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Account Registration

You can create your account today through Friday, March 1, 2024 3:00 PM, EST.

Judges and stewards may register now through Saturday, March 9, 2024 12:00 PM, EST.

Entry Registration

Entry registration is closed.


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kölsch5C German Helles Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Märzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock
9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter12A British Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA13A Dark Mild13B British Brown Ale
13C English Porter14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout17A British Strong Ale
17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barley Wine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA 21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA 21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA 21B7 Brut IPA
21C Hazy IPA22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 23G Gose
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Bière de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Belgian Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer 27A1 Kellerbier
27A2 Kentucky Common27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 London Brown Ale
27A5 Piwo Grodziskie27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A8 Roggenbier27A9 Sahti28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer 28C Wild Specialty Beer 28D Straight Sour Beer
29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29C Specialty Fruit Beer
29D Grape Ale 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 30D Specialty Spice Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Commercial Specialty Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer  


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

An Entry will consist of:

  • Entrant is from the United States. We are unable to accept entries from outside of the US
  • Completed on-line entry form
  • Entry fee submitted via PayPal
  • Two (2) Containers … bottles or cans (don’t mix container type for an Entry)
  • Completed Shamrock Open BOTTLE LABEL FORM, as printed from the Registration Page, attached to each container with a rubber band.
  • Received/dropped off at one of the listed Drop-Off locations by the Closing Date time deadline - please allow for transit time and HBS hours of operation. Late receipts will not be eligible for judging.

A cap of 300 entries will be monitored for Judge availability. It will be increased if sufficient Judge commitments are in hand.

Individual Brewers are limited to 12 Entries. This complies with the Southeastern Homebrewers Association SHA By-Laws for competitions.

Only one Entry per Style is permitted. [example: You can have one entry in 21A and one in 21C but you can’t have two in 21A or two in 21C].

Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified for a particular Style. See section 'INFO - BJCP 2021 Styles Accepted' for hyperlinked styles. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the Judges' scoring of the entry.

Container specs

  • 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, no extraneous markings.
  • All containers for an Entry must be the same.
  • All Entries will be free of 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.
  • The competition organizers are not responsible for a Brewer's mis-categorized entry, shipped entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

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


Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Friday, February 2, 2024 7:00 AM, EST through Friday, March 1, 2024 5:00 PM, EST.

Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

American Brewmaster
3021-5 Stony Brk Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604
*Check website for hours if dropping off in person.

Atlantic Brew Supply
3709 Neil St Raleigh NC 27607
(919) 670-4043
*Check website for hours if dropping off in person.

Bull City Homebrew
5410 NC HIGHWAY 55 STE AF, Durham, NC 27713
(919) 682-0300
*Check website for hours if dropping off in person.


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Friday, February 2, 2024 7:00 AM, EST through Friday, March 1, 2024 5:00 PM, EST.

Ship entries to:

Atlantic Brewing Supply c/o CARBOY Shamrock XXIX
3709 Neil Street Raleigh, NC 27607

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.


Judging Sessions

Morning session
Saturday, March 9, 2024 9:00 AM, EST

Afternoon session
Saturday, March 9, 2024 1:00 PM, EST


Best of Show

1st, 2nd & 3rd place Best of Show Entries will receive a Shamrock Open medal.

Four gold-medal winning homebrewers, from the beers advanced to the BOS round, will be offered the opportunity to brew their entry at a professional brewery. The breweries are Clouds Brewing in Raleigh, Hatchet Brewing Co. in Southern Pines, Bond Brothers Beer Co. in Cary, and Wild Dogs Brewing Co. in Sanford.

The winners will work with the head brewers to scale up their recipe and brew their beer on a commercial system and have it offered for sale on premises, and possibly other venues.

The entries selected will be announced within one week of the competition date and will be based not only on the quality of the entry, but also on its marketability and compatibility with the respective brewery's existing lineup.



1st, 2nd & 3rd place beers in each defined Category will receive a Shamrock Open medal.

First Place Entries will advance to the BOS judging Session.

Announcement of Winners will take place shortly after conclusion of the BOS Judging session.

Competiton Results will be published here and on the Carboy Club website as soon as possible after the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony.

Brewer Scoresheets will be available on the Brewer’s Account Page when the Competition Results are published.

Medals and Awards will be mailed as soon as possible following the conclusion of the competition.

Additional prizes may be awarded to at the discretion of the Shamrock Organizer.

You do not need to be present. 


Awards Ceremony

Cloud's Brewery
1233 Front St, Raleigh, NC 27609
Saturday, March 9, 2024 4:00 PM, EST