Re: UPDATE: Franco Belgian Challenge MHTG
Date: November 7th, 2009
Location: The Ale Asylum, 3698 Kinsman Boulevard, Madison, WI 53704.
The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild are pleased to announce the 2008 Franco-Belgian
This contest is an attempt to encourage the homebrewing of French- and Belgian-style beers. As such,
only French- and Belgian-style beers (BJCP categories 16-18) will be judged. The competition is
sanctioned by AHA and BJCP. AHA/BJCP Style Guidelines will be used.
Awards will be issued to first, second and third place beers for each of the three categories. MHTG
reserves the right to consolidate categories based on the number of entries. The competition will be
held Saturday, November 7th 2009, The Ale Asylum, Madison, WI. Rules and entry information is
Feel free to contact the contest organizers, Mark Schnepper or Mark Alfred if you
would like paper copies of the registration materials. Registration forms are online.
A. Eligibility and Categories
1. Anyone may enter a beer from BJCP categories 16, 17 or 18.
2. Entries must be referred to by Category Number and Subcategory LETTER. See Style Guidelines for
category designations and descriptions.
3. Commercially brewed beers are ineligible.
4. Multiple Entries in the same *category must be separate batches (i.e. same wort different yeast is not
allowable). * Only 1 entry per subcategory is allowed.
B. How To Enter, What To Enter
1. Entry Fees $5.00 for each entry. All checks should be made payable to MHTG. Attach entry fee to
registration form(s) and place inside package. Any entries not accompanied by a fee will not be judged.
2. Entry requirements: provide TWO 10- to 12-ounce BOTTLES or ONE 750ml BOTTLE for each
entry. Bottles must be green or brown glass and clean and free of any labels (inked, paper, or
otherwise). Bottles with formed-in-glass brand names or labels (such as Sam Adams) are prohibited.
Entrants are encouraged to use brown, longneck bottles for extra protection from light and breakage.
NOTE: Grolsch-type swing tops are not acceptable. Soft drink or other printed crown caps are
acceptable if they are blacked-out with a black marking pen to assure anonymity in judging. Use a
rubber band to attach to each bottle an entry form with your name, beer designation (if multiple entries
in a category), category and subcategory. The use of tape or glue to attach forms is not acceptable.
NOTE: Those entering large, 750ml, bottles may wish to send TWO bottles if they believe they will be
eligible for the best-of-show round and wish to have a fresh, unopened, bottle available for BOS
3. Beers from a single batch may not be entered in multiple Categories. Multiple entries in a Category
are acceptable but MUST be in separate subcategories.
4. Recipes need not be submitted with entry.
C. Where To Enter, When To Enter
1. Entries are being accepted from October 12th through October 30th . Entries must be accompanied
by fees and registration information MUST be received by Friday, October 30th, 2009 before the close
of the business day following at the following location: The Wine & Hop Shop, 1931 Monroe, St.
Madison, WI 53711.
2. Out-of-town entries: Shipment by air freight is recommended. PACK YOUR ENTRIES WELL.
Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Boxes should weigh less than 40
pounds. Entries that are shipped must be received by Friday, October 30th, 2009. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Entries may be shipped to: The Wine & Hop Shop, 1931 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711.
D. Judging / Stewarding
Those interested in judging or stewarding please contact Mark Schnepper or Mark Alfred. Judging will
be performed in open session on Saturday, November 7th. Judging and the awards presentation will be
held at the Ale Asylum, in Madison, WI, immediately after the judging is completed. Decisions of the
judges are final. Organizers reserve the right to combine categories if a sufficient number of entries is
not received. Organizers also reserve the right to break up categories if too many entries are received in
a particular subcategory.
Awards will be given for first, second and third-place winners in each Category judged. Winners will
be announced immediately following judging. Winners and scores will be posted on our web site within
a two weeks of the competition. All winners will be notified. Score sheets and judges comments will be
returned to all entrants. There will be first, second, and third place medals awarded in all categories.
For further information, please contact the contest organizers,
Mark Schnepper,firstname.lastname@example.org or
Mark Alfred email@example.com.
Now, break out those French and Belgians and enjoy the competition!