COHO - 2024 Club Competition Schedule

BJCP 2021 Style Guidelines will be used for 2024 COHO BJCP Club Competitions

Beer Style  BJCP Style # Beer Submission Date  Suggested Brew Months 

Standard & Specialty Cider & Perry

(Cat C1, C2)

C1 A,B,C,D,E

C2 A,B,C,D,E,F

March 2nd, 2024  January - February
Strong European Beer (Cat 9) 9 A,B,C May 4th, 2024  February - April
Mega Michelada Challenge *2


July, 2024

(at the annual campout and river float) 

 May - June 

Hazy IPAs (Cat 21C)

21C August 3rd, 2024  June - July
Legends of Craft Beer Challenge *1 18B October 5th, 2024  August - September

*1 - This is a Best Skilled Brewer Challenge. Entrants will get a set of ingredients (details will follow) and be given the same recipe. One documented ingredient exception is allowed you can change either 1) Yeast or 2) Specialty Grains. Everything else must be the same (e.g. – tap water, base malts, hops).

*2 – Mega Michelada Challenge - Fun event that will be judged at our Summer River Float. Brew a simple lager/ale and add spicy/citrus flavors. Mexican Summer Beer Cocktail. No BJCP Category - People’s Choice Voting only with 1 extra point for best named entry.

To Enter: Deliver two (2) 12oz bottles and two (2) 22oz bottles of your beer to Pete Ostner or Bobby Guzman (contact info is in club newsletters) and pay the $5 entry fee either directly or to the club via Zelle (contact Bobby Guzman for information). Please attach a BJCP bottle ID form to each bottle with a rubber band, NOT tape. Please also submit a BJCP recipe/entry form. Thank you!

Additional Details for the COHO Brewer Of The Year (CBOTY) club competition can be found here: 2024 CBOTY  Information

COHO Club-Only Quarterly Club Competitions


To encourage club members to learn how to brew to BJCP Style Guidelines; to experience entering AHA sponsored competitions; to improve members' overall brewing skills, knowledge and experience; and most importantly to have fun brewing new and different beers.

Competition Guidelines:

  • There will be five competitions per year. The beer styles will be selected from the 2021 BJCP style guidelines.
  • Competitions are open only to COHO members in good standing.
  • Members may submit multiple entries for each quarterly comp, $5 per entry fee.
  • Submit 2 12-ounce bottles, and 2 22-ounces bottles (or 4 12-ounce bottles if unavoidable). All bottles shall have the BJCP bottle ID form rubberbanded to each bottle that you enter, along with the BJCP entry form for the beer.
  • All COHO brewers are encouraged to enter, whether they brew all-grain, extract, brew-in-a-bag, etc.
  • Each beer will be judged in three categories:
    1. People's Choice competition. At the COHO meeting following the entry date, the beers will be poured for all the club members to taste. Each club member will be given 5 beans (votes) to vote for their stylistically accurate beers. Voting will be anonymous.
    2. BJCP judged competition. COHO certified judges and judges in training will score the beers per BJCP guidelines using BJCP scoresheets; all entrants will received judges' scoresheets with feedback on their beer.
    3. Best named beer. Club members will vote for the best named beer at each competition. The winner receives 2 points. Club members will also vote for best named beer of the year, which awards 5 points.


  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons in both the People's Choice and the BJCP judged competitions will be given at each quarterly competition.
  • An annual award, COHO Brewer of the Year, will be awarded to the brewer who earns the most points during the year. These awards will be announced at the annual Holiday Party in December.
  • Points will be awarded to winners in both the People's Choice and the BJCP judged competitions, as well as for the best named beer at each quarterly competition, the River Float challenge, and for the best named beer of the year (5 points).
  • Points for BJCP judged competitions will be awarded as follows:
    • 10 points for 1st place
    • 9 points for 2nd place
    • 8 points for 3rd place
  • Points for People's Choice competition will be awarded as follows:
    • 5 points for 1st place
    • 4.5 points for 2nd place
    • 4 points for 3rd place
  • 10 bonus points will be awarded to participants to enter beer in each of the 5 competitions during the year.
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