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Thank you for your interest in the 25th Annual Eight Seconds of Froth organized by High Plains Drafters, Cheyenne, Wy.

Our competition is the second oldest on the front range, and one of the oldest in the United States, starting in 1993 with less than 40 entries. In 2018, we received 377 entries from over 170 entrants throughout the United States. We typically employ a staff of 40-50 judges and stewards to ensure every beer is fairly judged and handled during our competition.

New to homebrew competitions? Learn how to prepare your beer, cider or mead for competition entry.

Why Should I Enter? Aside from the accolades you can receive from your homebrewing peers, competitions exist primarily as a way to gain unbiased feedback on your beer.

How is My Beer Judged? Each entry is judged by at least one BJCP certified judge and will receive feedback from a pair of judges assigned to your entry's category. Certified judges are educated in sensory perception and tested on their perceptive ability and knowledge of beer styles and brewing process. Once first round judging is complete, a best of show beer is chosen among the top beers in each category. Additionally a best of show entry is chosen for cider and for mead.

What is a ProAm? Among all the top placing beers (1st through 3rd place), professional brewers chose a beer and brewer to brew a beer at their commercial brewery. This beer can then be entered in the Great American Beer Festival ProAm competition. Since this is a Brewer's Association event, only AHA Member homebrewers are eligible for ProAm selection.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Judge and Steward Registration is Open

If you have not registered and are willing to be a volunteer, please register.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu.

Rules

Awards Ceremony: April 27th, 5pm @ Cheyenne Beverage judging location.

This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

Three bottles per entry are recommended. Two bottles are the minimum Entries without a 3rd bottle may not be eligible for pro-am consideration. 12oz brown glass bottles are preferred. Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

All mailed entries must received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the entry deadline by 12:00 noon.

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 competition organizers are 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.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. For example, participants may enter a Belgian Pale (16B) and Belgian Saison (16C), but may not enter two Saisons, even if they are different brews.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Fred Hirsch — Cellar Master
  • Fred Hirsch — Judge Coordinator
  • Doug Schmidt — Competition Coordinator

Sponsors

High Plains Drafters is proud to have the following sponsors for the 25th Annual Eight Seconds of Froth.

Accomplice Beer Company
Cheyenne Wyoming
Accomplice Beer Company
Pro-Am sponsor
Altitude Chophouse & Brewery
Laramie Wyoming
Altitude Chophouse & Brewery
Pro-Am Sponsor
Cheyenne Beverage
 
Cheyenne Beverage
Venue Sponsor
Freedom's Edge Brewing Co.
1509 Pioneer Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001
Freedom's Edge Brewing Co.
Brew for a Day
Gruner Brothers Brewing
1301 Wilkins Cir, Casper, WY 82601
Gruner Brothers Brewing
Pro-Am Sponsor
Lander Brewing Company
148 Main St, Lander, Wyoming 82520
Lander Brewing Company
Brew on Premise Sponsor
One Eye'd Buffalo Brewing Company
Thermopolis WY
One Eye'd Buffalo Brewing Company
Pro-Am sponsor
Spike Brewing
 
Spike Brewing
Donating Prizes
Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
 
Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
Donating Prizes
MicroMatic
 
MicroMatic
Donating Prizes
American Homebrewer's Association
 
American Homebrewer's Association
Donating Prizes
BrewCraft
 
BrewCraft
Donating Prizes
Briess Malting Company
 
Briess Malting Company
Donating Prizes
BSG Handcraft
 
BSG Handcraft
Donating Prizes
Cargill Malting
 
Cargill Malting
Donating Prizes
Elevated Fermentations
2245 W Eisenhower Blvd, Loveland, CO 80537
Elevated Fermentations
Donating Prizes
Five Star Chemicals
Commerce City CO
Five Star Chemicals
Donating Prizes
Fresh Hops
Philomath, OR
Fresh Hops
Donating Hops
Imperial Yeast
 
Imperial Yeast
Keg Connection
 
Keg Connection
Donating Prizes
Norco
Cheyenne
Norco
Donating Prizes
Omega Yeast Labs
USA
Omega Yeast Labs
Donating Prizes
Oscar Blues Brewery
303 Main St, Lyons, CO 80540
Oscar Blues Brewery
Donating Prizes
Snowy Elk Coffee
 
Snowy Elk Coffee
Donating Prizes
Verboten Brewing And Barrel Project
127 E 5th St, Loveland, CO 80537
Verboten Brewing And Barrel Project
Donating Prizes
White Labs
 
White Labs
Donating Prizes
Wyeast
 
Wyeast
Donating Prizes
Wyoming Malting Company
Pine Pluffs Wyoming
Wyoming Malting Company
Donating Grain
Yakima Chief Hops
306 Division St, Yakima, WA 98902
Yakima Chief Hops
Donating Hops
Quirky's Homebrew
425 W 115th Ave #6, Northglenn, CO 80234
Quirky's Homebrew
Donating Prizes
The Brew Hut
15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014
The Brew Hut
Donating Prizes