BURP’s nationally recognized homebrew competition, held each spring, is the metropolitan Washington DC area’s largest amateur homebrew competition – going strong since 1992! It features:

  • Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) qualified judges who provide entrants with quality feedback in the form of written evaluations containing suggestions for improvement.
  • Great prizes such as brewing ingredients/equipment, apparel from well-known breweries, and gift certificates from local merchants. The 2018 competition had prizes with an estimated total retail value of greater than $4,000.
  • No limit on number of entries per brewer (but entering early is always recommended for all).
  • All BJCP beer/mead/cider styles accepted. $8 for all entries.

Spirit of Free Beer is also a qualifying event for the prestigious Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB) competition.

The 27th Spirit of Free Beer will be held in Silver Spring, MD on April 5-6, 2019. Judge and steward registration opens on February 1, 2019. Entry registration will open on February 28, 2019 and close on March 28, 2019. The link to the competition site is here

The 26th Annual Spirit of Free Beer Competition was held at Old Line Fine Wine and Bistro in Beltsville, MD on April 14, 2018. There were 343 entries. You can see all of the winners (for this competition and for several previous ones) at the links below.

Spirit of Free Beer Links:

2018 Competition Results
2018 Competition Poster/Handout

2017 Competition Results
2017 Competition Poster/Handout

2016 Competition Results
2016 Competition Poster/Handout

2015 Competition Results