home brew


This year's contest is on October 1, 2017, and will once again take place at the 17th St Warehouse in Murphysboro.

Our 8th Annual Big Muddy Monster Home Brew Contest is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association and the Beer Judge Certification Program.

$250 cash prize or the equivalent in credit at the homebrew supply store of their choice and the winning beer to be brewed through a local brewery (TBA).

Entry window for Beer entries opens Sept. 3rd. Entry deadline is Sept. 16th, 2017.

1. Submit two 10-14 ounce bottles with no distinguishing marks on the bottle or cap. Blacked-out caps are OK.

2. Entrant Information Form: Please complete this form ONE TIME ONLY for each entrant. No club affiliation is necessary to enter.

3. Entry Listing Form: Only one Entrant Info form per person is needed, but use additional copies of the Entry List if needed to list all of your entries. Please include any additional notes that are required by BJCP guidelines for styles 6D, 16E, 17F, 20, 21, 22B, 22C, 25C, 26A, 27E, and 28B-D. See BJCP style guidelines for the specific requirements.

4. Bottle Labels: Cut out the bottle labels and affix a Bottle Label with the requisite information to each bottle with rubber band(s) – do not use tape. Be sure to include the Entry Number, the BJCP category code (e.g. 2B for Bohemian Pilsner), the Style Name, and any additional information needed. Please ensure that the information on the Bottle Label is complete and matches that on the Entry Listing and Entrant Information Forms. There is no limit on the number of entries an individual may submit, but only one entry per sub-category will be allowed. Copy the Bottle Labels page as needed.

6. All shipped entries must be sent to the location below (do not ship via USPS). Pack your entries carefully and time them to arrive before Sept. 16th, 2017. Late entries will not be accepted. All entries will be refrigerated upon receipt.

Entries may be shipped to the following address:

Big Muddy Brewing

1430 North 7th Street

Murphysboro, IL 62966

Entries can be dropped off at:

Minglewood Brewery

121 Broadway Street

(Cape Girardeau, MO)

Roof Brothers

13145 Park Ave.

(Paducah, KY)

Main St Brewing Co

4204 W Main St

(Belleville, IL)

7. Categories may be combined if there are insufficient entries in a given category.

8. Final judging is on Sunday, Oct. 1st. All entrants are invited to attend the Big Muddy Monster Brew Festival at Riverside Park (Murphysboro, IL) on Oct. 21st starting at 12 PM. Admission is a separate fee.

9.  Ribbons are awarded to the top three finishers in each category during our Awards ceremony starting at approximately 2:00 PM.

11. We will get the score sheets in the mail as soon as possible, along with any ribbons that were not picked up during the Awards Ceremony.

Rules • Forms • Registration

Competition rules, entry, registration and bottle label forms are  linked below. Please download and fill out accordingly. Send your entry information to  Big Muddy Brewing.

October 21, 2017

Riverside Park  •  Murphysboro, IL



Friends of Murphysboro


Murphysboro, IL

This event is brought to you by Friends of Murphysboro Foundation.

This event is 21 and over. No children and no pets. Service dogs are permitted. Have ID available. No outside food or drinks, except bottled water. Rain or Shine: NO REFUNDS!

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