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2024 Tailspin Ale Fest Homebrew Competition

Hey LAGERS! Once again, we are hosting a BBOT competition for the Tailspin Ale Fest. The competition is free to all LAGERS club members. Non-members may also participate for a $27 fee per entrant (not entry), which covers the cost of a LAGERS membership.

Deadline to Enter

Start brewing soon! Entries are due to Apocalypse Brew Works between January 27 and February 2, 2024. The winner will be announced on February 3, after the BBOT competition.

Registration is now open. Please submit your entries (up to 3 entries per entrant) in the registration form.


The winner will brew their beer with brewmaster Leah Dienes (Apocalypse) on February 10th to be served as the signature beer for the 2024 Tailspin Ale Fest.

The placed winners will receive a ticket to the Ale Fest and special recognition at the event.

Entry Rules

Entries must be brewed to a gravity limit of 1.080.

Entries may not be brewed with:

  • Fruit: puree, whole fruit, etc.
  • Syrups: Belgian, treacle, molasses, honey, maple syrup, etc.
  • Wood: barrel, chips or spirals
  • No funky yeast: Brett, Lacto, Pedio, etc.
  • Whole vanilla beans

Entries may be brewed with:

  • Fruit: syrup flavorings only (see above)
  • Dry hops
  • Chocolate
  • Spices
  • Herbs
  • Philly Sour Yeast: Philly only (no traditional kettle sours)
  • Plain sugar (white, table)
  • Unique ingredients that do not conflict with above

Any type of beer may be submitted and does not have to conform to a BJCP style.

Entry Information

This is a bottle competition and brewers are limited to three unique entries.

Must submit two bottles per entry.

Must submit full recipe per entry to:

Attach a label to each bottle with:

  • Brewer Name
  • Brewer Contact
  • Entry name

Judging Format

The winners will be selected by a crew comprised of Apocalypse and Tailspin staff. Best beer on the table wins. Considerations such as difficulty, time to brew, and public interest will be made on top of the overall flavor, aroma, and appearance of the beer.

Due Date

Entries are due to Apocalypse Brew Works between January 27 and February 2, 2024.

Submit your entries to the registration form, and email your full recipe(s) to