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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.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Session Locations and Dates

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

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

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

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

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


Best of Show

First, second, and third place Best of Show medals will be awarded this year. The first place will receive their name on coveted Dominion Cup. Limited additional prize packages will also be awarded to the BOS winners.



Winners will be announced on the website and through social media after the Best of Show round is complete.

Medals and Prize packages will be awarded to the top 3 entries for each table. The top beer from each virtual table will go to the best of show round. Additional medals and prize packages will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place best of show beers. We will work to arrange pickup locations for medals and prizes in the local area. Shipping will be provided for non-local winners.

Due to the limited competition size, we will not be awarding the Plato Award this year. Also, due to the economic pressures on our favorite small business and local brewers, we will be limiting what we are asking for donations, so expect the prize packages to be smaller than usual.


Awards Ceremony

Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:00 PM, EST