War of the Worts

Now in its 21st year, War of the Worts is an American Homebrewers Association sanctioned competition and provides you an opportunity to have your homemade beer, cider, and mead evaluated by BJCP registered judges. Prizes and awards will be given for beers placing first, second, and third in each category, and for Best of Show. The 2015 revision of the BJCP guidelines will be used for this event.

The competition will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Keystone Homebrew Supply in Montgomeryville, PA. Judges should arrive by 8:30 AM. The judging is closed to the public. The awards ceremony announcing the winners will be open to the public and held at 6:30 PM.

All entries must be registered online, and registration and drop-off will begin Saturday, January 16, 2016. Entries will be accepted until February 7.

For the third straight year, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, PA will personally select a beer from the Best of Show judging table to be scaled up and brewed on their production brewery system. The selected brewer will have the opportunity to assist with the brew day with the possibility of the beer being entered in the 2016 GABF Pro-Am Competition. Please note that the selected beer will not necessarily be the Best of Show winner, but instead will be chosen with production concerns in mind.

Thank you to our sponsors

Ambler Beverage Exchange
239 E Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002

Blichmann Engineering

Colony Meadery
905 Harrison St #115, Allentown, PA 18103


Dominick’s Side Door Pub
3337 County Line Rd, Chalfont, PA 18914

Five Star Chemicals

Kegs & Code Co.

Lansdale Beer Fest

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.
909 Ray Ave, Croydon, PA 19021

ParasitX BeerBug

Sandt’s Honey
714 Wagener Ln, Easton, PA 18040

BeerSmith - beersmith.com
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - firestonebeer.com
Iron Abbey - 680 Easton Rd, Horsham, PA 19044
PJ Whelihan’s - 799 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
River Horse Brewing Co. - 2 Graphics Dr, Ewing Township, NJ 08628
Storey Publishing - storey.com
Troegs Independent Brewing - 200 East Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Washington House - 136 N Main St, Sellersville, PA 18960


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Guidelines and Entry Requirements

  • War of the Worts is open to all homebrewers.
  • All entries must be noncommercial in nature and produced at home.
  • The entry fee is $7 per entry and MUST be made via Paypal.
  • Submit two 10-16 ounce bottles for each entry.
  • Mead and cider entries may be either two 10-16 ounce bottles or one or two 750 mL bottles. We suggest for sparkling meads and ciders that you send two bottles so that a fresh bottle may be used for the Best of Show round. If sending a single bottle, note this on your entry form.
  • Bottles must be glass and must be free of any labels or other identifying marks. Swing top bottles and corked bottles will be accepted.
  • Bottle caps must not be labeled with identifying marks. Any logos should be obscured.
  • A bottle ID form must be attached to each bottle with a rubber band. Entries with tape or glue will not be accepted. Entry forms are not required and recipe information will not be used.
  • Categories and subcategories will be combined and/or split for judging purposes, however entries will be judged according to the subcategory in which they are entered. The style guidelines for each category and subcategory are found at the BJCP website.
  • It is the responsibility of the brewer to decide the appropriate category for their entry.
  • For several categories (e.g. specialty IPA, fruit beer, smoke and wood-aged beer, meads, ciders, etc.), the brewer is encouraged to specify a base style or give ingredient information. Please note that judges cannot see the name of the beer while judging. Consult the 2015 BJCP style guidelines for more guidance on when to provide additional information or base styles.
  • Entries which do not meet these entry requirements may be disqualified.
  • Any disputes that arise during the competition will be settled by the competition organizers.
  • Brewer feedback is the primary purpose of War of the Worts. Your score sheets will be returned to you shortly after the contest.
  • Unopened bottles will NOT be returned to entrants after the competition.
  • Entries must be registered online beginning 01/16/2016.
  • Entries will be accepted at the drop-off locations from 01/16/2016 until 02/07/2016. Late entries will only be accepted with prior approval of the registrar.
  • Entries may be dropped off at the following locations:
    Keystone Homebrew Supply
    435 Doylestown Rd.
    Montgomeryville, PA 18936
    Keystone Homebrew Supply
    128 East Third Street
    Bethelehem, PA 18015
    Home Sweet Homebrew
    2008 Sansom St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Princeton Homebrew
    208 Sanhican Dr.
    Trenton, NJ 08618
    Brew Your Own
    2026 Darby Rd.
    Havertown, PA 19083
    Artisan Homebrew
    128 E Lancaster Ave.
    Downingtown, PA 19355
    Weak Knee Homebrew Supply
    North End Shopping Center
    1300 N. Charlotte St.
    Pottstown, PA 19464
    Philly Homebrew Outlet
    1447 North American St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19122
    Brew Your Own Bottle
    162 Haddon Ave.
    Haddon Township, NJ 08108
  • Mail-in entries should be sent to the Montgomeryville Keystone Homebrew Supply location. This is the only location accepting mail-in entries. Mail-in entries must be received by the entry deadline.


Prizes and awards will be given for beers placing first, second, and third in each category, and for Best of Show. The results will be announced at the awards ceremony at Keystone Homebrew Supply in Montgomeryville starting at 6:30 PM. Results will also be available on the Keystone Hops website.

Keystone Cup

The War of the Worts is the first of three legs of the Keystone Cup club competition. Homebrew clubs accumulate points at War of the Worts, Keystone Barrel Brew Championship (summer), and Malt Madness (August) when club members’ beers medal. The club with the most points at the end of the competition takes home the Keystone Cup. Complete rules can be found at Keystone Homebrew Supply's website.
In past years, the Keystone Cup has been decided by a tiebreaker so your entry could be the difference! You must list your club affiliation on your entry form for your entry to count towards your club’s Keystone Cup standing.

Eastern Pennsylvania Homebrewer of the Year

The War of the Worts is also the first leg of the Eastern Pennsylvania Homebrewer of the Year (EPHY) competition. Will you make a run for the title this year? The four legs of the EPHY award are: War of the Worts, Buzz Off, Malt Madness and the Stoney Creek Homebrewers Amateur Brewing Championship. Complete rules can be found at the Stoney Creek Homebrewers website.