Shamrock Open XVI

March 19, 2011

Sanctioned Competition Program (SCP) Registered

Registration is open February 1 - March 5

Registration is now CLOSED. Thanks everyone!

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

Competition Organizer - Aaron Miller
Judge Director - Walter Haulenbeek
Cellarmaster - Brian Sico
Steward Director - Frank Gillam
Registrar - Steve Winter
Raffle Director - Todd Wenzel


Entries will be accepted in all beer categories listed for the BJCP Style Guidelines (Categories 1-23).
Entries for Meads and Ciders (Categories 24-28) will not be accepted.
View the BJCP Style Guidelines

The 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines will be in effect for this competition.

Entry Deadline

Registration begins February 1, 2011.
Entry registration will be accepted through Saturday, March 5, 2011 We require all entries to be completed Online, click HERE (same form is used for beer, Judge, and Steward registration). All entries must be entered by that date in order to be eligible for judging.

  1. Entries may be hand carried/dropped off at American Brewmaster, 3021-5 Stoneybrook Dr. Raleigh, (919)-850-0095 up to 5 pm on Saturday March 5, no exceptions. Anything left at AB after that date and time will not be eligible for judging. There will be no further pick-up before the competition. Registered entries that are shipped need to be received at the alternate address no later than March 5.

  2. Entries can be shipped for delivery to American Brewmaster.or the alternate address (see addresses below).

  3. Pre-registered entries will be accepted at the CARBOY meeting on Wednesday February 23rd.

  4. No-shows will not receive a refund.

  5. There will be no out-of-town pickup this year. All entries must be shipped, dropped off at the CARBOY meeting, dropped off at one of the approved locations.

Entries should be shipped or dropped off at:

Shamrock Open
c/o American Brewmaster
3021-5 Stoneybrook Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27604

Shamrock Open
c/o Apex Beer Dispensary
103-A E Chatham St.
Apex, NC 27502

Alternate Address (shipping only):

Shamrock Open
c/o Dave Buning
212 Excalibur Court
Cary, NC 27513

Should consist of two (2) bottles for all categories except 10A (Am. Pale Ale), 14 (India Pale Ale) and 13 (Stout), which will require 3 bottles. Each with a completed bottle ID form attached by a rubber band, and accompanied by a completed entry form and payment.

Bottle Labels

Entry fee

$6 for each entry up to 6 entries; $10 for each entry above 6 entries.
For example, A person sending 6 entries will pay 6*$6 = $36
A person sending 8 entries will pay 6*$6 + 2*$10 = $56
No limit on entries. Please pay via the PayPal link when you register.


Each bottle must be plain glass, brown or green, 10 to 16 ounces in volume, and crown capped. Bottles and caps must be free of anything which is sufficiently unique that it could identify a brewer to a judge. This may include raised lettering, labels, unique bottle shapes or the like. No swing-top bottles. Bottle caps should have any distinguishing marks completely blacked out. (Use of brown, long-neck, 12 oz. bottles is encouraged but not required.) Bottles not meeting these guidelines will be disqualified, and ineligible for award. (They may be judged at the discretion of the competition organizers.) NOTE: Reusable containers, including "Carbonator" type devices CAN NOT be returned.


Please register to Judge or Steward online HERE.

*New this year!* Judging will take place at North Hills Club at 9 am on Saturday, March 19.
Every effort will be made to have all entries judged by qualified participants in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP).

North Hills Club is located at 4824 Yadkin Drive near Glenwood Avenue in west Raleigh (Glenwood Ave exit off 440, towards Crabtree Valley Mall). Map to North Hills Club

  1. Apprentice judges are welcome and will be paired with experienced judges.

  2. Judges and stewards will be our guests for lunch.

  3. Judge and steward experience points will be reported to the BJCP.

  4. Judges and stewards are expected to arrive not later than 8:30 am.

  5. Some categories may be condensed with categories of similar style for determining 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, at the organizers' discretion.

  6. 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.

  7. Bagels, coffee and juice will be served for breakfast. Sandwiches, chips, salads, beer, and soft drinks will be available for lunch.


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

Carolinas Brewer of the Year

This is the first competition in the series leading to the 2011 Carolinas Brewer of the Year award. The others being (in chronological order), the U.S. Open sponsored by the Carolina Brewmasters (May ??), Alcohol Through Fermentation (ATF) May Mead Madness (May ??), the DEA Challenge sponsored by the Down East Alers (June ??), the Blue Ridge Brew Off hosted by the Mountain Ale and Lager Tasters' (September ??), the TRUB Open sponsored by the TRiangle's Unabashed homeBrewers (??), the Battleground Brewers Guild's Skirmish in the Triad (November ??), and the Palmetto State Brewers' Open sponsored by the Palmetto State Brewers (December ??). Carolinas Brewer of the Year is awarded to the Carolinas homebrewer who receives the greatest number of points, earned by placing in the participating annual Carolina competitions. Contact the Shamrock organizers for more information or click here to view the CBoY rules.


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