Forest City Brewers host a homebrew contest at club monthly meetings, with a different featured style chosen for each month. The contest is judged during a blind sampling taste test by those in attendance, and points and prizes are awarded to the winners. Monthly points are compiled to determine the Forest City Brewer’s “Homebrewer of the Year” awards. Check out our RECIPES page for starting points.

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(This helps the beer stewards and making a smooth check in)

Provide the following information per entry :
First and Last Name
Style or Open
(NOTE: limit one entry per table per member)

OPEN TABLE Guidelines:

In order for your entry to be voted on and competition points awarded your entry must have the following:

  • List the Style and BJCP Guideline # for the beer/mead/cider submitted
  • Basic recipe paper/card should list-  grains, adjuncts, hops and yeast used (or full recipes)
  • 1 Entry per person
    NOT ALLOWED: Group blended or group barrel beers
    ALLOWED: Brewers Guilds or partner brewing (only one brewer may receive points)

2022 MONTHLY Styles 

(per 2015 BJCP Guidelines)

  • January:  Cider (any style)
  • February:  19A American Amber Ale
  • March:  15C Irish Extra Stout
  • April:  27 Roggenbier
  • May:  34A Clone – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • June:  25A Belgian Blonde
  • July:  12B Australian Sparkling Ale
  • August:  Fruit Beer Challenge (any fruit)
  • September:  Kviek Yeast Strain Challenge
  • October:  10B Dunkles Weissbier
  • November:  9C Baltic Porter
  • December:  34A Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged
  • (January 2023: 17D English Barley Wine)

2021 MONTHLY Styles

Due to the unpredictable nature of the times, the FCB officers have made the decision to temporarily set aside the monthly style contest. There will still be a monthly open table contest as long as there are in person meetings. So keep the homebrew coming!

2020 MONTHLY Styles 

(per 2015 BJCP Guidelines)

  • January:  22A – Double IPA
  • February:  Brown Ale Kit Challenge – Everybody gets the same ingredients, in a pre-packaged kit, and brews the best brown ale they can. (Kit available for purchase at 815 Gardens & Brewing)
  • March:  18A – Blonde Ale
  • April:  CANCELLED [19B – California Common (Anchor Steam Clone Beer)]
  • May:  CANCELLED [26C – Belgian Tripel]
  • June:  CANCELLED [31A – Alternative Grain Beer (Buckwheat, Spelt, Millet, Sorghum, Rice, Rye, Oats, Etc)]
  • July:  CANCELLED [12C – English IPA]
  • August:  CANCELLED [Fruit Beer Challenge (Raspberry) – Any style of beer is acceptable, but raspberries must be included.]
  • September:  18B – American Pale Ale
  • October:  6A – Märzen (Oktoberfest)
  • November:  Spice Beer Challenge (Vanilla) –  Any style of beer is acceptable, but vanilla must be included.
  • December:  20C – Imperial Stout

2019 MONTHLY Styles 

(per 2015 BJCP Guidelines)

  • January –  16A Milk Stout
  • February –  21B Black IPA
  • March – 15A Irish Red
  • April- Brut Ipa [21B Specialty IPA – must be not more than 7% ABV and 30 IBU
  • May – 5B Kölsch
  • June – Clone “Gumballhead – 3 Floyds” [1D American Wheat]
  • July – 25B Saison
  • August –Clone “Blue Moon” [24A Witbier]
  • September – 34C Experimental Beer
  • October – 16B Oatmeal Stout
  • November – 8A Munich Dunkel
  • December – 33A Wood Aged Beer