Guidelines & Program Description for High Plains Brewing Circuit

Club Involvement Requirements

  • Competition must be at least 2 years old

    • Exceptions can only be made at the discretion of the organizing committee

    • Geographic requirement: The club and individual must be in one of the 8 regional states: OK, MO, KS, IA, SD, ND, MN & NE

  • Competition must average 150+ entries

    • Exceptions can only be made at the discretion of the organizing committee

    • Competition should be open to all mead, cider, and beer

  • Club must be current on dues; payment is due when each club confirms their involvement for the year.

    • Dues go to the Club and Brewer of the Year prizes

  • The host club will be contacted prior to the entry window to confirm circuit eligibility and desire

    • Will be listed on website as "eligible" prior to contact

    • Then listed as "Confirmed" once payment is received

Club Point Submission Process

  • Submitted within 3 weeks of competition date

  • Submitted in an approved format (typical format is the Winner’s export from BCOE, or equivalent)

  • Submitted with required information

    • Category + Subcategory (reported in BJCP style, e.g. 2A: German Pils, not "Light Lagers" or "Roasty Ales")

    • Place awarded

    • Brewer & Co-brewer name

    • Club name

Point Tally System

  • Entrants are awarded points for the highest score in each BJCP Category. Only the highest placing beer, mead or cider per 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines will be used for a brewer's points. Points are awarded as follows:

    • 1st Place = 5 points

    • 2nd Place = 3 points

    • 3rd Place = 1 points

  • Points are not cumulative for each BJCP Category.

For example, if a brewer earns two silver medals in a category, that does not equal 6 points for that category. Instead, it earns the brewer 3 points. Similarly, if a brewer wins multiple gold medals in a category, the max points allowed is 5. In other words, only a single highest placing beer per BJCP category will be used to determine total points.


An entrant wins 2nd place for 12A and 3rd place for 12C in a competition. This same entrant wins 2nd place in category 12 in a second competition.

  • The entrant will receive silver-medal points for 12A but will not receive bronze-medal points for the 12C.

  • No additional silver-medal points will be awarded for the second competition because the entrant has already achieved silver-medal points for this category.

  • If the entrant at some point wins a gold medal for a Category 12 entry at another High Plains competition, the silver-medal points will be replaced with gold-medal points.

Updated point status will be performed when the results have been reported by the individual competitions and the updated date will be reflected on the website.

In the event of a tie at the end of the year; the total number of gold, silver or bronze medals will be the tie-breaker.  This tie-breaker applies to all places (1st, 2nd or 3rd) of the Brewer of the Year and Club of the Year.


Both Brewer A and Brewer B have the same amount of points at the end of the year.

  • First tie-breaker - Total number of golds in a given year, regardless of category or whether points were awarded.  This means if Brewer A received 10 gold medals in a given year and Brewer B received 8 gold medals, Brewer A would be the High Plains Brewer of the Year.

  • If Brewer A and Brewer B have the same number of golds, then the tie-breaker moves to silver and then bronzes if both brewers have the same number of silver medals.

  • If Brewer A and Brewer B have the same number of golds, silvers and bronzes at the end of the year, then it will be a Co-Brewer of the Year since both brewers were equal in all aspects of consistency and excellent brewing.