Thank you for your interest in the Babble Brew-Off 2017 organized by Zumbier, 3232 W Monroe St, Waukegan, IL 60085.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Entry Registration is Open

To add your entries into the system, please proceed through the registration process or log in if you already have an account.

Judge and Steward Registration is Open

If you have not registered and are willing to be a judge or steward, please register.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu.


The Babble Brew off is an AHA & BJCP sanctioned competition open to any amateur home brewer age 21 or older.

The competition will be limited to 450 entries.

All 2015 BJCP categories of Beer, Mead, Cider will be accepted

All entries must be entered under the name of the brewer.

All mailed entries must received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time. PLEASE DO NOT OVER PACK YOUR ENTRIES

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations per the deadline noted for each location. Please double check and verify your drop off location's deadline.

Under no circumstances will walk-in entries be allowed.

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.).

Babble homebrewers, Perfect Brew Supply, Brew and Grow, Beer Camp, What's Brewing, Wine and Hop Shop, The Purple Foot, Northern Brewer, Chicago Brew Werks, and Grow Masters, or any of the competition drop off locations are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries. All possible efforts will be made to combine or group similar styles. Combined or grouped entries will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

Qualified judging of all entries 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 are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. With the exception of: TBD, and with the stipulation that the beer/mead/cider entered be unique by use of a different base style, spice or fruit additive. Example: Only 1 entry each of 2a, 2b and 2c are acceptable (3 entries). Or - Multiple entries of Category 29A are acceptable if 1 was a cherry stout and the other entry was a cherry pale ale or blueberry stout.

For example, participants may enter a Belgian Blonde Ale (24A) and Saison (25B), but may not enter two Saisons, even if they are different brews. Exceptions

Disclosure of special and base ingredients, along with sweetness, alcohol strength, and carbonation levels will be required per BJCP 2015 guidelines.

Recipes are not required. Should an entrant provide their recipe they will retain the rights to it.

Zumbier may tweak recipe to fit there brewing system. Beer brewed by Zumbier remains property of the Zumbier.

Categories with a small number of entries may be combined at the discretion of the competition organizers. The Competition Coordinator or other qualified person will review elements of beer categories and styles with each panel prior to judging.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a panel of senior level BJCP judges based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants for any reason.

All entries become the property of the Babble Brew Off.

Rules and regulations subject to change.

Competition Officials

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

  • Chris Burns — Competition Coordinator
  • Jay Freise — Web Master
  • Teresa Gibson — Steward Coordinator
  • Bill Westfall — Judging Coordinator


Zumbier is proud to have the following sponsors for the Babble Brew-Off 2017.

RNoggin Brewing
6521 120th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142
RNoggin Brewing
​Two brothers put their noggins together and decided to craft a great beer. A beer that represented quality, living local, and having a good time. Home brewing quickly became our passion and we continued to perfect our craft, knowledge and process without taking shortcuts. Inspired by the smell of hops, the taste of roasted grains and the smell of fermentation, we are still at it years later and the passion burns brighter than ever. Supported by our family and community of friends, R’Noggin Brewing Company was born.
Waukegan IL
Beer Smith
Beer Smith