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BJCP 2015 Judging Categories

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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 Weizenbock11A 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 Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental BeerC1A New World Cider
C1B English CiderC1C French CiderC1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional PerryC2A New England CiderC2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C ApplewineC2D Ice CiderC2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry MeadM1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet MeadM2A CyserM2B Pyment
M2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit MeadM2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable MeadM4A Braggot
M4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead 

Judging Locations and Dates

High Gravity - Sunday
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 5:30 PM, CST

High Gravity - Monday
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6:30 PM, CST

High Gravity - Tuesday
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM, CST

High Gravity - Wednesday
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM, CST

High Gravity - Thursday
6808 S Memorial Dr. Ste 146, Tulsa OK, 74133
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM, CST

High Gravity - Friday
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM, CST

High Gravity - Saturday AM
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM, CST

High Gravity - Saturday PM
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM, CST

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.


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:


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.


Awards Ceremony

Pippin's Taproom at High Gravity
6808 S Memorial Dr Ste 146, Tulsa OK 74133
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM, CST

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.