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The Limbo Challenge competition is open to the following categories. Please refer to the 2021 BJCP style guidelines from the BJCP web site for complete style descriptions.

Updated 05/16/2023: Added three local styles in the back of the 2021 guidelines. Removed the 21B1-6 as individual styles.

Updated 11/12/2022: Dropped the seltzer and cider medal category and switched to the BJCP 2021 Guidelines

We are limiting the medal categories to 24 entries max, except T64 Lawnmower is unlimited. Enter early to reserve your spot. Unpaid entries older than 1 hour old will be deleted to avoid unpaid entries blocking entrants from entering.

Light Lagers and Ales - T51

1A   American Light Lager
1B   American Lager
1C   Cream Ale
1D   American Wheat Beer
18A   Blonde Ale
27A6 Historical Beer   Pre-prohibition Lager

European Lager - T52

2A   International Pale Lager
2B   International Amber Lager
2C   International Dark Lager
3A   Czech Pale Lager
3B   Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C   Czech Amber Lager
3D   Czech Dark Lager
4A   Munich Helles

Pale Bitter European - T53

5A   German Leichtbier
5B   Kölsch
5C   German Helles Exportbier
5D   German Pils
LSX5   New Zealand Pilsner

Amber/Dark European - T54

7A   Vienna Lager
7B   Altbier
8A   Munich Dunkel
8B   Schwarzbier
27A1   Kellerbier - includes Amber and Pale

German & Belgian Wheat - T55

10A   Weissbier
10B   Dunkles Weissbier
24A   Witbier
27A8 Historical Beer   Roggenbier

British Bitter & Pale - T56

11A   Ordinary Bitter
11B   Best Bitter
12A   British Golden Ale
12B   Australian Sparkling Ale

British Brown - T57

13A   Dark Mild
13B   British Brown Ale
13C   English Porter

27A4 Historical Beer   London Brown Ale

Scottish & Irish - T58

14A   Scottish Light
14B   Scottish Heavy
15A   Irish Red Ale
15B   Irish Stout

American Ales and Session IPA - T59

18B   American Pale Ale
19A   American Amber Ale

19B   California Common
19C   American Brown Ale
21B   Specialty IPA Session Strength
27A2 Historical Beer   Kentucky Common
27A7 Historical Beer   Pre-prohibition Porter
36A   Limbo American IPA Session Strength - Will be Judged as a 21A at Session Strength
37A   Limbo English IPA Session Strength - Will be Judged as a 12C at Session Strength
LSX1   Dorada Pampeana

Belgian Ale - T60

24B   Belgian Pale Ale
25B   Saison - Table Strength
26A   Trappist Single

Specialty Session Ale - T61

29A   Fruit Beer - Session Strength
29B   Fruit & Spice Beer
29C   Specialty Fruit Beer
30A   Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

30D   Specialty Spice Beer
31A   Alternative Grain Beer - Session Strength
31B   Alternative Sugar Beer - Session Strength
34A   Commercial Specialty Beer - Session Strength
34B   Mixed-Style Beer - Session Strength
34C   Experimental Beer - Session Strength

Wild, Sour, Smoked & Woody - T62

23A   Berliner Weiss
23D   Lambic
23G   Gose

28A   Brett Beer
28B   Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer
28C   Wild Specialty Beer
28D   Straight Sour Beer
32A   Classic Style Smoked Beer
32B   Specialty Smoked Beer
33A   Wood-Aged Beer
27A3 Historical Beer   Lichtenhainer
27A5 Historical Beer   Piwo Grodziskie
LSX4   Catharina Sour

Cider and Seltzer - T63 Has been dropped from the competition

Special Category : Lawnmower Beer      Category #: 35A, T64

This special category will be judged separately and is not eligible for Best of Show. A special "Golden Blade" trophy will be awarded to the winning entrant. This category is open to any style of beer, cider, or seltzer, including those that do not fit a BJCP style category. These entries will not be judged according to BJCP guidelines. Rather, in the spirit of the session beer theme of the Limbo Challenge, judges will be instructed to grade the entries based on how refreshing they are. Judges will be asked to picture themselves in North Texas in mid-August having just mowed the lawn. Those of you in cooler climes will have to use your imagination - those of us around these parts live it every year! The judges will have to determine which beer would best "hit the spot" after a grueling day under the Texas sun.

A few special rules apply to the Lawnmower Beer category:

(1) One entry per brewer

(2) Only two bottles are required

The Limbo Challenge is open to homebrewed beers in the categories listed above. See the allowed entry count limitations on the Competition Rules page and the score sheet fee schedule on home page. Payment is via Paypal only and you must pay for your entries before printing your bottle lables and entry sheet.

For each entry except Lawnmower, send three 10-12 oz. bottles. For Lawnmower send 2 bottles. Use brown bottles and remove all commercial and homemade labels and identifying markings. Use unmarked caps or obscure all markings and colors with a sharpie. A completed bottle label must be attached to each bottle with a rubber band -- no tape or glue. Any entry not meeting the above requirements will be disqualified. See full rules for complete information.

Ship your entries with your registrations form and check to, or drop them off at the locations listed on the Home page.

The Style Guidelines document used in the Limbo Challenge is available at these links: 
Beer Guidelines

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