2023 Ohio 4 O.Z. Competition Info
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RulesOhio4 O.Z. Competition Rules
This competition is BJCP certified and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.
The Ohio 4 O.Z. Contest recognizes homebrew made using Ohio sourced ingredients and commercial yeast as described in the rules below. The contest seeks to encourage homebrewers to explore local products originating and processed in Ohio, including commercial, homemade, homegrown, or foraged. Entrants are asked to provide a description of the sources for their ingredients. Elements of local terroir (methods, recipe source, special local ingredients, etc.) may also be described and will be given consideration during judging.
- All ingredients in your entries should originate in Ohio (excepting yeast). They may be gathered or purchased from any source so long as the product originates and is processed in Ohio. Information on Ohio ingredient sources is available at the following links. Check back for information as it is posted:
- Ingredients may be modified after purchase including roasting, drying, malting, etc. Key ingredients used in each entry must be described in the ‘Brewer’s Specifics’ field of each entry. The description for each entry ingredient should at least include type (hop, malt, adjunct, etc.) origin (scavenged, grown at home, produced by, etc.), and any processing after purchase/gathering. This information will be given consideration during judging.
- Yeast may be purchased from any source available to homebrewers including commercially available wild yeasts originating from Ohio and available from Bootleg Biology or other sources. House yeasts (repitched by the entrant more than 6 times), foraged, and naturally gathered yeast are encouraged and will receive additional recognition. Please describe the source of the yeast and the method used to inoculate wort.
- Original water sources must be Ohio local tap water that may be filtered, RO processed and adjusted with minerals, salts, and acid. RO processing of water must be declared if used. Surface and well water may not be used to maximize safety of participants.
- All entries must be handcrafted products made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.). The winning beer made with non-commercial yeast will be eligible to have its yeast propagated by a commercial lab and made available to be used in next year's competition.
- BJCP category 34C (Experimental beer) can be used for original recipes that do not conform to other categories. If your beer is entered in this category, you should describe the key sensory elements you were trying to achieve (flavor, aroma, appearance, mouthfeel) and include a single sentence describing the overall experience of the beer to be used by judges during evaluation.
- This contest seeks to encourage and reward successful creativity in the use of local ingredients and brewing practices. A separate award may be given for ‘Best Ohio Zymurgy’ to recognize expression of local terroir at the option of contest organizers. Special recognition for the use of natural yeast may also be provided separately.
- The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.
- The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles in judging categories and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and qualities of entries.
- We will strive to provide the best possible judging of all entries. Two or more judges will evaluate and score each entry. Judges will determine the final overall score and rankings based on consensus. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.
- Brewers may only enter each BJCP *sub*category once with the exception of 29A, 29B and 34C. Example: participants can enter a Belgian Pale (16B) and Belgian Saison (16C), but they may not enter two Saisons. Two entries are allowed for 29A - Fruit Beer and 29B - Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer and 34C - ‘Experimental Beer’. Multiple entries in these categories must be distinctly different beers.
- Judging categories may be combined by the organizer based on the number and affinities of entries. All possible efforts will be made to combine similar beers together in categories. All entries will be judged according to the BJCP style definition they were entered in, with consideration given to ingredients and processes described in brewer specifics.
- The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners of each judging category that the organizer has assigned them to. The panel will include experienced BJCP judges and at least one culinary professional.
- All mailed entries must be received at Terrestrial Brewing by the entry deadline - please allow shipping time.
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 Lager||1B American Lager||1C Cream Ale|
|1D American Wheat Beer||2A International Pale Lager||2B International Amber Lager|
|2C International Dark Lager||3A Czech Pale Lager||3B Czech Premium Pale Lager|
|3C Czech Amber Lager||3D Czech Dark Lager||4A Munich Helles|
|4B Festbier||4C Helles Bock||5A German Leichtbier|
|5B Kolsch||5C German Exportbier||5D German Pils|
|6A Marzen||6B Rauchbier||6C Dunkels Bock|
|7A Vienna Lager||7B Altbier||7C Kellerbier|
|8A Munich Dunkel||8B Schwarzbier||9A Doppelbock|
|9B Eisbock||9C Baltic Porter||10A Weissbier|
|10B Dunkels Weissbier||10C Weizenbock||11A Ordinary Bitter|
|11B Best Bitter||11C Strong Bitter||12A English Golden Ale|
|12B Australian Sparkling Ale||12C English IPA||13A Dark Mild|
|13B English Brown Ale||13C English Porter||14A Scottish Light|
|14B Scottish Heavy||14C Scottish Export||15A Irish Red Ale|
|15B Irish Stout||15C Irish Extra Stout||16A Sweet Stout|
|16B Oatmeal Stout||16C Tropical Stout||16D Foreign Extra Stout|
|17A British Strong Ale||17A1 Burton Ale||17B Old Ale|
|17C Wee Heavy||17D English Barleywine||18A Blonde Ale|
|18B American Pale Ale||19A American Amber Ale||19B California Common|
|19C American Brown Ale||20A American Porter||20B American Stout|
|20C Imperial Stout||21A American IPA||21B 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 IPA||22B American Strong Ale|
|22C American Barleywine||22D Wheatwine||23A Berliner Weisse|
|23B Flanders Red Ale||23C Oud Bruin||23D Lambic|
|23E Gueuze||23F Fruit Lambic||24A Witbier|
|24B Belgian Pale Ale||24C Biere de Garde||25A Belgian Blond Ale|
|25B Saison||25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale||26A Trappist Single|
|26B Belgian Dubbel||26C Belgian Tripel||26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale|
|27A Historical Beer||27A1 Gose||27A2 Piwo Grodziskie|
|27A3 Lichtenhainer||27A4 Roggenbier||27A5 Sahti|
|27A6 Kentucky Common||27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager||27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter|
|27A9 London Brown Ale||28A 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|
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2
Judging Session Locations and Dates
Best of Show
BOS finalists and category winners will be announced at end of judging at Terrestrial Brewing. BOS winner will be judged by a panel including professional judges.
The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.
Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.
Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.
Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site within 5 days of the event.
7524 Father Frascati, Cleveland, OH 44102
Saturday, June 3, 2023 4:30 PM, EDT