OG20 Rules & Regulations



Bottles MUST be received between May 11, 2016 and May 25, 2016. Bottles received after the submission deadline will not be judged.

Entries will be judged June 4th. Winners will be contacted and announced shortly thereafter.


Ballast Point Brewing Company® and Home Brew Mart® (“Ballast Point”) will judge up to 1,000 entries into the Ballast Point Original Gravity 20th Anniversary Homebrew Competition, an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition.  

Entries received after we reach the entry limit cap for each region (see below) will not be judged, and bottles will not be returned.  We will post an update as we near the total number of submissions.

Each Contestant may enter up to 3 submissions, but no more than 1 submission per style category.

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.  Submissions WILL NOT be accepted in the following categories: 23 (European Sour Ale), 27 (Historical Beer), 28 (American Wild Ale), 31 (Alternative Fermentables Beer) and 33 (Wood Beer).  No mead, or cider will be accepted. See http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php for Style Guidelines.

Beer Scoresheets will be returned for all judged entries.  Please visit the BJCP website (http://www.bjcp.org/) for more information on the judging process, including the style guidelines, copies of the scoresheet and beer fault list.  

Beers will be judged in a “Regional Round” format.  There will be 6 Regions, each with an entry limit cap of 165 entries, except for California, which will have an entry limit cap of 175 entries):

  1. California (entry limit cap of 175)
  2. Pacific North West (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii)
  3. South West (Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma)
  4. Midwest (N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky)
  5. South East (Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida)
  6. North East (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland)

Each Regional Round will result in a “Best Of Region” winning entry.  Additionally, Ballast Point judges will select a “Best In Show” winning entry (which will be selected from amongst all entries, and not necessarily the Best Of Region 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 Organizers will be final.  Organizers reserve the right to determine, in their sole discretion, if an entry is not of sufficient quality to be worthy of a prize.  


Best Of Region Winners
The brewer of each Best Of Region winning entry will be invited to our facility in San Diego, CA to brew a scaled-up batch on our 5-BBL R&D brewing system under the guidance of one our R&D Brewers.  Ballast Point will reimburse round-trip coach airfare, from the major airport closest to entrant to San Diego, and 2-nights lodging in San Diego for one entrant in association with each of these trips.

Top Three Winners
For the top three entries (as determined by Ballast Point Judges), in addition to the above, the brewers of the Top Three entries will be invited to our Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Party (to be held September 4, 2016).  Ballast Point will reimburse round-trip coach airfare, from the major airport closest to entrant to San Diego, and 2-nights lodging in San Diego for one entrant and one guest in association with this trip.

Best In Show

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 Ballast Point Judges) and announced at our Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Party;

(ii) the beer will be re-brewed and entered in the Great American Brew Fest® Pro-Am Competition (assuming that entry regulations can be met); and

(iii) the beer will be brewed commercially, packaged and distributed to the extent determined by Ballast Point in its sole discretion.


  1. Visit http://www.ballastpoint.com/og20/ and follow the on-line instructions to complete an electronic entry form.
  2. 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 the entry bottles with a rubber band.
  3. Entrants must submit 4 bottles of 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.
  4. If you have questions on the entry process, please send them to: OG20@ballastpoint.com.


  1. Each bottle shall be between 10 and 12 fluid ounces in volume.
  2. Each bottle shall be no more than 2.75 inches in diameter and no more than 9 inches high.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bottles not meeting these submission requirements will be disqualified. Disqualified submissions will not be returned, and entry fees will not be refunded.
  6. Any packages arriving COD or with postage due will be returned to sender.
  7. 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, under Part III: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/rules-and-regulations/
  8. 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 at 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 Home Brew Mart, Inc. and Constellation Brands Inc., 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 Ballast Point upon delivery.

Ballast Point 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 Ballast Point, 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).  Ballast Point 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.

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