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1st Annual Bluenose Beer Competition

Competition is open to the public and to members of Bluenose Gopher Brewery.

Winners will be announced on Saturday, June 27th, during Bluenose Gopher Brewery's first Cooperative Annual Meeting. 

There is no cost for entry.

You must be 21 years or older to enter.

A maximum of 3 entries are allowed per person (or team consisting of no more than 2 individuals). If a person enters as both an individual and a team, they may claim credit for no more than 3 total entries.

Entries must be received as 2 bottles, each having a size between 10-oz to 32-oz. Exterior of bottles must be free any labels (ink, paper, or otherwise) other than the competition entry label. Any lettering or graphics on the cap must be removed or covered with permanent black marker.

The competition categories are as follows: 􏰀

  • Lager
  • Light Ale
  • Dark Ale

One winner will be announced for each category. There will be no Best in Show awarded.

Only beer will be accepted, and must be one of the styles listed on the attached BJCP styles list. No wines, meads, ciders, etc, will be accepted.

The beer must be home brewed to enter. No entries brewed at commercial facilities will be accepted.

Entries must be identified as a specific style per the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines, and will be judged by this criteria. See attached for a list of each acceptable beer styles and recommended competition category.

Lagers must be entered into the Lager category, and Ales must be entered into one of the two Ale categories. Due to the broad range of acceptable colors for many styles of ales, the entrant may decide which category is most suitable for their particular beer. Each beer may only be entered into a single competition category. 

Submission of entries will begin starting on Saturday, June 13, and will be accepted up to, but no later than, Sunday, June 21. Submissions will not be accepted before or after this designated timeframe. No late (or early) entries will be accepted. 

Each entry must be submitted with a BGB Competition Entry Label. Use a rubber band to attach the labels with the entrant name/contact information/style/entry number to the bottles. The use of tape or glue to attach forms is NOT acceptable.

  • 􏰀  Competition Category (e.g. Lager, Light Ale, Dark Ale)

  • 􏰀  BJCP Category (e.g. German Wheat and Rye Ale)

  • 􏰀  BJCP Style (e.g. Dunkelweizen)

  • 􏰀  BJCP Style Number (e.g. 15B - see attached table)

  • Brewer Contact Information

No entries will be returned whether received late or otherwise. All entries become property of Bluenose Gopher Brewery.

Click here for the Entry Label and list of categories.

The following persons and locations are designated Entry Submission Stations:

􏰀Location 1 - Granite Falls, MN
Drop-off Tuesday through Saturday. Preferred time 9 am - 1 pm, or by appointment.

Contact: Mary Gillespie
Phone: 320-564-4039
Location: Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce, 807 Prentice Street, Granite Falls, MN, 56241

􏰀Location 2 - Marshall, MN
Drop-off after 5:00 pm. Contact ahead of time by text message at phone number listed below.

Contact: Tom Reynolds
Phone: 507-829-0808
Location: Personal Residence, 117 G Street, Marshall, MN, 56258

For additional questions, contact: Tim Beckmann at or call him at 320-226-4529 

Earlier Event: June 21
Brewing Community Through History
Later Event: June 27
1st Annual Meeting