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2020 ASH Homebrewer of the Year "Midi" Comp


With plans for outrageous celebration of our 25th Anniversary disrupted, and with social distancing limiting our normal club activities, the ASH Board has agreed to sponsor a special competition to let us all have some fun. And award some of those awesome ASH 25th Anniversary medals to our members.

This event is a "HBOY Midi Comp". Why "Midi"? 

  • It's not our traditional Mini Comp that limits entries to a single or small set of BJCP styles.
  • It's also not our traditional Spring and Fall Classic competition that allows a large number of entries supported by judging in a single location.
  • It's something in between - a "midi" - and we hope to receive more entries in more style categories than a mini-comp but will need to limit entries to a manageable number given the uncertainty around how to manage logistics.

So welcome to The First (and hopefully last) Ever Social Distancing, Coronavirus Commemorating, No-Complaining-Since-We're-Improvising ASH HBOY Midi Comp.

  • First (and hopefully last) Ever since we hope we never repeat this
  • Social Distancing so we can ensure safety of all participants
  • Coronavirus Commemorating since this is a time like no other
  • No-Complaining-Since-We're-Improvising because this is going to require some non-traditional improvization, so give us some slack please.

But let's have some fun. Relax and have a Homebrew.


Brewer Eligibility

This competition is open only to ASH Members in good standing. That means you have either paid your ASH annual dues or are a lifetime member.


Accepted Styles

All recognized BJCP styles of Beer, Cider and Mead will be accepted.


Entry Limit and Guidelines

Each brewer meeting eligibility requirements above may enter one beer, one mead and one cider for a miximum of three entries. We may increase those entry limits later based on the number of entries we get but our goal is to both allow everyone to participate and to hold the number of entries to managable levels given the uncertain conditions. NOTE that the software will likley allow you to have 3 entries regardless of whether they are beer, mead or cider; please police yourselve so we don't have to police you.

Our intention is to encourage entries meeting the following criteria, although we admittedly have no way of knowing if you compy. But we hope you'll adhere to the spirit of this. The criteria are:

  1. Beverages brewed for the National Homebrew Competition, which has been cancelled
  2. Beverages brewed for the ASH Spring Classic, which has been cancelled
  3. Beverages brewed during Coronavirus-related, CDC recommended Social Distancing, roughly March to present


Entry Registration and Collection

This is a developing area given uncertainty surrounding retail opening and the pandemic situation. Final arrangements will be updated on this site and communicated through the Hot Break and on the Members Only Facebook page as well.

Here is the tentative plan, loose as it is:

The entry window is open through June 16, the date of our monthly general meeting. IF we are able to hold the general meeting, we will accept entries in person then.

We tentatively plan on receiving entries on one day only - June 20 - at a central location to be announced later. If you are unavailable, contact us after we have announced final arrangements and we will try to make safe alternative arrangments.

Our goal is to collect entries on June 20 and to distribute entries to judges that same day. Those plans are subject to change.

Medal Rules

Entries received will be combined in judging categories of at least 6 entries. Final categories will be determined by the competition organizers. Our goal is to create judging categories of like-styles, although there may be some non-traditional categories based on the final entry mix.

ASH 25th Anniversary Commorative medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each judging category.

There will be no Best of Show awards.

No prizes beyond medals will be awarded.




BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

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

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer C1A New World Cider C1B English Cider
C1C French Cider C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry
C2A New England Cider C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2C Applewine
C2D Ice Cider C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2F Specialty Cider/Perry
M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead
M2A Cyser M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead
M4C Experimental Mead PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA Argenta
PRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

You may submit one beer, one cider and one mead. You may submit one entry in each of those. You may NOT submit more than one entry in any one of those. Three entries maximum. Got it?

You must submit 2 bottles for each entry. We anticipate judging will be virtual by Zoom so each judge will receive one bottle. Due to anticipated logistics, there will be no mini-BOS judging or BOS round.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles. 16 and 22 ounce bottles are accepted, but the bottle requirements below still apply regardless of the bottle size. Mead entries may be in smaller 8 ounce bottles. 

We will allow canned beverages in the Midi Comp since we are improvising. We will consider this a test for future events to help us evaluate cans since we realize some brewers are moving to cans. 

Bottles and cans must be free of any markings or labels. Common craft beer bottles that are embossed (e.g Sam Adams or Widmer) are allowed. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. Cans should have no identifying markings. Entries that violate this rule will be disqualified from winning awards at the discretion of the competition organizer. Entries will still be judged and feedback returned to the entrant. Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Label your entries with the labels provided during registration.

Put each bottle label in a plastic bag in case we need to spray them with disinfectant.

RUBBER BAND the bags with the bottle labels them to each bottle.  Due to the difficulty of processing entres, bottles with the ID forms taped or glued on may be disqualified at the discretion of the organizer. You do NOT need to print out and submit a recipe sheet.

Please fill out the online entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.



Judging Session Locations and Dates

Virtual Judging
Sunday, June 21, 2020 12:00 AM, MST

Virtual Judging 2
Sunday, June 21, 2020 2:00 PM, MST


Best of Show

No Best Of Show will be awarded for this competition.





Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. A minimum score of 30 is required to earn a medal. Each entry is entitled to one medal. For entries brewed by multiple brewers, additional medals may be purchased for $15 per medal. Co-Brewers must be noted during entry registration and only one co-brewer will be recognized for each entry.

Awards not picked up will be mailed to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site and scoresheets will be available for download after the festival.


Awards Ceremony

TBD. Subject to scheduling of the July ASH General Meeting.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 2:00 PM, MST