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This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older. Professional brewers are also welcome as long as their beer is brewed on a home-system and not a professonal system.

This competition is open to ALL beer, mead and cider represented in the 2021 BJCP categories and sub-categories.

All entries shall consist of three 12oz,350 ml, crown-capped bottles (no swing-tops) or cans. This is strictly for uniformiity so we can stack cases of equal size in our refrigeration trailer. We are unable to make exceptions. NOTE: Attach bottle/can labels with rubber bands only; DO NOT tape or glue labels to the bottle or can!

For Mead entries and Mead entries ONLY. 3 Bottles of a minimum of 7 oz consitute an acceptable entry.

Make sure you designate the proper drop-off location on the pull-down when you enter your beer(s) on the registration page. Mark your beers' box or container "COHO Spring Fling" since many drop-off locations are accepting beers for several compeititions.

Entry fee is $10 (USD) per entry and we will only be accepting online payments. Please do not send or drop-off cash or a check with your entries. This is to prevent confusion and the potential loss of entry funds that we have experienced in the past. If you do not want to pay via PayPal on this website, you are able to utilize Zelle to send your payment directly to If using Zelle, please indicate the entry number(s) that are being paid for in the comment section so we can update your entry(s) status accordingly.

All mailed entries must be received in Redmond, the shipping drop-off location, by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time (the shipping deadline is approx. 1 week prior to the entry deadline).

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the weekend immediately following the entry deadline, on Friday, April 12th.

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.).

This competition will be utilizing the BJCP 2021 Guidelines.

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 and feedback to the entrants 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 may enter more than one beer in each category but may enter each subcategory only once. For example, in say category 25, participants may enter a Belgian Blond (25A), a Belgian Saison (25B) and a Belgian Golden Strong (25C), but may not enter two Saisons, etc., even if they are different brews (e.g. light & dark Saison). The exception to this rule is category 21B, Specialty IPA, and category 27, Historical Beer, since each has, in essence, multiple sub-categories. Additionally, Historical Beer & Specialty IPA are not limited to those listed in the BJCP guidelines; however, if the Historical Beer or Specialty IPA is not listed, the brewer MUST describe the style perameters so it may be properly judged. Spring Fling is recognizing Northeast-style IPA as a Specialty IPA.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on the number of entries in each category. 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.

COHO logoed medals with neck lanyards will be given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers; Best of Show (BOS) will receive a plaque in addition to the respective gold medal; BOS runner-up, Second runner-up & highest scoring entry will all receive ribbons plus their respective medals.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kölsch5C German Helles Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Märzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock
9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter12A British Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA13A Dark Mild13B British Brown Ale
13C English Porter14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout17A British Strong Ale
17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barley Wine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA 21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA 21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA 21B7 Brut IPA
21C Hazy IPA22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 23G Gose
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Bière de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Belgian Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer 27A1 Kellerbier
27A2 Kentucky Common27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 London Brown Ale
27A5 Piwo Grodziskie27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A8 Roggenbier27A9 Sahti28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer 28C Wild Specialty Beer 28D Straight Sour Beer
29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29C Specialty Fruit Beer
29D Grape Ale 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 30D Specialty Spice Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Commercial Specialty Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer C1A New World Cider
C1B English Cider C1C French Cider C1D New World Perry
C1E Traditional Perry C2A New England Cider C2B Cider with Other Fruit
C2C Applewine C2D Ice Cider C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices
C2F Specialty Cider/Perry M1A Dry Mead M1B Semi-Sweet Mead
M1C Sweet Mead M2A Cyser M2B Pyment
M2C Berry Mead M2D Stone Fruit Mead M2E Melomel
M3A Fruit and Spice Mead M3B Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead M4A Braggot
M4B Historical Mead M4C Experimental Mead  


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 1

Judging Sessions

Aspen Ridge Retirement Community - Thursday
Thursday, April 25, 2024 5:00 PM, PDT through Sunday, April 28, 2024 3:42 PM, PDT
1010 NE Purcell Blvd Bend, OR, 97701

Aspen Ridge Retirement Community- Friday
Friday, April 26, 2024 2:30 PM, PDT through Sunday, April 28, 2024 3:42 PM, PDT
1010 NE Purcell Blvd Bend, OR 97701

Aspen Ridge Retirement Community - Saturday AM
Saturday, April 27, 2024 8:30 AM, PDT through Sunday, April 28, 2024 3:42 PM, PDT
1010 NE Purcell Blvd Bend, OR 97701

Aspen Ridge Retirement Community - Saturday PM
Saturday, April 27, 2024 2:00 PM, PDT through Sunday, April 28, 2024 3:42 PM, PDT
1010 NE Purcell Blvd Bend, OR 97701

Aspen Ridge Retirement Community - Best Of Show - Sunday
Sunday, April 28, 2024 10:00 AM, PDT

Aspen Ridge Retirement Community - Awards Ceremony
Sunday, April 28, 2024 12:00 PM, PDT


Best of Show

Best of Show winner will receive the 2023 Spring Fling plaque & a BOS prize.

BOS Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, & Highest Scoring Entry will receive their respective ribbon plus a prize.



The awards ceremony will take place once BOS judging is completed.

COHO logoed medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes will be awarded to BOS Runner-Up, BOS Second Runner-Up, Highest Scoring Entry & Steward's Choice Award.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up by the entrant after the ceremony concludes. Score sheets not picked up will be emailed to participants. Awards not picked up will be mailed to the participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.


Awards Ceremony

Aspen Ridge Retirement Community
1010 NE Purcell Blvd, Bend, 97701
Sunday, April 28, 2024 12:00 PM, PDT


Circuit Qualification

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