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Current Medal Category Counts

Table Number Table Name Count
51 Light Lagers and Ales 24 [Full]
52 European Lager 24 [Full]
53 Pale Bitter European 24 [Full]
54 Amber/Dark European 23
55 German & Belgian Wheat 21
56 British Bitter & Pale 18
57 British Brown 24 [Full]
58 Scottish & Irish 18
59 American Ales and Session IPA 24 [Full]
60 Belgian Ale 23
61 Specialty Session Ale 24 [Full]
62 Wild,Sour,Smoked & Woody 24 [Full]
64 Lawnmower Beer 19

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Entries dropped off at the drop off locations shall be in sealed boxes. The drop off locations have been instructed to not take your entries in six pack holders. If you somehow get the drop off location to take your entries in a six pack holder, we will disqualify your entries at login. You have been warned.


We are using Paypal exclusively this year. The system is set to pay before print so you will need to pay your fees before you can print your entry sheets and bottle labels. You do not need to send your PayPal receipt as we will know you paid when we see the entry form and bottle labels.

This is an American Homebrewers Association and BJCP-sanctioned competition. This contest is open to all amateur hombrewers and is restricted to non-commercial, home brewed beers. Items produced on the premises of commercial breweries, including brew-on-premises establishments, are not eligible.

The competition is open to styles of beer traditionally considered "session beers" and generally having an original gravity of 1.050 or less. Beer Judge Certification Program criteria will be used in judging the entries.

Entries are restricted to one per sub-category, with no limit for the overall category with this clarification: Styles based on other styles must be based on one of the other subcategories in the competition.

The overall competition is limiting entries to 300.

The spirit of this competition is session beers. We have included some sub-categories that have a possible OG larger than 1.050. If a beer is deemed to be larger than 1.050 OG, the organizer may exclude an entry from winning a medal. Please do not make us make that decision!

Packing Instructions:
If you desire to ship your entries, we recommend that you allow two inches of packing material between the borders of the box and your bottles. Fill spaces between the bottles with packing material (Styrofoam, ghost farts, etc). Wrapping each entry in bubble wrap is helpful. Enclose all entries in a plastic bag and seal the bag. Do not use the U.S. Mail -- it is illegal. UPS or other shippers may not accept your package if it is labeled "beer". You might list the contents as kitchen samples, yeast samples, yeast by-products, or homebrew supplies.


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
5A German Leichtbier5B Kölsch5C German Helles Exportbier
5D German Pils7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter
12A British Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale13A Dark Mild
13B British Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout
18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale
19B California Common19C American Brown Ale21B Specialty IPA
23A Berliner Weisse23D Lambic23G Gose
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale25B Saison
26A Belgian Single27A1 Kellerbier 27A2 Kentucky Common
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 London Brown Ale27A5 Piwo Grodziskie
27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A8 Roggenbier
28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer 28C Wild Specialty Beer
28D Straight Sour Beer29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Specialty Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable 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 34A Commercial Specialty Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer 35A Lawnmower (Custom Style)
36A Limbo American IPA Session Strength (Custom Style)37A Limbo English IPA Session Strength (Custom Style)LSX1 Dorada Pampeana
LSX4 Catharina Sour LSX5 New Zealand Pilsner 


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Sessions and Dates

Session Close Entry Period
Friday, July 28, 2023 11:59 PM, CDT

T53 - Pale Bitter European
Friday, August 4, 2023 3:00 PM, CDT

T57 - British Brown
Friday, August 4, 2023 3:00 PM, CDT

T58 - Scottish & Irish
Friday, August 4, 2023 3:00 PM, CDT

T51 - Light Lagers and Ales
Saturday, August 5, 2023 8:00 AM, CDT

T52 - European Lager
Saturday, August 5, 2023 8:00 AM, CDT

T55 - German & Belgian Wheat
Saturday, August 5, 2023 8:00 AM, CDT

T64 - Lawnmower
Saturday, August 5, 2023 12:00 PM, CDT

T54 - Amber/Dark European
Saturday, August 5, 2023 1:00 PM, CDT

T59 - American Ales and Session IPA
Saturday, August 5, 2023 1:00 PM, CDT

T61 - Specialty Session Ale
Saturday, August 5, 2023 1:00 PM, CDT

T60 - Belgian Ale
Sunday, August 6, 2023 11:00 AM, CDT

T62 - Wild, Sour, Smoked & Woody
Sunday, August 6, 2023 11:00 AM, CDT

T56 - British Bitter & Pale
Sunday, August 6, 2023 1:00 PM, CDT


Best of Show

The 1st place entry in each table (except Lawnmower) will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with the three top Best of Show beers being selected.



Prizes: First, Second, and Third Place medals will be awarded to entries in each Table (Medal Category). Additionally, First place receives an etched glass! The Limbo Challenge Medals are some of best in the LSC.

First place in the Lawnmower Beer Table will receive the Limbo coveted Golden Lawnmower blade. Second and third places receive trophies as well.

The Limbo committee reserve the right to collapse a category into another if sufficient entries are not received.

Awards will be available for pick up after the ceremony concludes. Awards not picked up will be mailed to participants. Score sheets are electronic and will be available on the BCOEM system via the entrant's account page. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

Disclaimer: All decisions of the Limbo Challenge Committee and Judging Staff are final. Be assured that every effort will be made to create an uncompromising, blind-tasting environment for the judging of all entries.


Awards Ceremony

Beyer's House
Saturday, August 26, 2023 2:00 PM, CDT


Circuit Qualification

Lone Star Circuit