CarbondALE Homebrew Competition

Thank you to all the 2023 CarbondALE Homebrew Competition participants. Check out the competition results by clikcing below.

$100 store credit to Hobby Homebrew for Best of Show

$50 store credit to Hobby Homebrew for the next 5 Runner-ups

Entry Dates

April 1st to April 21st


April 29th

Awards Ceremony

Friday May 5th at CarbondALE Brew Fest

Entry Fee

$7 per entry



  1.  Entry: Submit two 10-14 ounce bottles with no distinguishing marks on the bottle or cap. Blacked-out caps are OK. 
  2. Entrant Information Form: Please complete this ONE TIME ONLY for each entrant. No club affiliation is necessary to enter. 
  3. Entry Listing Form: Only one Entrant Info Form per person is needed, but use an additional copy of the Entry Listing Form for each beer entry. Please include any additional notes that are required by BJCP guidelines for styles 6D, 16E, 17F, 20, 21, 22B, 22C, 25C, 26A, 27E, and 28B-D. See BJCP style guidelines for the specific requirements. (complete recipe not required)
  4. Bottle Identification Labels: Cut out the bottle labels and affix a Bottle Label with the requisite information to each bottle with rubber band(s) – do not use tape or glue to attach the labels. Be sure to include the Entry Number, the BJCP category code (e.g. 2B for Bohemian Pilsner), the Style Name, and any additional information needed. Please ensure that the information on the Bottle Label is complete and matches that on the Entry Listing and Entrant Information Forms. There is no limit on the number of entries an individual may submit, but only one entry per sub-category will be allowed 
  5. Payment: The cost is $7 per entry. Payments can be made online at Paypal or by check. Checks must be made out for the total amount of your entries, need to be made out to "Southern Illinois Brewers'', and can be mailed to Fermentation Science Institute, Mail Code 6833, Southern Illinois University, 1785 University Press Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901. 
  6. Shipping/Drop-off: All entries must be sent to one of the locations below. (Do not ship via USPS). Pack your entries carefully and time them to arrive by April 21st, 2023 deadline. All entries will be refrigerated upon receipt. Late entries will not be accepted. Please make sure you specify your drop off location and number of entries when you register online prior to dropping off your entries.
  7. Judging: Final judging is on Saturday, April 29th 2023. Categories may be combined if there are insufficient entries in a given category. If categories are combined, your beer will be judged and scored based on the category you entered it into. All the scores in the combined category will be ranked, and the highest score will be selected as category winner and move onto Best in Show.
  8. Awards: All entrants are invited to attend Carbondale Brew Fest* at the Carbondale Town Square Pavilion on Friday, May 5th, starting at 6 PM (early entry for VIP). Medals and or ribbons will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category, including Best in Show.

*Festival admission is a separate fee.

  1. Results: Results will be posted as soon as possible online after the festival. Any score sheets and/or awards not picked-up at the awards ceremony will be mailed as soon as possible after the festival.
  2. Contact Information: For further information, please contact the Competition Organizer, Granger Young at [email protected]

Entries shipped to or dropped-off at:


Southern Illinois University Fermentation Science Institute

 1785 University Press Dr.

Mail code 6833

Carbondale, Il 62901


Additional drop-off locations:

Molly's Pint Brewpub

12 N. 13th St. Murphysboro, Il 62966




Shoehorn Brewing

225 E. Main St. Belleville,Il 62220

The Hop Brewery

203 W. Market St, Christopher, Il 62822

The Hangar 9

511 S Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL 62901

Carbondale, Il 62901