Results of the 4th Annual JCBC Homebrew Competition

Thank you to everyone that submitted beer to the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice competitions. We had almost 40 entries to the Judge’s Choice competition this year, and 15 for the People’s Choice (along with a few other beers to share). We had a good turnout for the People’s Choice tasting (about 400 people, I think?), the first year we’ve done the contest without being part of the 4th St Arts Fest.

For everyone that submitted to Judge’s Choice, we will hold the scoresheets at The Thirsty Quaker for the next week if you would like to pick them up. After that, we will email scanned copies of any that have not been picked up.
If you’re a bit impatient, you can scroll down now and see the winners, but first I’d like to give a quick shoutout to the sponsors who gave us prizes and logistical support to make this contest what it is.
The Thirsty Quaker – awesome homebrew shop and great beer selection
HopsScotch – Great beer and whiskey bar. they host our monthly meetings and have always been supportive.
Barcade – Always new beer and great videogames
Jersey City Theater Center – the people behind Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall
NJ Beer Co – now with THIRTY taps at the Prudential Center!
9th & Coles Tavern – wonderful food and wonderful people
Madame Claude Wine & Cafe – the best French food you’ll find, and a great wine shop to pair with it
Abbey’s Pub & Grill – hookah and billiards!
Golden Grille – Great barbecue and grilled food on Newark Ave
Union Republic – ramen so good people from Manhattan come to check it out
Milk Sugar Love – new ice cream shop on Hamilton Park
Another Man’s Treasure – cool vintage clothing and jewlery
Jersey City Arts School – classes for all levels
Delenio Restaurant – the best penne vodka in the WORLD
Ben LoPiccolo Development Group – the development group doing White Eagle Hall & Merseles Studios have been very supportive of our club
Honorable Mention – Judge’s Choice
Keith Koval – Giggles & Sunshine – Oktoberfest/Marzen
2nd Place – Judge’s Choice
James Manley – Thaison – Saison with Galangal, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Thai Chili, and Curry leaves
1st Place – Judge’s Choice
Keith Koval – Payback Porter
Honorable Mention – People’s Choice
Matt Ventura – Aleusion Ale
2nd Place – People’s Choice
Jim O’Brien – Milk Stout
1st Place – People’s Choice
Matt Hersh – Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale
 Thanks everyone!

Judge’s Choice Submission Details

If you are submitting to the Judge’s Choice contest, please follow the below instructions:

1: Fill out and print a bottle ID form AND a detail form for each entry you are submitting. The detail form can contain as much or as little recipe detail as you like.
2: Attach a bottle ID form to each of two bottles for your entry by rubber band and include one copy of the detail form.
3: Submit along with $5 cash payment at The Thirsty Quaker (492 Monmouth St, Jersey City, NJ) by Friday, September 19. You can also mail entries to this address.


Announcing the 4th Annual JCBC Homebrew Contest!

The 4th St Arts Fest has come to an end, but JCBC’s Annual Homebrew Contest hasn’t! This year we are joining Jersey City Theater Center for their “Artoberfest” at Merseles Studios to host our homebrew contest. Artoberfest will be a day of art, music, and food, with beer from local breweries, including NJ Beer Co! And of course, homebrew!

Saturday, September 27

The format this year will be a little different than what we usually do. There are going to be two prize groups for this year’s contest, judged in different ways:

  • Judge’s Choice – This year’s contest is BJCP Sanctioned, meaning you will get great feedback from BJCP-certified judges. The entry fee is $5, and two unlabeled bottles (with entry sheet) must be dropped off at The Thirsty Quaker by Friday, September 19. The entry fee will be waived if also joining the People’s Choice competition. At the moment, only 75 entrants will be allowed, but more spots may open if we get more judges. These entries will be judged the week before, Saturday September 20.
  • People’s Choice – The people’s choice will be similar to previous years, where contestants bring up to 5 gallons of beer to serve to attendees. If joining the People’s Choice competition, your entry fee for Judge’s Choice is waived. Kegs or bottles are both fine. Entrants may bring multiple beers, but will be limited to entering only two for consideration. Ice and tubs will be provided. Space is set at a maximum of 24 entrants!
  • Volunteers & Judges – If you are BJCP certified, we would love to have you attend and judge our entrants! If you are not a certified judge, we could still use your help the day of, by organizing beer for the judges and helping brewers with pouring. Sign up below!

Sign up as a judge or volunteer

Sign up as a brewer


The Jersey City Homebrew Contest is coming soon!

contest flyer copy 2013

Attention all brewers, drinkers, and judges! The Jersey City Brew Club has joined up with Jersey City Ties and the guys who brought you the Battle of the Brews to throw our third annual Jersey City Homebrew Competition at the 4th St Arts & Music Festival. Join us for a day of arts, music, comedy, food, and drink.

For more details, and to enter your beer, please click here.