In addition to regular meetings, the Bloatarian Brewing League hosts brewing competitions each year. Some are limited to current members, while others are open to all. We also participate as often as we can in competitions hosted by other area clubs and organizations.
Great news — you do not necessarily have to be a brewer to participate in competitions! Judges and stewards are always in high demand. For more information on becoming a certified beer judge, click here.
Read on for a list of the competitions we host and/or attend throughout the year. For current information on exact dates and locations, check out our Events Calendar.
Bloatarian Brewing League Hosted Competitions
Occurring annually on the third Saturday of May, the Bloatarian Open is a BJCP/AHA sanctioned Club-Only Competition, meaning you must be a paid-in-full BBL member to enter a beer into the competition. New to BBL? First-year members can enter an unlimited number of entries in the competition FREE with your paid membership.
The competition is open to all BJCP categories. Meads and Ciders are not eligible for Best of Show. You DO NOT need to be a Bloatarian member to judge/steward, and you DO NOT need to be a certified BJCP judge to judge.
Beer & Sweat
Beer & Sweat is our annual KEG-ONLY (no bottles allowed!) homebrew competition held on the third Saturday of August. Unique in format, Beer & Sweat combines a traditional competition with judging during the day with the biggest homebrew party that you will ever experience in the evening! (What else would you do with a room filled with tons of kegs and all the homebrewers right there?)
Despite attracting 250+ entries, the single judging session starts at noon and ends with the Best of Show judging in the late afternoon. The judging hall opens for the social part of the evening after judging is complete, usually between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The festivities continue well into the night with the awards ceremony, music, raffles, and partying! We always host the event at a hotel and encourage attendees to book a room at the specially negotiated rate or arrange for a designated driver home at the end of the evening.
Brewers, please note that as a keg-only competition, it is not feasible to mail your entries or drop them at a consolidated location – all entries are hand carried (and hooked up to CO2) by the entrants at the competition site.
THIS SOUNDS AWESOME! CAN ANYONE COME?
Well, it is awesome, but due to legal requirements surrounding homebrew, Beer & Sweat is a Bloatarian Brewing League club event for members only. However, all entrants and volunteers automatically become BBL members and we sell memberships day-of so that friends, loved ones, and members of the public can also attend. It’s a great opportunity to sample some of the best homebrew in the region all in one place!
Other Regional Brewing Competitions
Moerlein Bockfest Brewer’s Challenge
Bockfest Brewing Competition
Liberty Home Bockfest
American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition - First Round
Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers (TRASH) Annual Competition
NKY Homebrewers Guild HammerDown Brewcup
Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists (SODZ) British Beerfest Competition
Brewers of Central Kentucky (BOCK) Bluegrass Cup
Indiana State Fair Indiana Brewer’s Cup