Thank you for your interest in the The Bluebonnet Brew-Off organized by The Bluebonnet Committee, Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, 4440 West John Carpenter Freeway in Irving TX.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your scoresheet fees online if you wish.

Entry Registration is Open

642 entries have been added to the system as of 2:50 PM, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

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Judge and Steward Registration is Open

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Official rules for the Bluebonnet Brew-off can be found at  In case of descrepency, the information there superseeds the information found in this entry registration system.

This is an AHA sanctioned contest open to all homebrewers throughout the World. The competition is restricted to non-commercial home-brewed beer. Beers produced on the premises of commercial brewers including Full Service brew-on-premises establishments are not eligible.

Entries for the competition can be made either as an Individual and/or as a Team. Noting same, entries will be limited to a total of 20 entries per homebrewer (i.e. 15 Individual entries would allow for 5 more as a member of a team/different teams). The BBO web is designed to have you choose between a Team entry or an Individual entry for each of your homebrewed entries. Further, Entrants will be limited to 1 (One) entry per Sub-Category (or entire Category if there are no sub-categories). An entrant may enter a category both as an Individual and as a Team however you cannot have an entry as an Individual and a Team in the same sub-category; you can only have your name listed once in a sub-category.
The Bluebonnet Brew-Off will be limited to the first 1,525 accepted entries.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.


In addition to special entry instructions listed in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines, the following categories have additional requirements for the 2018 Bluebonnet Brew-Off:

7C – Kellerbier – The brewer must specify whether the entry is a Pale, Amber or any other Kellerbier (See 2015 BJCP Guidelines for additional information)

24 – Specialty IPA – Any category of beer declared as an IPA including ones listed plus any fruit, spice, smoke, alternate grains or sugars, etc. If it has IPA or India Pale Ale in the comments then it goes here. Brewers may enter only one (1) Specialty IPA. Please review the style guidelines for additional entry instructions.

29 – Saison – The entrant must specify the strength (table, standard, super) and the color (pale, dark). (See 2015 BJCP Guidelines for additional information)

32-A – SHV- See 2015 BJCP Guidelines. Any beer listing coffee, chocolate, peppers, spices or herbs. This includes any beer with the word “nut” (such as peanut or coconut) and/or peppers. This category is for entries that do not include pumpkin pie spices or mulling or Christmas spices.
Examples include Habanero Porter, Peanut Butter Stout, Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, Roasted Hemp Heart Stout, Myrtle ESB, English IPA with Red Hots and Hibiscus Petals, Lavender Wheat, Chocolate Chipotle Stout, Chocolate Porter, Coffee Brown Ale, and Chocolate Mint Stout.
Beers with spices which also contain fruit such as a Cherry Chocolate Stout should be entered under 31B Fruit & Spice Beer.
Beers with Coffee and/or Chocolate which also contain pumpkin should be entered under 33A Autumn Seasonal

33A – Autumn Seasonal – Any beer that suggest cool weather and the autumn harvest season, and may include pumpkin or other squashes, and the associated spices, specifically cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. For Bluebonnet, any variety of pumpkin beer should be entered here regardless of any other ingredients. Examples include Chocolate Pumpkin Stout, Pumpkin Amber Ale, Squash Pilsner, and Pumpkin Vienna Lager.

33B – Winter Seasonal – Any beer that suggests cold weather and the Christmas holiday season, and may include holiday spices, specialty sugars, and other products that are reminiscent of mulling spices or Christmas holiday desserts, specifically nutmeg, cardamom, and allspice. Examples include Holiday Cookie Stout, Nutmeg Brown Ale and other traditionally accepted Christmas beers which use spicy, piney or woody hops in a different manor than the classic style such as Anchor Christmas Ale or Breckenridge Christmas Ale


Category 35 (BJCP 33) Wood Beer - If wood is declared, regardless of any other added ingredients or processes, the beer must be entered into either Wood Aged or Specialty Wood Aged. THIS CATEGORY SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR BASE STYLES WHERE WOOD-AGING IS A FUNDEMENTAL REQUIREMENT FOR THE STYLE (e.g., Flanders Red, Lambic, etc.).  This category should not be used for Wood Aged American Wild Ales, these should be entered into one of the American Wild Ale categories and declare wood or specialty wood used. 
Examples: Oak Aged Imperial Stout with Blueberries and Vanilla - enter under Wood Aged; Bourbon Barrel Stout with Brett and Raspberries and Vanilla - enter under Wild Specialty Beer.

37A – Alternative Grain Beer – any standard (classic style or not) beer that includes rye, oats, buckwheat, spelt, millet, sorghum, rice, etc. Examples include Rye Pale Ale, Oatmeal Pale Ale, Sorghum beer, etc. This category should not be used for Rye IPA which should be entered in category 24. This category should not be used for non-standard styles (Bluebonnet categories 31-36 & 38).

37B – Alternative Sugar Beers – any standard (classic style or not) beer that includes honey, brown sugar, invert sugar, molasses, treacle, maple syrup, sorghum, etc. Examples include Honey Wheat, Brown Sugar Brown Ale. This category should not be used for non-standard styles (Bluebonnet categories 31-36 & 38).

38D - Historical Beer - Any of the BJCP listed subcategories of historical beers (Gose, Kentucky Common, Lichtenhainer, London Brown, Piwo Grodziskie, Pre-Prohibition Porter, Roggenbier, Sahiti or Pre-Prohibition Lager). If a non-listed style is entered then the brewer must declare the primary characteristics of the style. Brewers may enter only one (1) Historical Beer.


Competition Official

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Brad Bervin — Competition Coordinator