The Covert Hops Society of Atlanta, Georgia Proudly Presents the:
Covert Hops Society
24th Annual Peach State Brew Off
Saturday February 25, 2017
Location: Our Way Café
American Homebrewer Association
Covert Hops Society

Our Way Café
2831 E College Ave
Avondale Estates, GA  30307
Phone: 404-292-9356

Click here for Google Maps to Our Way Café.

Special Thanks to all of our Sponsors
Important Dates/Times

Registration Start – Saturday January 7, 2017
Registration Ends – Saturday January 28, 2017 at 6 PM
Entry Receipt Deadline – Saturday January 28, 2017 at CoB for drop-off/shipping locations
Preliminary Judging – Time TBA, Dates subject to change
     Session 1 – Saturday February 4, 2017
     Session 2 – Saturday February 11, 2017
     Session 3 – Saturday February 18, 2017
     Session 4 – Wednesday February 22, 2017
Competition Judging – Saturday February 25, 2017, check-in at 8 AM
Awards and Raffle – Saturday February 25, 2017 at 1 PM

Judging will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Saturday February 25, 2017. Registration will start at 8 AM — please be on time. Preliminary judging will be scheduled depending on the number of entries and judge availability. Late entries and walk-ins will only be accepted by decision of the Organizer.
Judges and Stewards are urged to indicate their offer through the Registration site, along with which sessions are of interest.
Entry deadline is 6 PM on Saturday January 28, 2017.

The competition is limited to 450 Paid Entries.
Please be aware that an entry might be registered but still not qualify for the competition because payment was not completed before the competition limit was reached.

Joe McCusker & Robert Hubbard
Judge Coordinator
Richard Force
Head Steward
Ashely Boling
Young Martin
Prize Coordinator
Ryan Collier
Cellar Master
Aaron Szerlip
People's Choice
Scott Lathrop

This Event will be sanctioned by the AHA and judged using the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Detailed style descriptions may be found on the BJCP webpage. Entries will be accepted in all categories this year with a separate Best of Show for Cider/Mead.

Entrants may enter up to 8 beers as they like but are restricted to one entry per sub-category. Entrants are responsible for placing their beer in the proper category. No entry will be reclassified. Some categories may be combined at the organizer's discretion. Entries in combined categories will be judged according to the style originally indicated by the brewer.

We are proud to be a part of the MidSouth Series which is Mid-South Homebrewer of the Year and Club of the Year. This will be the second competition of the 2016 series.
We also participate in the Georgia Brewer of the Year (GBOY).

Those interested in being a volunteer judge or steward should indicate the offer on the Registration site, along with which sessions are of interest. Judges are also asked to indicate if a hard-copy of the Style Guidelines would be needed. If you plan to use an electronic copy of the Style Guidelines, please mark no hard-copy needed in order to reduce the number of Style Guidelines that need to be printed. Save a tree.
Volunteers are needed for all of the preliminary judging sessions as well as on the day of the competition. Lunch or Dinner will be provided for judges and stewards, coffee and donuts/bagels will be provided the morning of the competition.

Judges for the Peach State Brew Off cannot judge in any category they have entered.
Stewards for the Peach State Brew Off cannot steward in any category they have entered.
BJCP Points will be awarded to judges and stewards through the BJCP Organization according to their guidelines.

Any questions about judging should be directed to the Judge Coordinator, Richard Force.
Any questions about stewarding should be directed to the Head Steward, Ashley Boling.
Any questions about the People's Choice Award should be directed to Scott Lathrop.
All other inquiries should be directed to the Organizer, Joe McCusker & Robert Hubbard.

The Peach State Brew Off is open to all homebrewers regardless of their location. Beers brewed by two or more individuals must list the names of all involved. No commercially brewed entries will be accepted.

Entry fee is $10 per entry. Brewers will be limited to 8 entries. The entry limit of group brewers are considered separate from the limits of individual brewers. Each entry must consist of two (2) food safe containers that hold a minimum of 10 ounces (296 ml) by volume. The container must be no more than 2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter and no more than 9 inches (23 cm) in height, to ensure that they will fit in standard longneck case box slot. The container must be free of ink, paint, or paper labeling other than the competition entry label. Any lettering or graphics on the cap must be obliterated with a permanent marker. Entry labels must be securely attached to each bottle with a rubber band. Labels that are taped or glued to the bottle will be disqualified. Entry fees for disqualified entries will not be returned — please follow the instructions. Payment can only be made through PayPal.

Entries will be accepted at the drop-off/shipping locations from Saturday January 7, 2017 to Saturday January 28, 2017. No entries will be accepted at drop-off/shipping locations after January 28th, 2017. Walk-in entries will only be accepted at the sole discretion of the Organizer and only with prior arrangement. Late entries will not be returned.

All entries must be registered through the online registration site. The Online entry registration is available from January 7, 2017 through January 28, 2017.

Entries can be dropped off at the following locations.
Brew Depot 10595 Old Alabama Cnctr Rd #10 Alpharetta, GA 30022 770-645-1777 Google Maps
Gravity Craft & Homebrew Supply 1136 Dogwood Dr SE Conyers, GA 30012 770-672-5118 Google Maps
Operation Homebrew 1142 Athens Highway Grayson, GA 30017 770-638-8383 Google Maps
Schoolhouse Beer & Brewing 800 Whitlock Ave Suite 137 Marietta, GA 30064 770-361-5247 Google Maps
Wine Workshop & Brew Center 627 East College Avenue Decatur, GA 30030 404-228-5211 Google Maps

Entries can be shipped to the following location.
Covert Hops Society Attn: Ryan Collier 2112 Starfire Drive NE Atlanta, GA 30345
People's Choice

The Leather Tongue Weasel Song People's Choice will be conducted during the Awards Ceremony and Raffle. There is no separate entry fee to be considered for this event. There are no style guidelines to adhere to. Just print out the Transport Permit Label and attach it to the keg.

To enter, bring a keg, or several bottles, just make sure to bring enough for everyone to get a sample. No advance registration is necessary, but a permit label is required. The Transport Permit Label is now available for download. Entries will be accepted on the day of the competition only. If you bring a keg, please remember to provide a gas source and a tap. There should be no expectation of having any equipment available unless prior arrangements have been made.

The winner will be selected by popular vote from the people attending the Award Ceremony and Raffle. Winner will receive a commemorative plaque acknowledging the accomplishment.

Last year was great, but no reason not to make it better. This year, let's ramp it up!
Make it crazy, or make it sane. Pull out the special kegs!!!

Results will be announced at 1:00 PM on Saturday February 25, 2017 at Our Way Café.
Medals will be presented to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each flight during the Awards Ceremony in conjunction with the Raffle while the Best-of-Show session is being conducted. Some BJCP categories may be split or combined depending on the number of entries received in each category.

The Ale Grail is presented to the Georgia Homebrew Club with the highest point total. In the case of a points tie, the Ale Grail will be presented to the club with the most first place entries.

Best of Show Awards

First Place Best of Show receives a commemorative plaque and a hand-made commemorative chalice.

Second Place Best of Show receives a commemorative plaque and a hand-made commemorative chalice.

Third Place Best of Show receives a commemorative plaque and a hand-made commemorative chalice.

First Place Mead/Cider Best of Show receives a commemorative plaque.

People's Choice Award will receive a commemorative plaque.
  1st-2nd-3rd Place Medals

We will make every effort to post the results at the Covert Hops registration site on the day of the event.

Score Sheets will be available for download from the site shortly after that. An email will be sent to the registered email address when the score sheets are posted to the registration site.