Hurricane Blowoff Homebrew Competition


The results are in!

Entry Window OpensFebruary 27th
Entry Window ClosesMarch 20th
Pre-JudgingMarch 28th and 29th - 9AM to 6PM
Pre-JudgingApril 3rd (if needed) and 4th - 9AM to 6PM
JudgingApril 10th - 11th
Award CeremonyApril 11th @ 7:00

The Palm Beach Draughtsmen’s 20th annual Hurricane Blowoff, always an AHA/BJCP certified homebrew, mead and cider competition, will come ashore in suburban West Palm Beach @  El Encanto during the weekend of April 10th.  The entry window will open on February 27 and close on March 20.  Entries will be capped at 500. All 2015 dues paid club members will get their first two entries for free!

Pre-judging will be on March 28th and 29th from 9 AM to 6 PM, with additional pre-judging on April 3rd and 4th, if needed.  Judging will commence on Friday April 10th @ 12pm – ?? and judging on Saturday April 11th from 9am – ?? followed by the Best of Show.  The awards dinner (great food and homebrew!), party and excellent raffle will follow the BOS, starting @ 7pm at El  Encanto . If you would like to judge or steward, please indicate that on the on-line entry form below.  Even if you have never participated in a homebrew competition, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the 28 categories of beer, mead and cider, so we encourage you to join us!!


The Hurricane Blowoff Competition is open to all home brewers.  No commercial entries or entries brewed at a commercial establishment will be accepted.

How to Enter

Each entry will consist of three (3), 10 to 16 ounce (beer) or 6 to 16 ounce (meads and ciders) bottles, which must be brown or green colored glass only.  All bottles must be free of ink name-brand lettering, and paper labels. Raised “NO DEPOSIT”, or manufacturing codes are acceptable, as are Sam Adams-style bottles which contain minimal raised glass. Bottle caps must be blacked out to eliminate any identifying markings or graphics. Grolsch-type or swing top bottles are not eligible. Bottles not meeting these requirements may be disqualified. You may submit as many entries as you’d like, but no more than one for each sub-category will be allowed.  If you have any questions about bottle eligibility, please contact Joe Peters at :

Entries will be accepted starting on February 27 and must be received by 5pm on Friday, March 20th. The entry fee is $7 per entry, payable via PayPal. You will have the opportunity to pay once you enter your beers through ReggieBeer Do not send checks or cash. A completed entry form must accompany every entry. Attach a completed bottle ID form to each bottle with a rubber band only. Glued or taped ID forms will not be accepted and those entries will be disqualified.


All 2008 BJCP beer, mead and cider categories (28 total) and associated sub-categories will be accepted in this competition.  Each entrant is responsible for placing his or her entries in the proper category-we are not mind readers (though we wish we were!).  Be sure to select the correct category number and sub-category letter on your entry and bottle ID forms. All entries will be judged according to your information and classifications listed on your forms and failure to supply a fully completed entry form may result in the entry being judged in the wrong category/subcategory.  The Palm Beach Draughtsmen reserve the right to combine categories depending on number of entries.  Visit the BJCP @, for a copy of the current Style Guidelines and for additional style information.  First, Second, and Third place medals will be awarded for each category.  A Best of Show award will be presented for beer and mead/ciders and the highly sought-after Cat 5 award will be presented to the brewer with the highest overall point total!


Ship entries to:
Joe Peters
5725 Corporate Way, Suite 102
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Please contact Joe with any shipping questions at (561) 385-4281.


Bring a tent and camp @ El Encanto!  Plenty of room to pitch a tent and you only have to stumble a few steps back to your tent rather than drive!  If you’re not into the great outdoors, contact us about available PBD members’ places to crash at, or, there are a couple of nearby hotels:  The Royal Inn (Royal Palm Beach) and The Hampton Inn (Wellington).

Enter Your Award-Winning Brews Here
(First two entries are free for PBD members!)

 Questions? Click here!

Competition Organizer – Joe Peters
Registrar – Pat Fossett
Steward Director – TJ Delaney
Judge Director – Joe Simon