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NOTE: Due to the issues imposed by the Cornovirus and our desire to keep everyone safe, 

the 2020 Morgan Cup has been cancelled. All registrants will be contacted by email and any 

entry fees paid will be refunded.




Presented by the Mad Zymurgists Homebrew Club

Best Of Show Grand Prize!! - Morgan Territory Brewing in Tracy has generously offered to brew a Pro-Am commercial batch of the Best of Show winning beer for entry in the 2020 GABF Pro-Am Competition!

The Competition is open only to individuals brewing their own beer in a homebrew setting. Commercially produced beers or those produced at a microbrewery or brewpub are not eligible.

This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1D American Wheat Beer
2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager2C International Dark Lager
3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager3C Czech Amber Lager
3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles4B Festbier
4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier5B Kolsch
5C German Exportbier5D German Pils6A Marzen
6C Dunkels Bock7A Vienna Lager8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock 9C Baltic Porter
10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock
12A English Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA
13A Dark Mild13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter
14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy15A Irish Red Ale
17A British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA 21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA 21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA 21B7 New England IPA
22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Each entry shall consist of three (3) 12-­oz. brown glass, crown-­capped bottles, free of commercial labels, raised marks or lettering, or other unique identifying features. Nondescript embossed bumps or letters along the bottom of the bottle are OK. Plain, unmarked crown caps of any color, caps with standard printing on the edges (e.g., “Oxycap”), or printed caps thoroughly blacked out with permanent marker are acceptable. No corked, caged, or swing-­top (“Grölsch” style) bottles will be accepted.

A fully completed Bottle Label must be attached to each bottle with one or more rubber bands or clear tape. If clear tape is used DO NOT tape over the QR code symbol; please do not use any glue. Entries will be included to the greatest extent possible, but to be fairly judged, their appearance must be uniform. Acceptance or disqualification of entries is at the sole discretion of the organizer.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry and can be printed directly from this website. Entry paperwork should be attached to bottles by the method specified on the bottle label.

Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.


Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Wednesday, December 31, 1969 4:00 PM, PST through Wednesday, December 31, 1969 4:00 PM, PST.

Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

HopTech Homebrewing Supplies
6398 Dougherty Rd suite 7 & 8, Dublin, CA 94568

MoreBeer San Leandro
2315 Verna Ct, San Leandro, CA 94577

Morgan Territory Brewing
1885 N MacArthur Drive, Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 834-8664


Judging Session Locations and Dates

Final Judging
Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:30 AM, PDT


Best of Show

Best Of Show Grand Prize!! - Morgan Territory Brewing in Tracy has generously offered to brew a Pro-Am commercial batch of the Best of Show winning beer for entry in the 2020 GABF Pro-Am Competition!



**** NOTE: The Awards Ceremony date and time have changed ****

The awards ceremony will take place the same day as Final Judging, 5/2/2020 at 2:30pm at the Brewery.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Awards will be available for pick up at the Awards Ceremony. Awards not picked up will be mailed to participants. Score sheets will be emailed to entrants the week following the Ceremony. Results will be posted to the competition web site no later than 5/2/2020.


Awards Ceremony

Morgan Territory Brewing
1885 N MacArthur Drive, Tracy, CA 95376
Saturday, May 2, 2020 2:30 PM, PDT