Once styles have been determined, members will be chosen to give a short presentation on each beer style two months in advance of each month’s style deadline. The first presentation will be given in November on the beer style that is to be brewed for January. These presentations should include a brief history of the style, its origin, typical ingredients and brewing techniques, and style guidelines.
A Style of the Month judging committee will be formed from among the membership to serve as judges for the next calendar year. A committee chairperson will be appointed by the Board of Directors. Members of the judging committee may enter beers in the Style of the Month Club competition and qualify to win the Brewer of the Year prize for that calendar year. The judging committee will taste each month’s style entries and determine by consensus (1) which entries can be considered true to that month’s style and (2) the top three beers for that month. In the event that a consensus cannot be reached, the committee chairperson will decide the outcome. Beers will be awarded points as follows:
First place beer: 5 points
Second place beer: 4 points
Third place beer: 3 points
All other beers that meet the style: 2 points
Each member who enters any Style of the Month Club contest will accumulate points throughout the year. The committee chair will keep track of the points as they accumulate throughout the year.
Only members in good standing of the Marquette Home Brewers may enter beers in the Style of the Month Club contest. No team entries will be accepted. All beers entered must be 100% home brewed by the member entering the beer, although any amount of help and/or advice given by other brewers is accepted and appropriate. Any method of brewing is appropriate for the Style of the Month Club contest.
Club members may choose to enter beers in as few or as many of the monthly styles as they wish, whether they are competing for Brewer of the Year or not. Multiple entries per member per month will be accepted but only one entry per member per month can be awarded points toward Brewer of the Year.
The committee will tally points at the December meeting. The winner will receive a Marquette Home Brewers Brewer of the Year trophy which will travel from brewer to brewer each year when there is a new winner. Names of each winner will be engraved on the trophy along with the year in which they were Brewer of the Year.
In order to enter a beer in the Style of the Month Club for any given month, brewers must turn in one (1) bottle at least twelve (12) oz. in size. An effort should be made to keep the beer as close to the recommended serving temperature as possible.
February: Gose (see BJCP 27—Historical Beers)
March: American Stout (BJCP 20B)
April: Brew With Coffee Challenge
May: Kolsch (BJCP 5B)
June: Schwarzbier (BJCP 8B)
August: Clone Challenge (commercial beer to be specified – same beer for all)
September: Adjunct Lager (BJCP 1A, 1B, 2A, etc)
October: English Dark Mild (BJCP 13A)
November: Wood Aged Beer (BJCP 33A or 33B)
December: Open Style Christmas Spiced Beer (BCJP 30C, Winter Seasonal Beer)
January Milk Stout
February Dortmunder Lager
March Robust Porter
April ??? Jill won
October Pumpkin Ale
November Wee Heavy
December Russian Imperial Stout
August Cream Ale
September California Common
November Oatmeal Stout
December Holiday Spiced Beer