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2/21/2023 UPDATE:  Awards Ceremony is Feb 25, 2023, To attend in person, please CLICK HERE

A livestream will be at THIS LINK for those who cannot attend

11/30/2022 IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Please note the entry limits have been changed for the amateur mead/beer sites to 12 total entries across mead and beer.  This will be manually cross checked to confirm no single entrant exceeds this maximum.   If you exceed this limit you will be asked to reduce your entry count to 12 total or have entries randomly removed to the 12 limit by the competition organizers. 

Competition total maximums for Beer will remain 500 entries, and meads will be increased to 200 total entries to allow for similar table entry counts across both sites.  

This is the Operation Fermentation Amateur Beer Entry Site only. 

To Enter your Meads into Operation Fermentation See Below
Amateur Meadmakers: CLICK HERE
Professional Meadmakers: CLICK HERE

Operation Fermentation is rated as the 3rd best competition in the USA by the Master Homebrewer Program.  Entry into this competition as competitive as the event itself due to the highly coveted Gold Medal Goblets.  Entry typically fills in less than 2 hours after registration open so mark your calendars, set an alarm and do not delay registering.  You registration is not complete and your slots not held until your have paid for your entries.  

  • This competition is open to all homebrewers.
  • The competition is restricted to non-commercial and home-brewed beers and meads. "Homebrewed" means that entrants cannot brew the beer using any equipment from a production brewery/meadery or produced using ingredients provided by a professional brewer/brewery/meadery/cidery/winery.
  • Homebrewers who have applied for a business license for a brewery/meadery, or currently own a license for production of beer/wine/cider/mead are not qualified to enter as a homebrewer. The organizers encourage those who are disqualified to enter as Homebrewers to enter the Professional competition.
  • 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 restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.
  • Minimum score requirements for medalling:
    • 27 for bronze, 30 for silver, 33 for gold minimum
  • See additional Rules in the "Info" Link above

Every first place winner from every category will receive a custom goblet with the Operation Fermentation IX logo embossed and the description of the beer/mead category.

Opferm Goblet Award


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

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 Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A British 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 British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B 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 IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Specialty 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 C1A New World Cider C1B English Cider
C1C French Cider C1D New World Perry C1E Traditional Perry
C2A New England Cider C2B Cider with Other Fruit C2C Applewine
C2D Ice Cider C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices C2F Specialty Cider/Perry
M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead M1C Sweet Mead
M2A Cyser M2B Pyment M2C Berry Mead
M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel M3A Fruit and Spice Mead
M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead M4A Braggot M4B Historical Mead
M4C Experimental Mead PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA Argenta
PRX3 Italian Grape Ale PRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Judging Sessions and Dates

Entry modification deadline
Wednesday, January 4, 2023 12:00 AM, CST


Best of Show

Best of Show will be awarded for best beer, and best mead.

The winner of the following categories will earn the right to brew with the sponsoring breweries/meaderies (Pro-Am):



Homebrewing Conference and Awards Ceremony is February 25th.  Link for attending as a Temporary Member is HERE


The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.  The same philosophy applies for all Mead categories


Awards Ceremony

Aloft Houston Katy Mills
25330 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77494
Saturday, February 25, 2023 10:00 PM, CST


Circuit Qualification

This competition earns medalling brewers points towards the 2023 Circuit of America. 


This competition is the first competition within the Lone Star Circuit.