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Thank you for your interest in the The Crystal Lederhosen organized by Scranton Brewer's Guild.

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6th Annual Crystal Lederhosen Homebrewed Beer Competition!

Please read the all the rules.

  • This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition.  
  • Open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older. No professional brewers.
  • All entries must be preregistered online per the entry window. All entries must be paid online.
  • All entrees must be received at drop off locations by deadine dates.  No exceptions.

Entries will be judged prior to the awards ceremony at Cooper's Seafood House. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED at Cooper's outside of the acceptance window closing date.

  • All entries must be handcrafted products, made using private equipment by homebrewers -- no use of commercial facilities or brew-on-premises operations, no collaborations with professional brewers on production equipment ("pro-am" beers).

The competition is open to all 2015 BJCP beer, mead and cider styles with exception of:

  • 30A Spice, Herb and Vegetable Beer is replaced by 30A Champion's Cup category.  
    • 30A - Champion's Cup is a mead/cider/beer made with last year's BOS winner's selected special ingredient.  
    • For 2019: Cranberry 
    • If not made with special required ingredient, the beer/mead/cider will not be judged.
  • 34A Clone Beer is not accepted, but you can enter your clone beers in the approbrate style and be judged to the style.

Limited to 10 entries max, and 1 entry per BJCP sub category. 

Mead entrants and "Brewer's Specifics" Note: Brewer's Specifics is to be used only to overcome a software bug with traditional meads, and braggots.  Please put base style of a braggot, or honey variety used in this field.  All other entrants should not use this field, as it is not necessary. (If the defect is fixed then this field and rule will be removed.)  

Styles will be grouped into the awards categories listed below. Please see BJCP for information on styles.

The 2015 edition of the BJCP Style Guidelines will be used to judge all entries. It is the brewer's responsibility to determine the correct category / subcategory in which to enter their beer(s), and to provide additional information where required. (The online entry forms will prompt you for all necessary information, such as special ingredients, style descriptors for meads and ciders, etc.) The competition is not responsible for beers entered in the wrong category, or missing information that would be useful to the judges.

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 Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the category winners, and based on the entry that is best brewed to the style per 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

Any deviation from the rules established here MUST be confirmed by the competition organizer and/or committee prior to the entry due date or else entries may be disqualified. If you have any questions about the rules for this competition please contact the organizer! We are not responsible if you fail to understand or follow the rules and your entries are judged inappropriately or disqualified.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

Award Categories and BJCP Styles

     BJCP Cat#    BJCP STYLE

01 - Amber/Brown Ale

07B Altbier
13A Dark Mild
13B British Brown Ale
15A Irish Red Ale
19A American Amber Ale
19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale
27A London Brown Ale

02 - Belgians

24C Bière de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison
25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26B Belgian Dubbel
26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

03 - IPA

12C English IPA
21A American IPA
21B Specialty IPA - Belgian IPA
21B Specialty IPA - Black IPA
21B Specialty IPA - Brown IPA
21B Specialty IPA - Red IPA
21B Specialty IPA - Rye IPA
21B Specialty IPA - White IPA

04 - Lagers

01A American Light Lager
01B American Lager
02A International Pale Lager
02B International Amber Lager
02C International Dark Lager
03A Czech Pale Lager
03B Czech Premium Pale Lager
03C Czech Amber Lager
03D Czech Dark Lager
05A German Leichtbier
05C German Helles Exportbier
05D German Pils
06A Märzen
06C Dunkles Bock
07A Vienna Lager
07C Amber Kellerbier
07C Pale Kellerbier
08A Munich Dunkel
08B Schwarzbier
27A Pre-Prohibition Lager

05 - Pale Ales

11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter
12A British Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale
18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale
24B Belgian Pale Ale

06 - Porter & Stout

09C Baltic Porter
13C English Porter
15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout
16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout
16D Foreign Extra Stout
20A American Porter
20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout
27A Pre-Prohibition Porter

07 - Mead

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

08 - Cider

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

09 – Wheat/ Rye

01D American Wheat Beer
10A Weissbier
10B Dunkles Weissbier
10C Weizenbock
24A Witbier
27A Roggenbier
27A Sahti

10 – Wiener Dog Class

01C Cream Ale
04C Helles Bock
05B Kölsch
14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export
26A Trappist Single
27A Gose
29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Specialty Fruit Beer

11 – Strong Arm Class

09A Doppelbock
09B Eisbock
22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine
22D Wheatwine
30C Winter Seasonal Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer

12 - Barrel Class

06B Rauchbier
17A British Strong Ale
17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine
23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale
23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic
23E Gueuze
23F Fruit Lambic
27A Kentucky Common
27A Lichtenhainer
27A Piwo Grodziskie
28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty 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

13 - Fall und Oktoberfest Beers

04A Munich Helles
04B Festbier
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer

14 - Champions Cup

30A Champion's Cup  -  2019's special ingredient cranberry!
Prior years' special ingredients:

  • 2015: Honey
  • 2016: Coffee
  • 2017: Maple Syrup
  • 2018: Vanilla

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Candice Dolgash — Competition Administrator
  • Dan Schreffler — Registration Administrator
  • Sean Wolfe — Competition Organizer


Scranton Brewer's Guild is proud to have the following sponsors for the The Crystal Lederhosen.

Coopers Seafood
701 North Washington Ave Scranton, PA 18509
Coopers Seafood
Event Sponsor
Benny Brewing Co.
1429 Sans Souci Parkway Wilkes-Barre, PA
Benny Brewing Co.
Champion's Cup Sponsor
Breaker Brewing Company
787 East Northampton St Wilkes-Barre Twp. PA 18702.
Breaker Brewing Company
Keg Level Sponsor
Space Time Mead & Cider Works
419 S Blakely St. Dunmore, Pa. 18512
Space Time Mead & Cider Works
Mead Class, Cider Class, and Keg Level Sponsor
Wallenpaupack Brewing Company
73 Welwood Ave, Hawley, PA 18428
Wallenpaupack Brewing Company
Best in Show & Keg Level Sponsor
North Slope Brewing Company
33 Tunkhannock Highway on Route 309 in Dallas, PA
North Slope Brewing Company
Growler Level Sponsor
Blichmann Engineering
Blichmann Engineering
In-kind Sponsor
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.
In-kind Sponsor
In-kind Sponsor
Montage Mountain
1000 Montage Mountain Rd Scranton, Pennsylvania
Montage Mountain
In-kind Sponsor