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British Beerfest Competition

Start brewing NOW for the 15th annual SODZ British Beerfest Competition.


March 24th 2018, judging will start @ 9 a.m.

If you are helping out as either a judge or steward please show up at 8am. Please note attendance to competition is limited to only those who are judging, stewarding or participating. If you aren’t doing either and would like to show up and say hi feel free to stop by after 1pm.


Seventh Son Brewing
1101 N 4th St  Columbus, OH
Columbus, Ohio 43201


The competition is open to all non-commercial, home-produced beers, meads and ciders. Please enter as many categories and as often as you wish. Competition organizers, sponsors, judges, and stewards may enter the competition but will not be permitted to judge or steward any category that they have entries in.


The SODZ British Beerfest will accept entries from the following BJCP styles (Please note: some categories may be combined with related categories for the purpose of awarding prizes). We will be utilizing the 2015 Style Guidelines this year, but will accept all of the styles that we have in the past. Starting next year, we will begin phasing out styles whose origins are outside of the UK and Ireland according to the 2015 guidelines.


Category (2015) Description
11 British Bitter (all subcategories)
12A British Golden Ale
12C English IPA
13 Brown British Beer (all subcategories)
14 Scottish Ale (all subcategories)
15 Irish Beer (all subcategories)
16 Dark British Beer (all subcategories)
17 Strong British Ale (all subcategories)
20C Imperial Stout
27/34 UK Specialty/Historical Beer (London Brown Ale)
M1-M4 All Meads
C1B English Cider
C1E Traditional Perry
C2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C Applewine
C2D Ice Cider
C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices


Specialty Cider/Perry

American IPA (Lucci)


All entries must be pre-registered online by Saturday, March 10th, 2017 at 11:59 PM, EST. Registration Site

Call for Judges and Stewards

Judges/Stewards are invited and encouraged to join us. The competition is BJCP-sanctioned, and BJCP points will be awarded for both judges and stewards.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up at Judges/Stewards Registration. If you have any questions about judging or stewarding for this competition, please contact our Competition Coordinator, Ryan Torres at

Awards: Medals will be awarded for first, second, and third place for each category (to be determined based on the numbers of entries in each style, etc.). In addition, there will be individual awards given to the “Best British Beer” (BOS). Meads and Ciders will not be eligible for “Best British Beer;” however, a separate award will be designated for the best Mead and/or Cider.


Our sponsors this year are Muntons and Seventh Son Brewing.

Interested in sponsoring BBF? SODZ is an active central Ohio homebrew club with meetings every third Monday of the month from September – May. Our meetings average over 50 people and our network includes over 200 passionate craft beer advocates.

Additional Information

For more information, please feel free to contact our Competition Coordinator, Richard Sheppard at