Circuit 2017 Wrap-up

The 2017 Homebrew Circuit has wrapped up.
Congratulations to Tyler Rosenberg for winning Florida Homebrewer of the Year 2017 with 87 points! John Keane came in at second at 76 points and Jesse Johnson came in at third with 59 points. Great brewing guys!
The Homebrew Club of the Year Trophy is now in Jacksonville, FL with Cowford Ale Sharing Klub. Cask won the trophy with a whopping 376 points! Special Hoperations came in at second with 293 points and Pinellas Urban Brewers Guild came in at third with 229 points.
A very eventful circuit this year. Get those burners going and get ready for 2018. Coconut cups heads off the season in January of 2018.
Cheers everyone!

Best Florida Beer Homebrew Competition is Now Open

Registration for the Best Florida Beer homebrew competition is now open. Cost is $8 per entry. The entry limit is unlimited but limited to 2 entries per subcategory per circuit rules. 

Entry Dates

  • Entry Submissions Open – 8/13/17
  • Entry Submissions Close – 9/13/17
  • Entry Delivery Deadline – 9/13/17

Judging Dates

Judging will take place the following dates with morning session starting at 8am and afternoon sessions beginning at 1pm. Please register in REGGIE so we can award you any points earned.

  • September 23rd, 24th and 30th
  • October 1st and 7th
Awards Dinner
The Best Florida Beer Homebrew awards and dinner will be at 81Bay October 7th at 6pm. Click here for more details.

2017 First Coast Cup

Entry Window June 26-July 13

Four entry cap per brewer during the first week will be bumped up to seven on the second week (July 3).

$7 per entry

Pre-judging will be on July 22-23, 29-30 (location TDB)

Final judging weekend will be August 4-5 at Four Points Sheraton 8520 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville

2017 Hurricane Blowoff

This year’s Hurricane Blowoff will be held on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th. The entry window will open on Friday, March 3rd and close on Friday, March 24th. That is when we will have to have received all entries as well. Sorting and labeling of entries will take place on Saturday, March 25th. We will begin pre-judging on Saturday, april 1st and Sunday, April 2nd.

This year’s competition will be limited to 350 total entries with a limit of 6 entries per brewer and no more than 2 entries per brewer in any one sub-style. The cost per entry will be $7.00. 

2017 Coconut Cup

2017 Coconut Cup

Link to coconut cup web page!
What is it?

The Coconut Cup homebrew competition began 19 years ago as a challenge between the Miami Area Society of Homebrewers (MASH) and the Ft. Lauderdale Area Brewers (FLAB) homebrewing clubs. Participation has grown to include other Florida homebrewing clubs and we have invited homebrewers from across the Southeast to participate in our competition. The 2017 Coconut Cup will be the 18th Coconut Cup sanctioned by the Beer Judge Competition Program / American Homebrewers Association.

In 2014, MASH added the first Coconut Cup Keg Competition to the mix. We will be continuing that tradition this year.

When is it?

March 3-4, 2017

Where is it?

M.I.A. Beer Company Map / Directions
10400 NW 33rd Street, Suite 150
Doral, FL 33172

Guidelines and Information

This year’s competition will follow the 2015 BJCP’s Guidelines for sanctioned competitions and will be part of the Florida Circuit. Entries will be accepted from all BJCP Beer, Mead, and Cider Style Categories – as well as a special “Coconut Beer” category; categories may be collapsed as necessary. Entries will be evaluated based on the 2015 BJCP guidelines. The competition organizers and judges may enter the competition. Judges may not judge categories in which they have submitted entries. All entries must have been brewed at home. Entries brewed at commercial establishments, including brew-on-premises, shops, schools, etc. are ineligible.

The Coconut Cup allows no more than six entries per brewer / brewing team. No more than two entries per sub-category can be submitted by any brewer / brewing team. Total entries for this year’s competition will be capped at 450.

Your registration is not committed until payment is received. The competition fee is $7 per entry. Payment will be accepted exclusively through PayPal via the online entry system. No refunds will be permitted after a registered entry is paid for.

All Beer entries must be in 10-12 oz. brown or green glass. No bottles with ink, name-brand lettering (i.e. Corona), or glued or taped on paper labels. Raised NO DEPOSIT, brand names, or manufacturing codes are acceptable. Beers must be capped with crown caps. Meads & Ciders may be entered in 6 to 12 oz bottles. Grolsch-type swing tops are acceptable for meads and ciders. No 22 ounce bombers, 750 ml bottles or plastic bottles are permitted. Bottles not meeting these requirements will be disqualified.

The entry window will be open from January 9 – February 2, 2017. Entries must be received by February 3, 2017 and should be shipped or dropped off at:

The Coconut Cup c/o M.I.A Beer Company, Attn: Bob Billany, 10400 NW 33rd Street, Suite 150, Doral, FL 33172
Paper entries will not be accepted. All entries must be entered via the online entry system which can be be accessed here: REGGIE CC-2017. The on-line entry system will create a bottle identification page for each entry. Please attach the completed bottle I.D. form to each bottle with a rubber band.

An entry consists of 3 bottles. If you choose to submit less than 3 bottles, you must mention the number of bottles in the comments when registering. Submitting two bottles will make the entry ineligible for Best of Show. Submitting 1 bottle will make the entry ineligible for any medal – although you will still receive a complete review and score sheet.

Preliminary judging will be held as required between February 4 – March 2, 2017.

Link to coconut cup web page!

Best Florida Beer 2016 is now OPEN!

The final homebrew competition of the 2016 circuit is now open for you to enter your beers. enter your beers, ciders, and meads now!

The Best Florida Beer Homebrew Championships is an AHA and BJCP sanctioned homebrewed beer, mead, and cider competition sponsored by Best Florida Beer. This is the final competition for the Florida Circuit Homebrew Competition, the year-long, state-wide competition to find the best homebrewer and the best homebrew club in Florida.

Entry Submissions Open – 8/13/16
Entry Submissions Close – 9/10/16

More information on the BFB –>

Registration link

22nd Commander SAAZ homebrew competition is coming up this September!

I would like to inform you that the 22nd Commander SAAZ homebrew competition is coming up this September!

We were the largest homebrew competition in the State of Florida last year, and expect record turnout this year (800+ entries)! I ask that all available judge please come out and help judge some delicious homebrewed beer at our prejudging and judging events.

*****Early Round Judging*****
Dates: Sept. 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th.
Location: The Mansion 1218 E. New Haven Ave. Melbourne, FL 32901
Time: 10AM – 5PM

Lunch will be provided 🙂

Afterwards you are welcome to enjoy The Mansion’s full bar complete with a great craft beer selection, eat dinner and browse the bottle shop as well!

Sign up here if you plan to attend.

Questions??? Email Nathan the competition director at


The Commander

9th Annual – 2016 First Coast Cup

Entry window opens 6/20!

The 9th Annual – 2016 First Coast Cup

July 29th & 30th
Entry Window – June 20th
Drop Off Deadline – July 8th

Entries to be capped at 600. Brewers will be allowed to enter a maximum of four (4) beers for the first week of open registration and then up to an additional three (3) beers for a total of seven (7) for the remainder of the entry window. Enter early.

For more information please visit