Take a Walk on the Wildside….

wotw_logo_green_web-01 (2)Registration window: May 11, 2015 – June 5, 2015

Register your entries and sign up to judge at http://reggiebeer.com/ReggieEntry.php?CompetitionID=NTXJPN1000093

Volunteer to steward at http://www.specialhoperations.org/wildside-steward-sign-up/

Entries due by June 12, 2015

Judging Date: June 27, 2015


Walk On The Wildside

A Walk on the Wildside is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition  for sours and Brettanomyces beers (mead and ciders, too). The competition will use the World Beer Cup styles. All those sour beers that don’t fit the BJCP, no problem. That Brettanomyces beer, it has a home here.

The competition will combine WBC styles by their country of origin.  Categories will include Belgian, German, American and a Special/other category, not to mention a special category for Florida all on its own.  Where a BJCP style is available, those style guidelines will be used.  The four medal categories and the styles for each are:

Florida Weisse Challenge
99A. This is a Special Hoperations category made up of fruited Berliners (a.k.a. Florida Weisse). Based on the traditional German Berliner Weisse beer, the Florida Weisse is brewed with lots of fruit–particularly tropical fruit–rather than just simply having fruited syrup added to the glass when the beer is poured. The sweetness of the fruit should balance the acidity of the beer without becoming fruit juice.

WOTW 2015 Style Guidelines for complete description: WOTW Guidelines 2015

Category 1 – Belgian Style Sours:
WBC 59. Flanders Red Ale or Brown Ale/Oud Bruin
WBC 58A. Straight (Unblended) Lambic
WBC 58B. Gueuze
WBC 58C. Fruit Lambic
WBC 58D. Other Belgian Style Sour

Category 2 – German Style Sours:
WBC 49A. Berliner Weisse (unfruited)
WBC 49B. Leipzig-Style Gose
WBC 49C. Adambier

Category 3 – American Style Sours:
WBC 18A. Subcategory: American-Style Sour Ale
WBC 18B. Subcategory: Fruited American-Style Sour Ale
WBC 19. American-Style Brett

Category 4 – Other/Specialty Sours:
WBC 23A. Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
WBC 23B. Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
99B. (BJCP 23) Specialty Sours.  Other sour ales, lagers, meads and ciders that have used wild yeast and/or souring bacteria.


For World Beer Cup Style Guidelines click HERE.

All beer entries must be in 12 oz to 750 ml glass bottles. Raised NO DEPOSIT, or manufacturing codes are acceptable. Common brand raised lettering (e.g. Sam Adams or Bass) are acceptable. Beers with Grolsch-type swing tops are acceptable. Also 22 ounce bombers and 750 ml bottles are permitted. Corked and caged bottles are acceptable.  Crown capped and waxed bottles are also acceptable.   We understand that extra time and care went into making these beers and that you may have taken extra measures to ensure the longevity of these beers.  We accept the extra work that will be required to care for and store these different size bottles because we know the care that went into making and packaging these beers.  Beers will be poured blind so that bottle identification is not possible.

An entry consists of 2 bottles, despite the size of the bottles being submitted.  Each entry will cost $7. Paper entries will not be accepted. All entries must be entered via the online entry system. Make checks or money orders payable to Special Hoperations. Please place your checks in an envelope and attach to one of your entries with a rubber band. The online web entry can be be accessed here: (Opens May 11th). Online payment via Paypal can also be accepted via the online entry form. There is a cap of 200 entries in order to ensure that we carefully judge each entry to the best of our ability.

The on-line entry system will create a bottle identification page for each entry. Attach the completed bottle I.D. form to each bottle neck with a rubber band.  Bottle I.D. is easily lost when attached to body, please rubber band your I.D. to the neck of the bottle.  ENTRIES WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IF RUBBER BANDS ARE USED TO ATTACH BOTTLE IDs. NO TAPE OR GLUE WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Deadline for entry delivery is June 12, 2015. Entry window will open May 11, 2015 (http://reggiebeer.com/ReggieEntry.php?CompetitionID=NTXJPN1000093) . Judging and awards banquet will be June 27th at Coppertail Brewing Company. There will be a sour beer and food pairing dinner for the awards ceremony – tickets will need to be purchased in advance (TBA).

Drop-off Local Entries at:
Southern Brewing & Winemaking
4500 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 238-7800

Green Bench Brewing
1133 Baum Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 800-9836

Booth’s Brewing & Bar Supply
333 N Falkenburg Rd, Tampa, FL 33619
(877) 685-1909

Mail-in Entries to:

Jennifer Sedillo
5364 Black Pine Dr
Tampa, FL 33624

Contact wotw@specialhoperations.org with any questions.

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