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 2019 San Francisco Homebrewers Guild

“Homebrewer of the Year” Competition Series Rules

SFHG will once again host several BJCP-sanctioned competitions in 2019. Points earned by

club members in the club-only competitions, plus points earned by placing in certain outside

competitions, are added up to determine who is the SFHG Homebrewer of the Year. The winner

will have their name engraved on the SFHG HoY trophy cup and will bask in the adulation of

their peers.

Brewers may earn points toward HoY by entering the three (3) BJCP competitions hosted by the

SFHG in 2019. All competitions will require two (2) 12 oz. bottles for entry. The competitions

being hosted by BJCP this year are as follows:

● I’m a Little Teapot, Short and Stout - Categories 15B, 15C, 16A-D, 20B

○ Suggested Brew Date: January 2019

○ Due Date: March 3rd

○ Award Date: March meeting

● SMASH It - Single Malt Single Hop - use a single type of malt and a single type of hop in

your brew - you can use them at different stages, ie you can use the hop for kettle

additions as well as dry hopping - no other ingredients besides water, mineral additions,

bacteria and/or yeast

○ Suggested Brew Date: April 2019

○ Due Date: TBD - early/mid May 2019

○ Award Date: SFHG Memorial Day picnic

● It’s Uge - Any beerstyle over 8% ABV

○ Suggested Brew Date: early 2019

○ Due Date: TBD - early September

○ Award Date: September meeting

SFHG members may also earn points toward the SFHG HOY Award by winning a ribbon in the

following competitions:

● Bay Area Mashers “World Cup of Beer”

○ Due Date: usually in March (info will be on website linked above and we’ll try to

send out an update when information is available)

○ Award Date: usually in April

● Mayfaire Competition

○ Due Date: Usually in April (info will be on website linked above and we’ll try to

send out an update when information is available)

○ Award Date: TBD

● California State Fair

○ Due Date: Usually in May (info will be on website linked above and we’ll try to

send out an update when information is available)

○ Award Date: TBD

● California State Homebrew Competition

○ Due Date: Usually in October (info will be on website linked above and we run it

so you’ll hear about it early and often)

○ Award Date: TBD

How points are allocated

SFHG competitions:

● 6 points for 1st place

● 4 points for 2nd place

● 2 points for 3rd place

● 0.5 points for entry that does not place

● 1 bonus point if you enter all 3 SFHG-sponsored competitions

Non-SFHG competitions:

● 3 points for 1st place

● 2 points for 2nd place

● 1 point for 3rd place

● 1 bonus point for winning Best of Show

Other rules:

● Brewers must be a paid, annual member of SFHG, and must enter at least ONE (1) of

our three internal, SFHG competitions to be eligible for the SFHG HOY Award.

● You can earn a maximum of 5 cumulative points for each non-SFHG eligible competition.

● If you enter a competition with a co-brewer, your points will only count toward that

specific team. Brewers do not earn individual brewer points when an entry is submitted

as a team.

Tie-Breaker for HoY Award:

If at the end of the year there is a tie of points between multiple homebrewers, we will break the

tie by taking these factors into consideration in this order, until someone emerges as a winner:

1) Most points earned in SFHG competitions

2) Most 1st Place Awards, SFHG competitions

3) Most 2nd Place Awards, SFHG competitions

4) Most 3rd Place Awards, SFHG competitions

5) Most 1st Place Awards, Non-SFHG competitions

6) Most 2nd Place Awards, Non-SFHG competitions

7) Most 3rd Place Awards, Non-SFHG competitions

Need more info?

Join the SFHG mailing list and/or become a member of the SFHG Facebook Group to receive

the most up to date information. If you have any specific questions, you can e-mail SFHG

Competitions Chair Bryan Wang at

There can only be one winner of the HoY award, however, all SFHG members will benefit

greatly from entering competitions and receiving honest feedback and recommendations on

how to improve your beer. All SFHG brewers are highly encouraged to brew for competitions!

Best of luck and happy brewing!

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