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All entries must be Belgian or French inspired beers.

If an entry is entered into a subcategory that is not specificially Belgian or French inspired as defined by the BJCP (such as Historical Beer, Brett Beer, Experimental Beer, etc.), the entrant must provide further information as to why the entry is Belgian or French-inspired (e.g., yeast selection, Belgian or French base style, etc.). If an entry into one of these subcategories does not specifiy the Belgain or French inspiration or if supporting information is insufficient, it will be judged, but will be disqualified from medal contention.

Bière de Rock is an AHA sanctioned beer competition open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

All mailed entries must 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 after the indicated time.

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 main competition sponsor and organizing club, the Rock Hoppers Brew Club (aka RHBC), is 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. Every effort will be made to review entries prior to check-in for appropriate classification in accordance to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Upon review, if an entry is deemed to be mis-categoriezed, it will be re-assigned based upon the information provided by the entrant. In the instance that the re-assignment causes a brewer to have multiple entries in a sub-category that is restricted to one entry per entrant, then the re-classified beer will be disqualified.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. A minimum of two judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry. Each judge team will have at least one BJCP-ranked judge.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. Categories with a small number of entries may be combined at the discretion of the competition organizers. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

Best of Show judging will be determined by a Blue Ribbon 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.

21B1 Belgian IPA21B6 White IPA23B Flanders Red Ale
23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic23E Gueuze
23F Fruit Lambic24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale
24C Biere de Garde25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison
25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel
26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer
28A Brett Beer28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer
29A Fruit Beer29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer
30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer
31A Alternative Grain Beer31B Alternative Sugar Beer33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer  


Judging Locations and Dates

Pre-Session - Brew Hut Classroom
15120 E. HAMPDEN AVE. AURORA, CO 80014
Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:00 PM, MST

Late AM - Rockyard Brewing Production Facility
880 Castleton Rd Castle Rock, CO 80109
Saturday, January 27, 2018 10:30 AM, MST


Best of Show

The Best of Show winner will receive a brand new 10 gallon stainless kettle from Spike Brewing!



The awards ceremony will take place following lunch and once judging is completed. Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each judging table. Medals and prizes are yet to be determined - based upon previous competitions, the prize booty will be pretty significant. Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of RHBC.


Entires that advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round are available for selection by a professional brewery to be brewed as their ProAm entry into the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. The following are participating Bière de Rock pro-am breweries:

  • Bruz Beers
  • Jagged Mountain Brewery
  • Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company 

* Please note: The ProAm opportunity is only open to current AHA members. The homebrewer brewing their recipe with the professional brewery CANNOT be, or have ever been, an employee of that brewery or on the brewing staff, which includes employees involved in the brewing process (i.e. brewer, lab technician, cellar crew) at any brewery.


Awards Ceremony

Rockyard Brewing - Production Facility
880 Castleton Rd Castle Rock, CO 80109
Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:00 PM, MST