Take a Walk on the Wild Side….

Registration window: May 11, 2015 – June 5, 2015

Entries due by June 12, 2015

Judging Date: June 27, 2015

We will be recruiting volunteers to help judge and steward, check back in April/May for details.

Walk On The Wildside

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

The competition will combine BJCP and 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.  Where BJCP does not have a style, the World Beer Cup Style descriptions will be used.  The four medal categories and the styles for each are:

Florida Weisse Challenge
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.

Category 1 – Belgian Style Sours:
BJCP 17B. Flanders Red Ale
BJCP 17C. Flanders Brown Ale/Oud Bruin
BJCP 17D. Straight (Unblended) Lambic
BJCP 17E. Gueuze
BJCP 17F. Fruit Lambic
WBC 58D. Other Belgian Style Sour

Category 2 – German Style Sours:
BJCP 17A. 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
98. (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.

For BJCP 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 1st). Online payment via Paypal can also be accepted via the online entry form.

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. Judging will be June 27th. Awards banquet TBD.

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

Mail-in Entries to:

Jennifer Sedillo
5364 Black Pine Dr
Tampa, FL 33624

Contact wotw@specialhoperations.org with any questions.

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