War of the Worts

The results are in. After two days of expert evaluation of 780 beers, meads, and ciders, top prize was earned by Chris Mazzone who won Best of Show with his Irish Stout. Not to be outdone, Joel Piazza (Main Line Brewers Association) managed to take BOTH second (Red IPA) and third (Lambic) place overall. Joel's Red IPA was chosen as the Pro-Am winner and will be brewed at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company for the 2016 GABF Pro-Am competition.

Special thanks to Keystone Homebrew Supply and Stone & Key Cellars for hosting us, Blue Dog Tavern and Pumpernick’s Deli for providing meals for our volunteers, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. for partnering with us to provide a Pro-Am award, and all of our sponsors for donating the prizes given to our winners.


Results have been posted. Congratulations to the winners.

Thank you to our sponsors

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

Blichmann Engineering

Blue Dog Family Tavern
4275 County Line Rd #13, Chalfont, PA 18914

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


Deer Creek Malthouse

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

Fegley’s BrewWorks
559 Main St #101, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Five Star Chemicals

Free Will Brewing Co.
410 E Walnut St, Perkasie, PA 18944

Kegs & Code Co.

Keystone Homebrew Supply
435 Doylestown Rd, Montgomeryville, PA 18936

Keystone Homebrew Supply
128 East Third St, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Lansdale Beer Fest

Molly Malloy’s
Reading Terminal Market, 1136 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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

North Penn Beverage
39 Washington Ave, Souderton, PA 18964

ParasitX BeerBug

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

BeerSmith - beersmith.com
City Tap House - 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - firestonebeer.com
Gretz Beer Company - 2801 E Township Line Rd, Hatfield, PA 19440
Iron Abbey - 680 Easton Rd, Horsham, PA 19044
Iron Hill Brewery - 1460 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, PA 19454
Pizza Time Saloon - 1900 W Point Pike, West Point, PA 19486
PJ Whelihan’s - 799 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
River Horse Brewing Co. - 2 Graphics Dr, Ewing Township, NJ 08628
Spinnerstown Hotel - 2195 Spinnerstown Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951
Storey Publishing - storey.com
Tired Hands Brewing Co. - 16 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
Troegs Independent Brewing - 200 East Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Washington House - 136 N Main St, Sellersville, PA 18960
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. - 905 Line St, Easton, PA 18042
YCH Hops - ychhops.com

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.