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Rules

FOAM Cup 2018 Rules and Entry Requirements

Homebrew Competition Hosted by the Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers
Sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association

Registration opens September 1, 2018
Entries Accepted: September 29 - November 3, 2018

Judging: November 11-17, 2018
Awards Banquet: November 17, 2018

A. Eligibility

  1. This competition is open to all homebrewers.

  2. Commercial and/or Brew-on-Premises (BOP) beers are not eligible.

  3. This is an AHA-sanctioned competition and all standard rules apply.

B. Entry Requirements and Information

  1. Submit two (2) bottles per entry: crown-capped; 10-14 ounces; brown or green glass. (Meads that are in 375ml wine bottles should send two bottles. Only one 750ml bottle is required)Bottles must be clean, and free of inked or paper labels and other identifying marks. Obliterate any lettering or graphics on the cap with a permanent black marker. For each entry use a rubber band to attach one bottle identification form to each bottle. Do not use glue or tape. Entry fees and bottles will NOT be returned for disqualified entries.

  2. Use the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, available on line at www.bjcp.org. Refer to categories by number, and to subcategories by letter.

  3. We will accept all BJCP beer, mead and cider styles.

  4. There is no longer a limit on the number of entries per sub-category.

  5. We encourage you to save money and register online. OR, you can download the entry and bottle forms and register by mail. 

C. Entry Fees and Deadlines

  1. All entries must be registered online. The fee is $8/entry. Payment online is not required. You can print your entry labels and send entries with check or money order.  Please do not send send cash with mailed-in entries.

  2. We accept online payments or you may send a check or money order with your entries. A link will be provided on your entries page to the payment site. Please include a copy of the invoice for online payment. Make all checks payable to Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers or FOAM.

  3. We will begin accepting entries at the High Gravity shop at 10:00 a.m. CDT Saturday, September 29 to Saturday, November 3, 2018.

  4. All entries must arrive at High Gravity by 6:00 p.m. CDT Saturday, - November 3, 2018

D. Deliver or Ship all Entries to:

High Gravity Homebrew and Winemaking Supplies
FOAM Cup
6808 S. Memorial Dr. Ste 146
Tulsa, OK 74133
Telephone: (918) 461-2605
www.highgravitybrew.com

 

Rules and Policies

  1. Judging, Storage, and Handling

    We will store entries upon receipt in a large commercial refrigerator to minimize character changes. We will try to minimize handling to avoid disturbing bottle-conditioned beers with natural sedimentation. Occasionally this is unavoidable and scores for appearance may reflect this.

  2. The FOAM Cup Committee is working hard to round up as many sponsors and cool prizes as we can. At a minimum, all brewing category winners will receive custom-cast medallions for first, second, and third place in each style category. Judges are solely responsibility for determining whether an entry is deserving of a medal. The FOAM Cup Committee will combine or split categories and/or subcategories as necessary to maintain competition integrity. In general, we will require that there be at least six entries in a category before we award a full set of medals. We will award Best of Show (BOS) medals for beer and for mead. We will judge all beers, meads and ciders (BJCP Categories 1-28). All decisions of the judges, competition staff, and organizer will be final, without exception.


    In addition to the medals, FOAM will award the following prize:

    Okie Cup - This award recognizes the best overall Oklahoma brewer based on total points per place, awarded as follows:
    1ST PLACE = 3 POINTS
    2ND PLACE = 2 POINTS
    3RD PLACE = 1 POINT
    * BREWER MUST BE A RESIDENT OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO BE ELIGIBLE.

    If a tie-break is needed, the winner will be decided by number of 1st place medals.
    Best Beer Name Awarded to the best beer name. The top 10 names will be determined by the FOAM Cup committee. The winner is taken from these 10 names and decided by a vote of the stewards and judges present at the FOAM Cup Competition.

    Paper Cup Award - Given to the brewer with the most entries.

    FOAM Cup - The homebrew club scoring the most points will be crowned FOAM Cup Champion.

  3. Scores, Score Sheets, and Prizes Delivery

    This year we will announce the winners and BOS at an Awards Banquet. Medals will be handed out but scores sheets and prizes will mailed to the winners.

    Cost for the awards banquet is $20.00 and can be purchased online at highgravitybrew.com. Judges and Stewards traveling more than 60 miles can attend the banquet free of charge.

    FOAM will process all score sheets promptly. We will strive to post the results on the FOAM website (www.alemakers.org) as soon as possible, and no later than the Monday after final judging. Tulsa area entries can collect score sheets in person at High Gravity the following Saturday after the competition. We will ship score sheets and prizes to all non-local entrants via U.S. Mail or other common carrier the week after the competition.

FOAM Cup Schedule

First Entries Accepted September 29, 2018 10:00 a.m.

Entry deadline November 3, 2018 6:00 p.m.

Preliminary judging November 11-15, 2018*

1st round judging November 16, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at High Gravity.

1st/2nd round judging November 17, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at High Gravity.

BOS judging November 17, 2018 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at High Gravity.

Post results online November 17, 2018 on www.alemakers.org and FOAMCup.us

*If necessary to accommodate the number of entries, FOAM will conduct preliminary judging rounds during evening hours of November 11 - 15. We will notify all registered judges and stewards of the times and locations of these preliminary rounds.
To get more information or to volunteer as a judge, contact FOAM Cup Organizer Desiree Knott via E-mail at desiree@highgravitybrew.com, or by telephone at (918) 461-2605.  


High Gravity Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies
6808 S. Memorial Dr. Ste 146
Tulsa, OK 74133
www.highgravitybrew.com
Telephone (918) 461-2605


 

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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 English 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 Speciality Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal 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 34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental 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
M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead
M2A Cyser M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead
M4C Experimental Mead PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA Argenta
PRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner

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Number of Bottles Required Per Entry:

Judging Session Locations and Dates

High Gravity - Sunday
Sunday, November 11, 2018 5:30 PM, CST

High Gravity - Monday
Monday, November 12, 2018 6:30 PM, CST

High Gravity - Tuesday
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:30 PM, CST

High Gravity - Wednesday
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:30 PM, CST

Sunoco Building - Friday
Friday, November 16, 2018 6:30 PM, CST

Sunoco Building - Saturday AM
Saturday, November 17, 2018 9:00 AM, CST

Sunoco Building - Saturday PM
Saturday, November 17, 2018 1:00 PM, CST

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Best of Show

We will award Best of Show (BOS) awards for beer, mead and Cider (if less than 10 ciders are entered they will be combined with the Mead BOS).

We will judge all beers, meads and ciders. All decisions of the judges, competition staff, and organizer will be final, without exception.

This year we will announce the winners and BOS at our Awards Banquet. Medals will be handed out and scoresheets will be available for pickup. Scores sheets and prizes will mailed to the winners that are not present at the banquet.

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Awards

The FOAM Cup Committee is working hard to round up as many sponsors and cool prizes as we can. At a minimum, all brewing category winners will receive custom-cast medallions for first, second, and third place in each style category. Judges are solely responsibility for determining whether an entry is deserving of a medal.

The FOAM Cup Committee will combine or split categories and/or subcategories as necessary to maintain competition integrity. In general, we will require that there be at least six entries in a category before we award a full set of medals.

In addition to the medals, FOAM will award the following prizes:

  • Okie Cup This award recognizes the best overall Oklahoma brewer based on total points per place, awarded as follows:

1ST PLACE = 3 POINTS
2ND PLACE = 2 POINTS
3RD PLACE = 1 POINT
* BREWER MUST BE A RESIDENT OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA TO BE ELIGIBLE.

If a tie-break is needed, the winner will be decided by number of 1st place medals.


The homebrew club scoring the most points will be crowned FOAM Cup Champion.

 

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Awards Ceremony

Pippin's Taproom at High Gravity
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Saturday, November 17, 2018 7:00 PM, CST

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Circuit Qualification

High Plains Brewer of the Year

FOAM Cup is a participating competition for the High Plains Brewer of the Year. This award goes to an individual brewer from the Midwestern United States (Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Minnesota) demonstrating outstanding and consistent brewing skills. The award winner is determined by performance in regional competitions. To be eligible, a brewer must reside in one of the aforementioned states, or belong to an AHA-registered club from one of the states. The FOAM Cup Organizer will forward your FOAM Cup points to the HPBOTY organizers.

 

 

MCABFOAM Cup is proud to be a part of the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing.

MCAB is more an event than an organization the Master’s Championship of Amateur Brewing is an annual national championship competition for homebrewers. It is open to all amateur homebrewers of legal age. Brewers qualify for the MCAB championship event by competing in independent homebrewing competitions that have been selected as Qualifying Events for MCAB. These Qualifying Events are located all over North America, and the qualifying cycle runs for the entire calendar year. Placing first in any MCAB-recognized category (see Definition of Terms) qualifies the entrant for admission into the MCAB championship competition, which is typically scheduled to take place early the following calendar year.

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