Account Registration

You can create your account today through Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM, CST.

Judges and stewards may register now through Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00 AM, CST.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM, CST.

Entry Fees

$8.00 (USD) per entry.

BJCP 2015 Categories Accepted

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 Weizenbock11A 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 English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental Beer35A Menace of the Monastery (MoM) (Custom Style)
36A MoM Doppelbock (9A) (Custom Style)37A MoM Eisbock (9B) (Custom Style)38A MoM Belgian Pale Ale (24B) (Custom Style)
39A MoM Belgian Blond Ale (25A) (Custom Style)40A MoM Belgian Golden Strong Ale (25C) (Custom Style)41A MoM Trappist Single (26A) (Custom Style)
42A MoM Belgian Dubbel (26B) (Custom Style)43A MoM Belgian Trippel (26C) (Custom Style)44A MoM Belgian Dark Strong Ale (26D) (Custom Style)
C1A New World CiderC1B English CiderC1C French Cider
C1D New World PerryC1E Traditional PerryC2A New England Cider
C2B Cider with Other FruitC2C ApplewineC2D Ice Cider
C2E Cider with Herbs/SpicesC2F Specialty Cider/PerryM1A Dry Mead
M1B Semi-Sweet MeadM1C Sweet MeadM2A Cyser
M2B PymentM2C Berry MeadM2D Stone Fruit Mead
M2E MelomelM3A Fruit and Spice MeadM3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead
M4A BraggotM4B Historical MeadM4C Experimental Mead

Entry Limit

There is a limit of 800 entries for this competition.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per sub-category .

Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

Entry Acceptance Rules

Bottles must be free of labels or other identifying marks. Two 10oz. to 14oz. brown or green bottles with crown caps are required for each entry. No swing tops, please. Please refrain from using commercial bottles with raised glass or other identifying marks. These rules are in place to keep all entries anonymous. A bottle label form must be attached to each bottle with a rubber band. No tape, please.

Unless requested, recipe information including ingredients, gravity details, brewing techniques are NOT required.

All entries become the property of the Urban Knaves of Grain (UKG) and will not be returned to the brewer.

When registering online at http://knaves.org/DMC/challenge, you will be able to print your bottle labels only after entries are marked paid in the system.

This competition will be limited to the first 800 entries received. After 800 entries, the registration system will be closed and additional entries will only be allowed when entrants remove their unused entries.

Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM, CST through Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM, CST.

Alter Brewing (Special Location During UKG Monthly Meeting)
2300 Wisconsin Ave Ste 213, Downers Grove, IL 60515
630.541.9558
*This location will only be available on February 28th during the UKG meeting from 7:30-9:30pm

Brew & Grow - Bolingbrook
181 W Crossroads Parkway, Bolingbrook, IL, 60440
630-771-1410
*Drop-off deadline for this location is 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd

Brew & Grow - Chicago (North)
3625 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL,60618
773-463-7430
*Drop-off deadline for this location is 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd

Brew & Grow - Roselle
359 W Irving Park Rd, Roselle, IL, 60172
630-894-4885
*Drop-off deadline for this location is 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd

Chicago Brew Werks
14903 S Center St #107, Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 531-5557
*Drop-off deadline for this location is 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd

Chicagoland Winemakers
689 W. North Avenue, Elmhurst, IL
(630) 834-0507
*Drop-off deadline for this location is 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd

Perfect Brewing Supply
619 E Park Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048
847-816-7055
*Dropoff deadline for this location is 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd

The Home Brew Shop
225 W. Main Street, St Charles, IL
(630) 377-1338
*Drop-off deadline for this location is 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd

What's Brewing? Supply
335 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL
(847) 359-BREW
*Drop-off deadline for this location is 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM, CST through Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:00 PM, CST.

Ship entries to:

Two Brothers Roundhouse
c/o DMC, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations and Dates

Wednesday Night @ Two Brothers Roundhouse (if needed)
205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM, CST

Friday Night @ Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM, CST

Saturday AM @ Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM, CST

Saturday PM @ Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM, CST

Best of Show

Photo: Oh, the majesty! You've got about 5 weeks to get your beer, mead, or cider in shape and entered in time to claim one of these bad boys on March 14. Which one do you have your eye on?

There will be trophies for Best of Show in Beer, Meads/Ciders, and winner of the Menace of the Monastery.

2nd and 3rd Place Best of Show in Beer, Meads/Ciders, and Menace of the Monastery receive plaques.

 

Professional Ramp-Up

Visit the Two Brothers Roundhouse website

Two Brothers will select a beer from the Best of Show table to brew as their Pro-Am entry into the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

 

Awards

Photo: Are you ready to medal? The 18th annual Drunk Monk Challenge is coming on March 12th!

The 2016 DMC Medals

  Photo: Are you ready to medal? The 18th annual Drunk Monk Challenge is coming on March 12th!

The 2015 Awards Table (click to see a larger version)

Medals will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each qualifying category and for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Best of Show in both beer and mead/cider categories.

DMC Prize Raffle

A prize raffle will take place around 5:00 p.m. You must be present to win.

Giving Back to the Community

Each year, the Urban Knaves of Grain Homebrew Club likes to give a little back to the community. This year, a portion of the competition proceeds will be donated to America's VetDogs® Service Dog program.

Americas VetDogs

The service dog programs of America’s VetDogs® were created to provide enhanced mobility and renewed independence to veterans, active-duty service members, and first responders with disabilities, allowing them to once again live with pride and self-reliance.

 

Awards Ceremony

Two Brothers Roundhouse
205 N. Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM, CST

Circuit Qualification

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A qualifying event for the Master's Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB)

A leg of The Midwest Homebrewer of the Year