for ChiliBrew VI: October 26, 2012
— The event will host three independent competitions:
- Vegetarian Chili
- Chili con Carne
Competitors may enter multiple competitions if they wish.
— Entrants in the Homebrew competition must be at least 21 years old.
— There are no entry fees. As this is a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, there is a $10-20 sliding-scale suggested donation for participants.
— To enter, complete an entry form on our website as soon as possible. There is no entry deadline, but accomodation of walk-on entries is not guaranteed.
— QUANTITY: Competitors must supply at least 64 fluid ounces total (2 quarts, or one half-gallon) of brew/chili for each competition they enter, with no maximum quantity. More is definitely recommended (see Judging section below; historically we’ve found that the Homebrew winners generally brought 1 case or more).
— STYLES: All styles are welcome, and “ChiliBrew” doesn’t mean you need to bring chili-pepper-beer! There are no style requirements or guidelines except that everything must be homemade (not prepackaged) and safe for consumption in moderation. Competitors may submit multiple styles/recipes of brew/chili within a single competition without increasing the minimum total quantity of 64oz (see Judging to clarify how multiple styles are evaluated).
— BREW CONTAINERS may not have commercial product labels (neither attached to the container, nor printed directly on it as with Rogue/Stone/Corona), but labels made by entrants and/or containers with embossed markings (such as Samuel Adams’) are acceptable. Any size or type of brew container is OK: bottle/can/growler/keg/etc., so long as anything we’ll need to get the brew out of it is also supplied.
— VEGETARIAN CHILI submissions may not contain any meat or animal byproduct which requires the death of the animal to produce, and submissions with dairy or eggs must be labeled as such. We encourage Vegetarian Chili entrants to be able to answer questions concerning ingredients for tasters who may observe especially-restricted diets. Chili con Carne submissions have no specific ingredient requirements.
— DELIVERY: Competitors should arrive onsite with their submissions at least a half-hour before the event officially begins. Otherwise, contact us as soon as possible to coordinate arrangements for delivery of your submissions.
— PRESENTATION: If you will be personally attending the event and there is anything you would like to be available for judges to enjoy while tasting your submissions (e.g. bread, cheese), you are welcome to supply it to them. Note there will also be access to electricity but plan to bring your own extension chords. We will also provide a table for you to present your beer/chili on.
— LEFTOVERS (including empty containers) may be taken home by their entrants, or the event organizers will dispose of them at the end of the event. Contact us if you won’t be present but would like to arrange for anything to be held and returned to you.
— This event is not officially sanctioned by any competitive organization.
— Any eligible attendee or competitor may choose to become a judge for any or all competitions. There is no maximum number of judges for a competition.
— Judges for the Homebrew competition must be at least 21 years old. Only Homebrew judges or entrants may taste, handle, or be served Homebrew submissions.
— Each serving dispensed to a judge is not to exceed 4 fluid ounces. Judges are not obligated to taste all submissions for the competition(s) they judge.
— Judging will be “hedonistic”-style: judges may use any criteria they wish to evaluate competitors (flavor enjoyment, refinement, appearance, creativity, whatever). Judges will submit a ballot for each competition they judge, ranking their top three favorite COMPETITORS whose submissions they tasted.
— At the end of the event all submitted judges’ ballots will be tallied for each competition, with each competitor receiving three points for each #1 ballot ranking they receive, two points for each #2, and one for each #3. The competitors with the highest total point scores win.
— NOTE that the submissions themselves are not being ranked directly. Thus, if a competitor submits multiple styles of brew/chili for a single competition, the judges’ experiences with any or all of those styles may influence their final ranking of that competitor. Note also that if a competitor’s submissions are depleted before the end of the event, it may impact the number of points he or she can accrue (judges cannot taste what’s already gone, but remember that there is no maximum quantity for submissions).
— Winners must be present at the event to claim their prizes unless they make arrangements with event staff for a proxy to receive the prize in their place for later delivery. Unclaimed prizes without a proxy recipient will be allocated to the next-highest finishers in the competition.
— The Rulers of Brews will receive brewshop gift cards: $75 1st-place, $50 2nd-, $25 3rd-, $10 each 4th- & 5th-place.
— The Chili Champions (Vegetarian and Con Carne) will receive cash prizes: $50 1st-place, $25 2nd-, $15 3rd.