Welcome to the website of Alabama’s first legal AHA/BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition, the Alabama Brew-Off! On October 3rd, 2015 the competition will be held for the 3rd time. To enter, click the Registration link on this site.

Birmingham Budweiser is the proud sponsor of the Alabama Brew-Off and will provide a cash prize of $1,000 to the winner of Best in Show, along with the opportunity for the winning beer to be brewed by a commercial craft brewery in Alabama.

Anyone interested in judging should contact Judge Director Tracy Hamilton by email at t_p_hamilton@yahoo.com. Judges may enter beers in the competition and bring their beers on the day of judging.

Important Dates:

August 24th – Online registration opens.
August 31st – Entries begin to be accepted at Birmingham Budweiser, 141 Industrial Dr., Birmingham, AL 35211.
September 18th – Last day that entries are accepted, and deadline for online registration.
October 3rd – Judging takes place.
Also October 3rd – Winners will be announced after the completion of judging.


Home brewing has long been a vibrant hobby in the state of Alabama. Unfortunately, until recently everyone participating in the hobby was considered a felon under Alabama law. While the law was seldom enforced, sporadic instances of enforcement made all the state’s home brewers nervous. After several years of grassroots effort, a ragtag group of home brewers calling themselves Right To Brew finally succeeded in getting a bill through the Alabama legislature in May of 2013. To celebrate this achievement and all brewing culture in Alabama, the Alabama Brew Off was organized as the first legal home brewing competition in Alabama, now in its third year.

Alabama Brew Off is sponsored by Birmingham Budweiser, an independent, family-owned beer wholesaler offering great craft beer to the citizens of North Alabama. Birmingham Budweiser’s portfolio includes great local breweries like Cahaba Brewing, Ghost Train, Back Forty Beer Company, Fairhope Brewing, Rocket Republic, Brew Stooges, and Black Warrior Brewing as well as national craft beer favorites like Great Divide, Avery Brewing, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Southern Tier, and many others.


FULL RULES HERE:  Alabama Brewoff Rules 2014

Online Registration Only. 2 Bottles required per entry. $5 fee per beer to enter. Checks should be made out to Birmingham Budweiser and can be mailed with entries. Be sure to rubber band bottle identification forms to your bottles.

Limit 10 entries per person and 275 300 total entries in the competition. This competition is for beer only. Mead and cider are excluded. We have added an extra day of judging and upped the limit by 25 entries!

ENTRY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 18. Online registration must be submitted by
11:59pm CDT July 18. Late entries will not be accepted.

NO LAST MINUTE CLASS CHANGES. If it’s not on the online entry submission, it will not be
judged. Processing fees are non-refundable.

DELIVERY OF ENTRIES: Entries must be received at Birmingham Budweiser, 141 Industrial Dr. Birmingham, AL 35211 between 8:00am CDT, Monday, June 30, and 4:00pm CDT, Friday, July 18. Entries may be mailed or dropped off in-person, but the beer must be received (not postmarked) by end of business on July 18. If dropping off in-person, entries will be accepted Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm, June 30 through July 18. No entries will be accepted the day of the competition (exceptions for judges). Entries will be refrigerated. Every precaution will be employed to ensure the proper handling of the entries before the competition.

JUDGING: Saturday, August 2. Judging may begin Friday evening, August 1 if necessary due to the number of entries.

Online Entry Registration at http://alabamabrewoff.com/#section-5


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