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Rules

The Bataille des Biѐres is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

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 as needed depending upon the quantity 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.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The judges will determine by consensus, the rank of each entry in its category.

Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Your beers will be judged in 'beer clean' glassware - not plastic cups!!

****IMPORTANT CHANGE: THIS YEAR, THE CONTEST JUDGING LOCATION HAS BEEN CHANGED. LOCATION IS:

216 Babalou Rd

Rayne, LA 70578**

Just FYI, WiFi service is not available at this location, so it may be necessary for you to use your phone's data package, if you need to connect.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners from each award-category.

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BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

11B Best Bitter11A Ordinary Bitter11C Strong Bitter
19A American Amber Ale19C American Brown Ale19B California Common
21A American IPA21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA
21B3 Brown IPA 21B7 Brut IPA 21C Hazy IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B Specialty IPA
21B6 White IPA 22A Double IPA24B Belgian Pale Ale
24C Bière de Garde 24A Witbier25A Belgian Blond Ale
25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale25B Saison 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A2 Kentucky Common51A Judge Entry - Free Evaluation (Custom Style) M1A Dry Mead
M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead M2C Berry Mead
M2A Cyser M2E Melomel M2B Pyment
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M3A Fruit and Spice Mead M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
M4A Braggot M4C Experimental Mead M4B Historical Mead

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Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Sessions and Dates

216 Babalou Road, Rayne LA 70578 - Morning
Saturday, January 27, 2024 9:00 AM, CST

216 Babalou Road, Rayne LA 70578 - Afternoon
Saturday, January 27, 2024 1:00 PM, CST

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Best of Show

A Best of Show panel of judges (who are not contenders for the award with their own entry or entries) will determine the Overall Best of Show, or First Place, winner.

Second and Third Place Best of Show winners will also be recognized and receive awards.

We try our best to only have BJCP certified judges on the Best of Show panel.

A separate Mead Best of Show will be conducted following the same rules, for Mead entries and First, Second, and Third Place Mead Best of Show will be recognized and receive awards.

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Awards

The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each award-category. The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries. A minimum score may be necessary to receive an award.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Award ribbons will be mailed to recipients as they will be engraved with the relevant info about the category, entry, and brewer.

Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

We will attempt to live-stream the awards ceremony if at all possible.

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Awards Ceremony

Jim Boudreaux's Residence
216 Babalou RD Rayne, LA. 70578
Monday, January 29, 2024 8:00 PM, CST

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Circuit Qualification

Our regional awards qualifying group is the Bayou State Circuit (usually called "Bayou Circuit").

The Bayou State Circuit is a homebrew competition circuit open to all homebrewers.

Annual winners are determined by the number of points accrued through winning entries in participating local homebrew competitions.

All homebrewers are eligible for the Hombrewer of the Year award, but only Louisiana-based homebrew clubs are eligible for the Homebrew Club of the Year award.

For more information visit: The Bayou State Circuit

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