The Shamrock is one of my favorite competitions. Not only does it see a huge number of entries of really great beer, making for a very competitive event, but it is also a lot of fun to attend and is a great learning experience for how BJCP homebrew competitions are run. Props to the CARBOY club for hosting such a great annual event.
Registration is now open for judges and stewards and beer registration opens up on January 28th for the competition that will be held on March 9th. Whether you are entering any beer in the competition or not, I would highly encourage you to sign up to judge or steward. If you have not ever volunteered to help out at a competition before, then you should first read this interview with BJCP judge and Raleigh Brewing Company brewer, John Federal, then sign up to be a steward at the Shamrock Open.
Stewarding is a great experience. You will get to try a lot of the beer, listen to the judges discuss the qualities of each entry, and gain an understanding of what judges are looking for when judging beer. This will definitely help you become a better homebrewer as well.
I will be there judging, and hope to see some of you all there as well.
What: Shamrock Open Homebrew Competition, organized by the CARBOY homebrew club
Where: Raleigh, NC
When: Registration open January 28th through February 23rd. Competition held on March 9th
Cost: $6 per entry
For rules and registration information, head over to the official competition website.