2020 CARBOY Shamrock Open XXV

2020 CARBOY Shamrock Open XXV

Saturday February 29, 2020

Another great competition!

Thank you to all the Judges, Stewards, Operations and Brewers for the 25th running of this event!

Shamrock XXV Results

Brewers Score Sheets have been mailed and are also available on the Registration Page

Best of Show

First Place – Mike Rousseau – LCL – Belgian Golden Strong Ale – Belgian Buzz

Second Place – Ken Hilton – DEA – Wild Specialty Beer – Jamaican Cherry Bitters

Third Place – Ken Hilton – DEA – Fruit and Spice Beer – BBLG

Any questions or concerns, contact the Registrar

Sanctioned Competition Program (SCP) Registered #207618

Entry RegistrationJudge / Steward Registration

* Judge/Steward sign up can be done with Beer Entry or separately

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older (No exceptions)

Please Patronize our Sponsors at the bottom of the page

Our fearless Competition leaders (left click on their name to send an email)

Competition Organizer – Steve Winter
Judge Director – Dave Buning
Cellarmaster – James Hopson
Steward Director – Keith Eisel
Registrar – Steve Winter
Raffle Director – Brian Mellor


  • Entries will be accepted in all beer categories listed for the BJCP Style Guidelines (Categories 1-34).
  • Entries for Meads and Ciders will not be accepted.
  • The 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines will be in effect for this competition … View the BJCP Style Guidelines


  • *** Limit reached 2/7/20 1700ET … Judge Pool not full … Registration closed ***
  • A limit of 350 entries is being considered for this year to ensure that the available Judge Pool can support the competition. When the 350 paid entry level is reached, the judge response will be evaluated and a decision made whether to close Registration early.
  • * Change (Jan 27 1400) … Individual entries will be limited to 12 … This complies with the Southeastern Homebrewers Association SHA By-Laws for competitions
  • Only one entry per subcategory allowed. (You can have one entry in 21A and one in 21B but you can’t have two in 21A or two in 21B)
  • Each Entry will consist of:
    • Completed on-line entry form
    • Entry fee submitted via PayPal
    • Two (2) bottles/cans
    • Completed Shamrock Competition Bottle ID form attached to the container by rubber band(s)
  • Entry Fee – $7 per entry … Paid via PayPal from the Registration Page with the Entry detail
  • Please wait to register your Entries until you are satisfied with the Category / Style of your Beer
  • Entries must be received/dropped off at one of the Drop-Off locations listed below by 5PM ET on Saturday February 15th. No exceptions. Anything dropped off after 5PM ET on Saturday February 15th will not be eligible for judging. There will be no further pick-ups from Drop-Offs prior to the competition
  • There will not be a pickup at the February CARBOY meeting on February 26th
  • There will be no formal out-of-town pickup this year. SHA Homebrew clubs (some clubs formally part of CBOY) may be coordinating collection and delivery. Check with your local club and have them contact the Shamrock Cellarmaster to streamline delivery
  • No entries will be accepted on the day of the competition
  • No-shows will not receive a refund

Drop Off Locations

Mark all packages on the shipping label with “c/o Shamrock Open XXV”

Atlantic Brew Supply
3709 Neil Street Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 400-9087

American Brewmaster
3021-5 Stoneybrook Dr. Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 850-0095

Bull City Homebrew
5410 NC HIGHWAY 55 STE AF, Durham, NC 27713
(919) 682-0300

**The Home brewer is transferring custody and liability of their Entry to the Homebrew Shop and subsequently to the Shamrock Competition, who will collect, transfer, store and deliver the Homebrew Entries to the competition.**

Bottle / Can Labels PDF Form


  • * Change (Jan 27 2200) – Cans will be accepted
  • Bottles must be plain brown or green glass, 10 to 16 ounces in volume, crown capped. Use of brown, long-neck, 12oz bottles is encouraged but not required
  • Cans must be plain aluminum, 12 to 16 ounces in volume
  • All entries will have no markings or unique identification, and will be labeled as described below
  • Bottles, cans and caps must be free of anything which is sufficiently unique that could identify a Brewer to a Judge. This may include raised lettering, labels, unique bottle shapes or the like. Bottle caps will have any distinguishing marks completely blacked out
  • No swing-top bottles
  • Reusable containers, including “Carbonator” type devices CAN NOT be returned.
  • Bottles/Cans not meeting these guidelines will be disqualified and ineligible for award. At the discretion of the Organizer, disqualified bottles/cans may be evaluated and scoresheets provided to the Brewer.

Bottle Labels – Each bottle/can will require a ‘Shamrock Open Bottle Label‘ … Save the form, open in Adobe to activate the editable fields… Attach the form to the bottle with a rubber band(s).


  • Register to Judge or Steward on the Registration Page
  • Every effort will be made to have all entries judged by qualified participants in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)
  • Judging will take place on Saturday, February 29th, at the North Hills Club, commencing at 9 am
  • North Hills Club  4824 Yadkin Drive, Raleigh NC 27609   www.northhillsclub.com  
  • Apprentice judges are welcome and will be paired with experienced judges
  • Judges and stewards will be our guests for lunch
  • Judge and steward experience points will be reported to the BJCP
  • Judges and stewards are expected to arrive and be ready no later than 8:30 am.
  • Some categories may be condensed with categories of similar style for determining 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, at the organizers’ discretion
  • Conversely, categories in which a large number of entries are received in each of several sub-categories may be expanded to determine ribbon winners and Best of Show entries
  • Bagels, coffee and juice will be served for breakfast; Sandwiches, chips, salads, beer, and soft drinks will be served for lunch


  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place beers in each category will receive a Shamrock Open XXV ribbon.
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Best of Show beers will receive a Shamrock Open XXV Best of Show ribbon.

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