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Thank you for your interest in the Dominion Cup 2020 organized by James River Homebrewers, Richmond, VA.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the Dominion Cup 2020!

There are 101 registered entries and 72 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 1:32 AM, there are 97 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).


The Dominion Cup is the homebrew competition hosted by the James River Homebrewers every year. Although this competition has traditionally been quite large, we decided that due to the challenges faced by 2020, that we would focus on a smaller quality competition than trying to do something large. As a result, there are some things that are VERY different this year, so please read the rules carefully.

This year, all first round judging will be done via Zoom. See the volunteer section for more information on how that will work. The Best of Show round will be done in person, but limited to only those judging or staff involved.

We are limiting the total entries to 99. Due to the need for judges to get individual bottles for the first round, 3 bottles per entry must be submitted. There is a limit of 2 entries per person. The cost per entry is still $10. Note that you must pay for your entry in order to reserve your spot.

There will be no Mini Best of Show judging this year. This means that all of the beers for a virtual table will be judged by the same judge panel. As usual, some categories will be combined for the virtual table, but we also may need to split some categories across virtual tables if a large number of entries are submitted for that category. If categories are split, then it will be done randomly. Awards will be given based on their place at the table at which they are judged. Entries will be judged according to the category they were entered in accordance with the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

The competition will be open to all Beer Styles from the 2015 BJCP Guidelines, but no Mead or Cider will be judged this year.

Winners will be announced on the website and through social media after the Best of Show round is complete. Score sheets will be scanned into the website, but will not be delivered in person.

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Thursday Evening Judging
Online Zoom
Thursday, November 5, 2020 7:00 PM, EST

Friday Evening Judging Session
Online Zoom
Friday, November 6, 2020 7:00 PM, EST

Saturday Morning Session
Online Zoom
Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:00 AM, EST

Saturday Afternoon Session
Online Zoom
Saturday, November 7, 2020 1:00 PM, EST

Best Of Show
Saturday, November 14, 2020 12:00 PM, EST

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • William Spiesberger — Judge And Sponsor Coordinator
  • John Van Itallie — Website Coordinator
  • Steve White — Competition Coordinator


James River Homebrewers is proud to have the following sponsors for the Dominion Cup 2020.

Original Gravity
6118 Lakeside Ave Richmond, VA 23228
Original Gravity
Artisans Wine & Homebrew
13829 Village Place Drive Midlothian, VA 23114
Artisans Wine & Homebrew