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Titletown Open Standing Rules  


  1. All entries must be registered electronically prior to the published walk-in drop-off date.  
  2. Entries may be shipped or dropped off at sites listed on the contest website and in the annual rule change document.  


 1. Light/Golden Ales & Lagers

BJCP Categories: 1a-c, 2a, 3a-b, 4a, 5a-d, 11a-c, 12a-b, 18a, Piwo Grodziskie, Pre-Prohibition Lager

 2. Mild Amber/Brown/Dark Beers

BJCP Categories: 2b-c, 3c-d, 4b-c, 6a, 6c, 7a-c, 8a-b, 13a-b, 14a-c, 15a, 19a-c, Kentucky Common, London Brown Ale

3. Porter & Stout

BJCP Categories: 13c, 15b-c, 16a-d, 20a-b,Pre-Prohibition Porter

4. Hop-forward Pale Ales

BJCP Categories: 12c, 18b, 21a-b (21b must indicate the specific color/specialty for each entry.)

5. Wheat/Rye/Other Grain Beers

BJCP Categories: 1d, 10a-c, 31a-b (requires specification of grains and/or sugars used), Roggenbier, Sahti, Gose

6. Strong Beers

BJCP Categories: 9a-c, 17a-d, 20c, 22a-d

7. Belgian & French Ales

BJCP Categories: 24a-c, 25a-c, 26a-d

8. Fruit/Spice/Veg/Herb beers

BJCP Categories: 29a-c, 30a-c (Must state a BASE BJCP style AND all other ingredients in each entry.)

9. Specialty Beers

BJCP Categories: 6b, 32a-b, 33a-b, 34a*-c*** 

Must state a BASE BJCP style AND all other ingredients in each entry. 

*34a The entrant must specify the name of the commercial beer being cloned, specifications (vital statistics) for the beer, and either a brief sensory description or a list of ingredients used in making the beer. 

** 34b The entrant must specify the styles being mixed. The entrant may provide an additional description of the sensory profile of profile of the beer or the vital statistics of the resulting beer.

*** 34c The entrant must specify the special nature of the experimental beer, including the special ingredients or processes that make it not fit elsewhere in the guidelines. The entrant must provide vital statistics for the beer, and either a brief sensory description or a list of ingredients used in making the beer.

10. Sour Beers

BJCP Categories: 23a-f, 28a*-c***, Lichtenhainer

*28a -The entrant must specify either a base beer style (Classic Style, or a generic style family) or provide a description of the ingredients/specs/desired character. The entrant must specify if a 100% Brett fermentation was conducted. The entrant may specify the strain(s) of Brettanomyces used.

**28b - The entrant must specify a description of the beer, identifying the yeast/bacteria used and either a base style or the ingredients/specs/target character of the beer.

***28c - Entrant must specify the type of fruit, spice, herb, or wood used. Entrant must specify a description of the beer, identifying the yeast/bacteria used and either a base style or the ingredients/specs/target character of the beer. A general description of the special nature of the beer can cover all the required items.

11. Rackers Annual Challenge

Beginning in 2014 (the TTO’s 20th anniversary,) the club has added an annual challenge category strictly for “grins & giggles”. No scores, strictly a taste-off by a special panel of BJCP judges. 


2018 ….“Beers your Great-Grandfathers Drank” – French/Belgian styles only (100th Anniv. of US entering WWI )

2019 (25th Anniversary) ………. “Wooden You Like to Know” - Wood-aged Beers

                         2020 - Parti-gyle


OPEN ONLY TO PARTICIPATING JUDGES! Each judge may bring ONE beer (any style) to be checked in by the contest organizer by Saturday morning, April 29th prior to the start of the morning round of judging. Three standard bottles required, you need only state the style and they will be labeled upon check-in. Stewards will be given the opportunity to judge them in BOS fashion and a nice prize will be awarded to the winning judge. There will be NO ENTRY FEE for these beers. These entries cannot be entered in any category in the regular competition.


 Any style, but hops used must be exclusively TENACIOUS BADGER HOPs. Recipe required, BEER CAN ALSO BE ENTERED IN THE REGULAR CONTEST category. Will be judged BOS style, no scores will be given.

Limits on entries.

The total number of entries allowed in this contest will be 150, not including beers entered in the Rackers Challenge category.

Entrants may enter only ONE beer per BJCP category EXCEPT in the following:

7C – Kellerbier: Entrants may enter one entry EACH of Pale and Amber Kellerbier

21B – Specialty Pale Ale: Entrants may enter one entry EACH of any of the BJCP-listed Specialty IPAs.  


The chief judge reserves the right to disqualify from judging and award eligibility any beer entered if a specialty additive is deemed by the judges to be offensive, inappropriate, or so overpowering that effective judging of the underlying beer style is not possible. There will be no refunds for disqualified beers.  Other reasons for disqualification will include but are not limited to:

(a) Violation of any contest rules

(b) Improperly labeled bottles

(c) Bottles where caps are of the wrong color or not blacked out  

Standards and Judging

The current BJCP guidelines will be used for judging. View the BJCP guidelines at BJCP guidelines 2015

Multiple rounds beginning mid-week of the published contest date will be held at the discretion  of the contest committee and published on the contest website. Queued judging will be used.


  • Open to any individual or group home brewer(s). Professional brewers may compete as long as entries comply with eligibility rule below.
  • Entries must be brewed at home or non-commercial site. Entries brewed in commercial breweries, brewpubs or brew-on-premises are not eligible for entry.  
  • FREE WORT rule. Entries brewed at home where the wort was obtained from a commercial/craft brewery are eligible for entry but origin of the wort MUST be stated as a special ingredient.  

Submission Requirements

  1. Brown or green bottles capable of holding 12-16 ounces and must meet other requirements listed below.
  2. Two (2) bottles required per entry. A 3rd “insurance” bottle may be sent and is a good idea. Extra beer will be used at future Rackers meetings for evaluation training purposes.
  3. NOT ALLOWED - ½ liter bottles, plastic bottles, clear glass bottles, and ceramic-closure bottles.
  4. Bottles must be free of all labels.  
  5. Entry forms are NOT REQUIRED if entries are pre-registered online. Walk-in drop-offs will require extra time to register if not pre-registered online.
  6. Caps MUST be solid-colored OR blacked out with permanent marker.
  7. Standard BJCP BOTTLE LABELS. must be attached to each bottle with rubber bands. DO NOT use tape or glue. 

Fees & Shipping

  1. Cost per entry will be listed on the annual rules change section of these rules.
  2. RACKERS members and JUDGES get first entry free..
  3. Check or MO only – NO CASH!  Checks should be made out to the GREEN BAY RACKERS. The Rackers are not responsible for lost entry fees on entries left at drop-off sites. Any entry lacking the appropriate fee will NOT BE JUDGED.  
  4. Shipping entries.

Some commercial shipping companies may refuse to ship your product. Consider the following options:

Set up your own online account with your favorite shipper (it is usually free to do so) and print your own shipping label at home, then just drop it off or arrange for home pick-up. (Most commercial sites don’t question what’s in it or inspect it when it is already pre-packaged and labeled.)

Avoid using US Postal Service (they can prosecute for breaking their rules, commercial companies simply refuse to ship your package.)

Consider labeling packages as “Food Product For Professional Analysis”

Shipped entries should be packaged carefully to avoid breakage and leaking should breakage occur.  There will be no refund for entries damaged in transit.  Shipped entries should be sent to: Michael Conard, 1021 Juneau Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216 ATTN: Food Analysis Services

Drop Off Sites

Drop off sites: During their regular business hours. Please remember that these are busy brewpubs.

Titletown Brewing Company TAPROOM, 320 N. Broadway Street, Green Bay, WI 54303

Stone Cellar Brewing Company, 1004 S Olde Oneida St Appleton, WI 54915  

The Cellar,  1921 S Washburn St., Oshkosh, WI 54904


Place Awards

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for all groups in which there are at least four entries. In groups where there are less than four entries, the contest organizer shall determine how many awards there will be for that group.

Judge’s Special Recognition Awards

 Judges reserve the right to give special recognition awards to beers of particular note, regardless of their overall score or award placement. The contest organizer may choose to award JSR awards for clever beer names at his/her discretion.  

Best of Show

The BOS round shall consist of a maximum of fifteen (15) beers. Beers advancing to the BOS round must meet the following criteria:
(a) The first place beer in each Table shall advance to BOS round, regardless of score.  
(b) Minimum score. The minimum score for other BOS beers shall be 30 points.  The contest organizer (in consultation with the chief judge) may adjust the base minimum score up or down In the event that the average overall scoring of the beers is exceptionally high or exceptionally low.  
(c) Judges may request other beers be considered for Best of Show even if they are not the first-place beer in the table.

Getting it on tap at Titletown!

The local brewer with the highest scoring beer will get the opportunity to scale it up and brew it at Titletown Brewing Company. This is at the discretion of the Head of Brewing Operations based on style, marketability, and equipment/ingredient limitations. This may or may not represent the BOS beer.

Posting of Results.

Results will be posted on the contest website once they have been verified by the contest czar. 

Feedback to Entrants

Entrants who do NOT win awards shall have their score sheets electronically scanned and emailed to them. Entries without a valid email address will not be contacted by any other means regarding score sheet delivery.  Make sure your email account will accept mail from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AND is set to allow large attachments.
Non-local award winners will have their score sheets and ribbons mailed to them via commercial postal or shipping services.
Local award winners may pick their ribbons and score sheets up at the House of Homebrew. Please allow two weeks for contest staff to complete their work before trying to pick up your awards. A memo will be placed at www.rackers.org when ribbons and score sheets are available.


The Green Bay Rackers are solely responsible for the conduct of this contest. All leftover beer, and empty bottles become the property of the Green Bay Rackers. Entry into this competition shall constitute permission for the Rackers to publish all results on their website.   




Online: February 1, 2018 through April 23, 2018 at 4:00 PM CDT.

Drop-offS: Monday, Apri 16, 2018 through Friday, April 20, 2018at NOON, all sites

Walk-in Registration (Titletown Taproom): Monday, April 23, 2018, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM



  • $5.00 per entry. RACKERS members and JUDGES get first entry free. Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for discount code. Rackers will receive the code via email in February.
  • Checks or money orders should be made out to the GREEN BAY RACKERS.
  • NO CASH please. The Rackers are not responsible for any cash payments lost from dropped off entries. 


1st Round -  Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM

2nd Round – Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM

3rd Round – Friday, April 27, 2018 at 6:00 PM  

4th Round – Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

5th Round – Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12:30 PM

AWARDS CEREMONY: Saturday, April 28th at 5:00 PM in Taproom. OPEN TO PUBLIC.

(The Rackers reserve the right to judge flights earlier in the week if flight sizes warrant)