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Blazing Paddles 2020 has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest, please check back next year!

  • This competition is open to any homebrewer age 19 or older.
  • Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our competition. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.
  • Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.
  • We reserve the right to increase personal entry limits, or overall competition entry cap during the registration window based on demand by entrants and availabilty of qualified judges and volunteers.
  • The competition committee will combine style categories into Medal Categories, based on the distribution of entries the competition receives.
  • All entries will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.
  • Ranking in Medal Categories will be determined by a mini-BoS process. The highest average score will not necessarily be first place within a Medal Category.
  • The BoS ranking will be determined by a BoS panel based on a second judging of entries advanced from each mini-BoS panel.

Schedule of Per Entrant Limits

We have implemented the following schedule for Per Entrant Limits to ensure more individuals are able to participate. Return to this site after each of the dates listed below for a chance to add more entries (provided the overall entry cap has not been reached).

  • Monday May 11 — 3 entries per person
  • Tuesday May 19 — 6 entries per person
  • Monday May 25 — 9 entries per person

The overall entry cap is set to 250 entries.

Styles Accepted

The full list of accepted styles can be found on the info page.


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 Specialty Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable 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 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 PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA Argenta
PRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Competition judging dates are yet to be determined. Please check back later.

Best of Show

The BoS winner will receive the opportunity to brew their winning beer with Counterpoint Brewing Company. Some modification to the winning entrant's recipe may be made at the discretion of the host brewery.



  • Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each Medal Category.
  • Entries will be advanced to the final BoS judging round at the discretion of each panel of mini-BoS judges.
  • Competition results will be posted on the competition website following the Awards Ceremony.
  • Scoresheets will be made available through the competition website exclusively after the Awards have been announced.


Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:00 AM, EST