It’s that time! Planning for the 2018 Beer Competition is well underway and the members of the BAM Competition Committee wanted to share some updates with you. Remember that this competition is meant to be a way for all of our entrants to help elevate the perception of Maryland beer in the marketplace. Your participation in this competition is a great way to help support the hard work BAM does promoting our industry.
The Competition Committee met in April to discuss a variety of member suggestions for the 2018 competition. The topics discussed included competition logistics, category and style guidelines for 2018, expansion of entry options for breweries, and how to handle awards.
This year’s competition date is Saturday, August 18, 2018 and all entries will be due to the competition committee no later than Monday, August 13, 2018. Entries will be collected at Calvert Brewing Company in Upper Marlboro, MD from Wednesday, August 1, 2018 thru Monday, August 13, 2018. The Competition Committee is working with BAM and potential sponsors to select regional drop off options. Please keep an eye out for updates to this process.
While it’s currently a little early to register, a full complement of registration details for this competition will be communicated to you over the next few weeks.
Since 2016, the Competition Committee has worked to present categories for this competition that are representative of market trends and allow for the exceptional creativity and execution of styles from Maryland brewers to be showcased. The 2018 competition categories can be viewed below, with more detailed information – along with category descriptions/definitions -coming shortly.
Again in 2018, breweries may enter no more than 10 entries to this competition. A change to the rules from prior years is that breweries may now enter up to two entries in an individual category; for instance, Bob’s Brewery may enter both a Helles Lager and a Pilsner into the Pale Lager and Pilsner category. This activity would count as two entries and Bob’s Brewery would have 8 remaining entries.
Following the competition, the 2018 awards will be announced at a private BAM reception prior to the BAM REVIVE! event. REVIVE! Is a brand new event being formed for 2018. This is a high-end beer and food-pairing showcase, featuring all of the 2017 gold medalists, and therefore all of the categories represented in the Maryland Craft Beer Competition. Each winning beer will be paired with a chef, elevating the beer even further. At this inaugural event, we will be announcing the winners of the 2018 competition – revealing the breweries who will be featured at REVIVE! 2019.
More details on this event as they become available. All breweries present at this reception will be required to keep all results confidential until the public announcement at the REVIVE! event on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Please contact Kelly Dudeck (Kelly@GrowAndFortify.com) with any questions or clarifiactions.
Chair, MD Craft Beer Competition Committee
Director of Strategy, Grow & Fortify
Competition Coordinator, MD Craft Beer Competition
Juicy/Hazy/Fruity IPA or Pale Ale **
Sour Beers (replaces American Wild Ales) **
Smoked or Wood-Aged
Specialty and Experimental Beers
Pale Lager and Pilsner
Amber Lagers, Dark Lagers, and Bocks
Amber Ales and Brown Ales
Porters and Stouts
Local Ingredient **