Dominion Cup 2020 Info
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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 Lager||1B American Lager||1C Cream Ale|
|1D American Wheat Beer||2A International Pale Lager||2B International Amber Lager|
|2C International Dark Lager||3A Czech Pale Lager||3B Czech Premium Pale Lager|
|3C Czech Amber Lager||3D Czech Dark Lager||4A Munich Helles|
|4B Festbier||4C Helles Bock||5A German Leichtbier|
|5B Kolsch||5C German Exportbier||5D German Pils|
|6A Marzen||6B Rauchbier||6C Dunkels Bock|
|7A Vienna Lager||7B Altbier||7C Kellerbier|
|8A Munich Dunkel||8B Schwarzbier||9A Doppelbock|
|9B Eisbock||9C Baltic Porter||10A Weissbier|
|10B Dunkels Weissbier||10C Weizenbock||11A Ordinary Bitter|
|11B Best Bitter||11C Strong Bitter||12A English Golden Ale|
|12B Australian Sparkling Ale||12C English IPA||13A Dark Mild|
|13B English Brown Ale||13C English Porter||14A Scottish Light|
|14B Scottish Heavy||14C Scottish Export||15A Irish Red Ale|
|15B Irish Stout||15C Irish Extra Stout||16A Sweet Stout|
|16B Oatmeal Stout||16C Tropical Stout||16D Foreign Extra Stout|
|17A British Strong Ale||17A1 Burton Ale||17B Old Ale|
|17C Wee Heavy||17D English Barleywine||18A Blonde Ale|
|18B American Pale Ale||19A American Amber Ale||19B California Common|
|19C American Brown Ale||20A American Porter||20B American Stout|
|20C Imperial Stout||21A American IPA||21B 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 IPA||22B American Strong Ale|
|22C American Barleywine||22D Wheatwine||23A Berliner Weisse|
|23B Flanders Red Ale||23C Oud Bruin||23D Lambic|
|23E Gueuze||23F Fruit Lambic||24A Witbier|
|24B Belgian Pale Ale||24C Biere de Garde||25A Belgian Blond Ale|
|25B Saison||25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale||26A Trappist Single|
|26B Belgian Dubbel||26C Belgian Tripel||26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale|
|27A Historical Beer||27A1 Gose||27A2 Piwo Grodziskie|
|27A3 Lichtenhainer||27A4 Roggenbier||27A5 Sahti|
|27A6 Kentucky Common||27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager||27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter|
|27A9 London Brown Ale||28A 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
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.
Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:00 PM, EST