German Fest Stein Challenge

Stein Challenge

German Fest Homebrew Competition

Stein Challenge

The Details:

  • Largest German style only homebrew competition in the country!
  • All BJCP German & Vienna style categories accepted, Specialty, Smoked, & Wood Aged with German or Vienna base too.
  • The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 30th at 12:15 pm during German Fest in the Sprecher Oktoberfest Tent.
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be issued for each category.  An honorable mention may be issued for a category should the judges feel that it is warranted.
  • The 1st place entry from each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Showbeer selected.
  • One entry from the Best of Show round will be chosen to be ramped up and brewed by the Third Space Brewing.
  • Best of Show, Best of Show Runner Up and Best of Show 2nd Runner Up will be awarded steins.
  • More information can be found here


Here is the list of beer styles that are open for the competition:

Munich HellesDortmunder ExportGerman Pilsner (Pils)
Bohemian PilsenerVienna LagerOktoberfest/Marzen
Munich DunkelSchwarzbierMaibock/Helles Bock
Traditional BockDoppelbockEisbock
KolschNorthern German AltbierDusseldorf Altbier
Baltic PorterWeizen/WeissbierDunkelweizen
WeizenbockRoggenbier (German Rye Beer)Berliner Weisse
Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

(Must have German base bier)Classic RauchbierOther Smoked Beer

(Must have German base bier)Wood-Aged Beer

(Must have German base bier)Specialty Beer

(Must have German base bier)Gose (Custom Style)

Interesting Past Facts:

  • 122 entrants from 14 different states –
    CA, FL, GA, IA, IL, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, OH, TN, TX, WI
  • Over 30 judges participated.
  • To maintain quality judges judged no more than 8 entries per sitting.
  • All category mini Best of Show sessions were conducted with at least one BJCP judge with a rank of National or higher.

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