competition will be used to promote craft brewing in the state of Florida.
Two samples of beer will be required, each at least 12 ounces. Each entry is required to have its State of Florida Brand number or the Date of First Tapping (if served at a Brewpub) and months that it is available for enjoyment by Florida consumers if it is a seasonal. Beers will be served to the judges "blind" so the type of container of the entry will not be an issue. Cans, bottles, kegs, PET bottles with carbonators will all be accepted. Entries will be sent to:
- BFBC c/o Southern Brewing Supplies
- 1717 E. Busch Blvd. #805
- Tampa, FL 33612
Entry registration forms and fees must be received on or before January 21, 2006. Checks should be made payable to BFBC. Entry forms may be submitted on-line through the Best Florida Beer Competition website, http://www.bestfloridabeer.org/ or mailed to the competition organizer:
- Bob Sylvester and Bob Haa
- 14515 Halfway Ln.
- Odessa FL 33556