IPA JamBEERee Homebrew Competition Rules


Enter our IPA JamBEERee Homebrew Competition with your best IPA for a chance to brew at Starr Hill and
join our brewers at the Great American Beer Festival’s Pro-Am Competition!



Bottles MUST be received between April 3rd, 2017 and April 14th, 2017. Bottles received after the submission deadline will not be judged. Entries will be judged the week of April 17th, 2017. Top 25 entries will be contacted and announced shortly thereafter.


Starr Hill® Brewery, LLC (“Starr Hill”), will judge up to 100 entries into the IPA JAMBEEREE Homebrew Competition. Entries received after the entry limit cap (100 entries) is reached will not be judged, and bottles will not be returned. An update will be posted as we near the total number of submissions. Each Contestant may enter only one (1) submission.

There is a $10 (ten dollar) entry fee per submission. Proceeds, if any, will be used to support homebrewing associations.

Judging will be done in accordance with 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. As IPA JAMBEEREE celebrates the iconic India Pale Ale style, submissions WILL ONLY be accepted in the following categories:

12C (English IPA)
21A (American IPA)
21B (Specialty IPA)
22A (Double IPA)

No mead or cider will be accepted. Click here for Style Guidelines.

Beer Scoresheets will be returned for all judged entries. Please visit the BJCP website for more information on the style guidelines and copies of the scoresheet.

Beers will be judged in a “Brewer Round” format. Each Brewer Round will result in a “Best In Round” winning entry. Additionally, Starr Hill judges will choose a “Best In Show” winning entry, selected from amongst all entries (not necessarily the Best Of Round winners).

All entrants agree to assign any necessary intellectual property associated with a winning entry for the purpose of re-brewing their recipe. See below for more details. Entrants are required to provide the names of all individuals involved in developing and/or brewing the recipe entered. All entrants must ensure that they homebrew in accordance with the laws and regulations of their location.

All decisions by Starr Hill will be final. Starr Hill reserves the right to determine, in its sole discretion, if an entry is not of sufficient quality to be worthy of a prize.



The brewer of each Brewer Round winning entry will be invited to our facility in Crozet, VA, to attend a private party with our brewery staff on Friday, May 5th. They will also receive two (2) tickets to the Starr Hill Brewery IPA JAMBEEREE on Saturday, May 6th.


For the top three entries (as determined by Starr Hill Judges), in addition to the above, the brewers of the top three entries will have the opportunity to pour their beers at IPA JAMBEEREE and will also receive a limited-edition IPA JAMBEEREE glass and t-shirt.


For the Best In Show entry, in addition to the above:

(i) the winner of “Best In Show” will be selected from the Top Three Winners (as selected by Starr Hill Judges) and announced at the May 5th Homebrewers’ Reception Party;
(ii) their beer will be re-brewed and entered in the Great American Beer Festival® Pro-Am Competition (assuming that entry regulations can be met);
(iii) they will receive one (1) ticket to attend the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, CO; and
(iv) the beer will be brewed commercially, packaged and distributed to the extent determined by Starr Hill in its sole discretion.

“Best In Show” winner MUST be a registered member of the American Homebrewers Association. To join the AHA, click here.


Visit http://starrhill.com/homebrew-jambeeree/ and follow the online instructions to complete an electronic entry form.

Entrants who submit the electronic entry form will receive, via email, Bottle Identification Forms. These Bottle Identification Forms MUST be printed out and submitted along with the entrant’s beer bottles. The Bottle Identification Forms should be secured to each entry bottle with a rubber band. Entrants must submit four (4) bottles per entry to the address provided in the confirmation email by the submission deadline. Bottles that arrive after the submission deadline will not be judged, will not be returned, and the entry fees will not be refunded.

If you have questions on the entry process, please send them to: jambeeree@starrhill.com.


Each bottle shall be between 10 and 12 fluid ounces in volume. Each bottle shall be free of any identifying marks, including any ink, paper, paint or other labeling. Any markings, lettering or graphics on the caps shall be obliterated with a permanent black marker. No swing-top bottles allowed.

Bottles must be received with the corresponding Bottle Identification Forms secured via rubber band. DO NOT attach the Bottle Identification Forms with glue or tape. Bottles not meeting these submission requirements will be disqualified. Disqualified submissions will not be returned, and entry fees will not be refunded.

Any packages arriving COD or with postage due will be returned to sender. It is your responsibility to ensure that the bottles arrive on time, at the proper location, and in good condition. The American Homebrewers Association has packing and shipping suggestions here, on Page 7.

DO NOT SHIP SUBMISSIONS VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Please use a commercial shipper, and be sure to review the shipper’s rules and regulations. We are not responsible for submissions that do not arrive by the submission deadline.


The beer submitted MUST NOT have been brewed on equipment used to brew or manufacture beverages for any commercial purpose, including any brew-on-premises establishments. Competition is open to non-professional brewers only. Failure to abide by these rules WILL result in disqualification. Failure to complete the entire entry form may result in disqualification. Employees of Starr Hill Brewery, LCC, and their immediate family members, are not eligible to enter. US residents only. Must be 21 years old or older to enter. All submissions become the property of Starr Hill upon delivery. Starr Hill reserves the right to disqualify any entry for failure to adhere to the eligibility or entry requirements.

No compensation will be paid to any entrant in conjunction with the commercial brewing of any prize-winning entry. By entering the competition, you represent and warrant that only individuals listed on the entry form were involved in the development of the submitted recipe and the brewing of the submitted beer, and that all such individuals are in-fact listed on the entry form. Failure to list all such individuals will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any prize. Entrants hereby grant Starr Hill, in the event that their submission is selected for a prize, the following: (i) a right to use their name and likeness and (ii) a license to the recipe associated with the winning entry. Winner(s) of the Best In Show prize shall assign, and hereby agree(s) to assign, all intellectual property associated with the winning entry, including but not limited to the recipe (all ingredients and entire process). Starr Hill reserves the right to modify the winning recipe as/if necessary in order to brew the beer in a commercially-viable amount and/or process. Failure to execute an assignment of rights in accordance with the foregoing terms will result in forfeiture of any prize.