The yearly Pro-Am competition occurs in mid April. The winner gets to brew their beer at Boscos with the head brewer and gets to go to the GABF. One winner is chosen from all entrants from all local home brew clubs.

Search the American Homebrewers Association website from more details on the Pro-Am.

How are entries judged? Generally, whatever Chuck Skypeck or the head brewer at Boscos likes. Use the BJCP and craft beer guidelines but this isn’t a ‘to style’ contest. Keep in mind that Boscos will brew and sale the beer so your recipe should be something they can economically and legally reproduce (nothing over 6% ABV).

Pro-Am Rules

  1. All Bluff City Brewer entrants must be a member of the club and a member of the AHA at the time the original home brew entry is submitted for competition as well as when the Pro-Am entry is judged at the GABF.
  2. Entries are $10 each. Limit of 2 entries per person. Entry fees go to pay the winner’s air fare
  3. Winners must provide the recipe to Bosco’s and the recipe must be able to re-create the beer
  4. Chuck Skypeck (of Boscos/Ghost River) or his deligate will select the winner. Winner has the option to brew the winning recipe at Boscos, of which a portion will be sent to the GABF
  5. The winner gets free entrance into the GABF and the winner’s club will pay the
    winner’s airfare (hotel, food, and any additional air fair is not included)
  6. Please provide the recipe at time of entry submission

Past Winners

  1. 2008: Phil Kane – Oyster Start
  2. 2009: Ben Pugh – Black Hearted IPA
  3. 2011: Peter Zou – California Common
  4. 2012: Michael Erskine – West Coast Red Ale
  5. 2013: Nick Vincent – Extracurricular Hoptivity IPA