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Account Registration

You can create your account today through Friday, December 16, 2022 11:59 PM, CST.

Judges and stewards may register now through Wednesday, March 1, 2023 6:00 PM, CST.

Entry Registration

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Thursday, December 1, 2022 12:00 PM, CST through Friday, December 16, 2022 11:59 PM, CST.


Entry Fees

$10.00 (USD) per entry. $0.00 for unlimited entries.


BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted

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 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 Pampeana
PRX2 IPA ArgentaPRX3 Italian Grape Ale PRX4 Catharina Sour
PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner  


Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 12 entries.

Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per subcategory.


Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Operation Fermentation will be limited to the first 500 paid beer entries. mead entries are limited to 100 and on a separate website.

  • There is a limit of one entry per sub-category per brewer, whether as a part of a team or individual. 
    • i.e. your name cannot be read twice for the same sub-category
  • Entrants are limited to 12 entries per brewer for beer, 6 for mead. This site is for Beer entry
    • Team entries count against the 12 entries for all brewers listed as team members. 
  • Each beer and entry for the competition must consist of four (4) bottles or cans.  
    • Entering 3 bottles/cans will disqualify the entry from being considered for Best of Show, however, the entry will still be considered for category medaling. 
  • To ensure anonymity of entries, all bottles/cans must meet the standard AHA national competition size requirements.
    • Bottles may be any color, but for maximum protection from light, brown is preferred.  
    • This year 12 or 16 ounce cans will be allowed. No marking allowed at all anywhere on the can
    • 333ml Belgian bottles with high pressure capacity will be allowed.
    • Bottles must be at least 10 ounces and no more than 14 ounces.
    • 187 ml champagne bottles and 8 oz cans are acceptable for meads only
    • Lettering and graphics on bottle caps must be obliterated with a permanent black marker.
    • Traditional "long-neck" style bottles are encouraged, while bottles with Grolsch-type swing tops and unusually shaped bottles are not allowed.
    • All bottles nd cans must be clean, and provided with a properly completed entry label attached by a rubber band. DO NOT TAPE OR GLUE TO AFFIX THE ENTRY LABELS TO THE BOTTLES. 
    • Bottles and Cans not meeting these requirements may be disqualified, with no refund for the entry.
  • No entries will be returned to the entrant at any point after submission to the competition.
  • All BJCP 2015 beer and mead categories will be judged independently per BJCP guidelines. 
    • There will be no consolidation of categories regardless of category entry count. 
    • Ciders will not be included in this years OpFerm.  
  • This competition qualifies for Lone Star Circuit points for 2022.

Commemorative electronic scoresheet fee: $10.00 per entry. 

Awards will be given for the Best of show Beer, Best of show Mead, as well as for the entrant with the highest total of accumulated Lone Star Circuit points (heavy medal).

If you are unsure of what to declare, consult the BJCP Style Guidelines (2015 version). You can view/download the guidelines at


Drop-Off Location

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Friday, December 16, 2022 12:00 AM, CST through Wednesday, January 4, 2023 5:00 PM, CST.

Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

Farm Boy Brew Shop
3814 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018
(832) 667-8081


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Friday, December 16, 2022 12:00 AM, CST through Wednesday, January 4, 2023 5:00 PM, CST.

Ship entries to:

Farm Boy Brew Shop, c.o. Operation Fermentation
3814 N. Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.


Judging Sessions and Dates

Competition judging dates are yet to be determined. Please check back later.

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):




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

Saturday, February 25, 2023 12:00 AM, 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.