Best Florida Beer Judging and Stewarding


Best Florida Beer needs our help! The last full weekend of homebrew competition judging is October 7th and 8th. There are 4 sessions that you can choose to sign up and steward or judge. Judges should preferably be BJCP certified but if you are Cicerone Certified, a pro brewer or hold another sensory certification please register to judge as well. You will be paired up with one of the BJCP judges and this will help provide comprehensive and meaningful feedback to our entrants.

Visit the Reggie beer website by clicking this link to register.

Meeting this weekend!

We hope you made it through Hurricane Irma with very little cleanup to do. We are going to have our monthly meeting this Sunday, September 17th  2pm at Rapp Brewing.

We will be having our intraclub competition which is open to all styles. There will be 3 great prizes to award the top 3 winners. Technically everyone is a winner! We will reimburse you for your first entry into the Best Florida Beer Homebrew Competition. Just  forward the Paypal email receipt to A member will also be running the entries from the meeting to 81Bay so bring them with.

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Also Best Florida Beer has extended registration and the drop-off deadline to September 22nd. All of the original dates have been pushed back a week due to hurricane Irma. This includes the awards ceremony which is now scheduled for October 14th 7pm at 81Bay Brewing in Tampa.

September 22nd – Submission deadline

September 23rd – Sorting -> sign up here to volunteer

September 30th & October 1st – Judging Weekend 1

October 7th & 8th – Judging Weekend 2

October 14th – Final Judging

October 14th – Awards Ceremony 7pm at 81Bay Brewing Company

Competition Update

Commander Saaz

Entry for Commander Saaz ends August 21st. It is important to make sure your entries are paid for, categorized, and named before midnight on the 21st when entry closes.

Entries must be delivered to Rapp Brewing for transport to the space coast by August 23rd. It is HIGHLY recommended that you contribute money with your entries to cover the cost of gas, time and effort to transport your entries. You can leave money with your entries or paypal Robert Bandl at

2017 PUBguild Intraclub Finale

For our final intraclub competition will open the field up to any style beer, cider and mead. Any paid member who enters will receive 1 paid entry for Best Florida Beer. Forward your BFB pay-pal email receipt to for reimbursement after the September meeting.

  • 1st Place – 32oz Growler and fill of any beer on tap from Rapp Brewing & PUBguild Taster
  • 2nd Place – 7″ x 5″ RARE Vinyl/Weatherproof PUBguild Diecut Crest Sticker
  • 3rd Place – TBHI 16oz can glass

Best Florida Beer

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 they 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.

June Wrap Up


2017 – 2018 Membership Renewals

All current memberships expire July 1. In order to renew or join the guild you may use the PayPal buttons below or pay with cash at the July 8th Meeting. Please bring your current membership card to be validated or pick up any new membership cards at the meeting.

Full Year Single Membership $25.00 (Expires July 1, 2018)

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Full Year Family Membership $40.00 (Expires July 1, 2018)

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2017 – 2018 Leadership Core

After nominations we performed a quick yay or nay vote to approve the nominees since we had just one per role. The vote was successful and our leadership core is set for the coming year. During the next vote in 2018 the Events Coordinator / “President” and Treasurer position will be available due to term limits. If you are interested in ether position members in good standing should feel free to get involved by assisting with either duty. This will prepare you to hold one of these fun, exciting and important positions.

Events Coordinator / “President” – Paul Sorice
Treasurer – Robert Bandl
Marketing – Lisa Bandl
Secretary – Bob Walker
Competition Coordinator – Chris Mc

Intraclub Competition

We judged all of the Pale Commonwealth style beers this past month as our educational topic. One of our goals was to encourage exploration of uncommon styles and for members to enter the beers in BJCP competition. The results are as follows.

  • 1st Steve Wilson – Australian Sparkling
  • 2nd – Mike Masut – IPA
  • 3rd- Paul Sorice – Australian Sparkling

NHC Update

Chris McAlexander won a gold medal for his Cantaloupe Mead in the National Homebrew competition!

Sunshine Challenge Update

Unfortunately Sunshine Challenge judging was roughly 1/2 completed as of the Awards Brunch. Some results were announced but because we feel that Gold medal winners should not have been announced prior to BOS judging we will not be posting any of the current results until the competition is complete. Medals received will be presented at our July 8th meeting.

Central Florida Homebrewers announced at the brunch that they hope to have final results in about 2 weeks time. We are awaiting a new judging schedule and plan so we can offer assistance or at least get the word out to BJCP judges.

Serving and Fellowship

PUBuild joined the Suncoast Barley Mashers and Special Hopperations at Vetterbrew to serve up a plethora of sour beers. Everything served was simply amazing and we wish we could have shared this great beer sooner.