Homebrew Judge and Steward Sign-Up

Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds, careers, and all walks of life. Some are highly trained active judges, stewards, and others are just starting out.  We need your help to make Best Florida Beer Homebrew a success! Please register to help with our competition. Please review the DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES below. Then follow the links below to REGGIE so you can register to help with the Homebrew Competition.

Location: All Sessions are set to take place at Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Judging dates: Oct 6th ,7th ,13th,14th, 19th* & 20th. (*Oct 19th is PM only)


Scoresheets: To help make judging simpler, quicker and easier for entrants to review we will be using the 2018 NHC Structured Scoring Sheets. While the sheets may require less writing we still expect all judges to fill the sheet fully and with constructive comments. In accordance with BJCP guidelines the structured score sheet will be emailed to all registered judges days in advance of judging with instructions. We recommend you download the forms and watch the brief informational video here before signing up to judge

Download the BFBC Structured Score Sheets to Practice:

Structure Score Sheets

Parking: There will be a reserved unpaved lot on 20th AVE that we can park 15 - 20 vehicles on. (details & maps will be posted here) 

Note that PAW has limited spaces in the rear that they would like to reserve for tap room patrons. If you need accessible parking you may park in designated accessible spots in the rear.  Be aware that street parking in the area is 2 hours max from 8am - 6pm. In order to repark for an additional 2 hours you must pass through an intersection per city law.

The Perks: Continental breakfast for the morning session and a lunch prior to the afternoon session. Also our judge director and staff will be assembling gift bags for judges who complete a session of judging. Stewards will also receive a stewarding gift pack. 

Click Here to Register to Judge or Steward in REGGIE



  • Do not judge in a category you have entered.

  • Review the style guidelines for the category you are judging before you begin.

  • Discuss the general characteristics of an entry, but do not attempt to influence opinions of other judges. Be patient, tactful, and respectful of others. The head judge may approve continued discussions if appropriate.

  • Seek guidance from the judge director if you notice another judge practicing any questionable behavior.

  • Strive to maintain anonymity of entries.

  • Be objective in judging to style guidelines, even if this is not a style that you personally enjoy.

  • If you dislike a style please set your preferences in REGGIE.

  • You must agree to give full, comprehensive, and legible feedback to all entrants.

Click Here to Register to Judge in REGGIE



  • Assist organizers and judges as needed.

  • Make sure all required materials are present at the assigned judging table.

  • Ensure that everything required for judging, including openers, cups, pencils, scoresheets, ice, dump buckets, water, and crackers/bread is at the assigned table prior to the scheduled start for the judging.

  • Bring beer for the given flight to the judging table. Double-check to be sure all of the entries assigned to the given flight are in your box. Arrange the bottles in sequential order, as specified by the judges.

  • Remember that some beers will contain sediment so treat them gently.

  • Maintain proper serving temperatures during judging. 50° F is a good temperature for ales. Lagers may be served colder. Use ice as needed to maintain proper serving temperature.

  • Replenish bread, water, cups, forms, etc. as needed.

  • Empty dump buckets as needed or at the request of the judges.

  • Fill in the cover sheet and flight scoresheet at the discretion of the head judge. Check scoresheets, cover sheets, and flight sheets to be sure they have been fully and accurately completed. Point out potential errors to judges and request they correct them. Staple the cover sheets to the scoresheets.

  • Do not empty opened bottles or discard bottle caps until instructed to by the judges. Some entries may need additional evaluation at the end of the flight.

  • The judges may permit stewards to sample the entries along with them; however, stewards must refrain from attempting to influence the judging.



Click Here to Register to Steward in REGGIE