Southern New England Regional Homebrew Competition

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Two Roads Brewing Co., Stratford, CT

Hosted by The Underground Brewers of Connecticut and The Krausen Commandos of Northwest CT

Sponsored by Maltose Express, My Place Restaurant, and Two Roads Brewing Co.

The Competition at a Glance

The 28th Annual Southern New England Regional Homebrew Competition (SNERHC 2017) will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Two Roads Brewing Co., Stratford, CT. SNERHC 2017 is sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).

The competition organizers promise a professionally run competition with feedback for all entries. Brewers will receive comments on their beers on official scoresheets filled out by judges recognized by the BJCP. In addition to first, second and third prizes in each category (based upon BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines – Appendix A2), awards will be given for the Best-of-Show beer and two runners-up.

To enter and/or to register as a volunteer, go to

Competition Rules and Entry Information

  1. Anyone may enter.
  2. All entries must be brewed at home, not in a commercial operation.
  3. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 12 ENTRIES PER BREWER. Within that limit, there is no limit to the number of entries per style or category.
  4. The fee is $7.00 per entry. Payment must be made online via PayPal. (You do not need a PayPal account to make a payment.)
  5. All entries will be judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Beers will be grouped for judging into the 23 categories specified in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines Appendix A2. Entries for mead and cider will be grouped into the categories specified in their respective guidelines.
  6. All entries must be registered online..
  7. Online registration will open at 8:00am on August 15, 2017 and will close at noon on September 30, 2017 or when we have 400 paid entries, whichever comes first.
  8. Brewers must submit TWO 10–12 ounce bottles for each entry. Beer bottles should be brown or green; mead and cider bottles may be brown, green, or clear. Bottles with raised lettering will be accepted. Caps must be blank or blacked out.
  9. Entries will be accepted at the locations listed below from Saturday, September 2, 2017 until noon on Saturday, September 30, 2017.
  10. Bottle labels must be attached to each bottle with a rubber band — no tape. Please ONLY use the labels generated by the online registration software -- the generated entry number is critical to identifying each entry.
  11. Entry descriptions must include all additional information required by the BJCP guidelines. Examples include: special ingredients or processes, base style, carbonation level, strength, etc. Please double-check the BJCP guidelines before completing your registration.
  12. Entry descriptions may be changed online until noon on September 30, 2017, even if the entries have already been dropped off. Changes after that time cannot be accommodated.
  13. Images of completed score sheets will be available for download, through the website, shortly after the event. Paper scoresheets will NOT be mailed.
  14. Prizes will be awarded to all brews placing first, second and third in each of the 29 categories specified above, even if some categories are collapsed for judging purposes. Prizes will not be awarded to an entry scoring less than 21 points out of the maximum 50. Best-of-Show prizes will also be awarded.
  15. Ribbons and prizes will be distributed at an awards ceremony immediately following the judging. (Likely start time: between 4:00pm and 5:00pm on October 15, 2017.) Ribbons not picked up at the ceremony will be mailed to winners within 4 weeks after the competition. Prizes can NOT be mailed.
  16. A list of winners will be posted to the website within 36 hours after the competition.

Judges and Stewards

Judges and stewards are needed for SNERHC! Persons interested in volunteering should register online by October 12, 2017.

All volunteers must report to the judging site no later than 8:30 AM on the day of the competition. Judging will start promptly at 9:00 AM. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided.

BJCP experience points will be awarded according to BJCP rules.

Drop-off Points

Entries may be dropped off at any of the following locations between September 2, 2017 and noon on September 30, 2017. PLEASE check the web site for each location since they all have different business hours. Some locations may not be open on the final day.

As a courtesy to the drop-off location staff, please place entries in boxes clearly labelled "SNERHC". It is not necessary to wrap and cushion dropped-off entries as you would for shipping, but please do box them to keep the entries together.

Entries may also be shipped via UPS to Maltose Express at the address above. Please ship in time to guarantee delivery before noon on September 30, 2017. "SNERHC" must be clearly marked on the outside of the box. Shipped entries must be well packed. Bubble-wrap and double boxing is recommended. A trash bag liner will prevent soaking of the box if a bottle breaks in transit. Do not indicate brew contents to UPS personnel, as it might cause rejection of the package. Place all paper work in a plastic bag on top of the bottles.


For additional information, please contact the Organizer, Paul Hayslett, at or at 203-530-7873.