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As you know, it takes a great number of people to put on a successful homebrew competition. On the day of the event, dozens of staff, judges, stewards and supporters come together in close proximity, to judge and celebrate. Due to the current situation surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and considering the advice of public officials to avoid large gatherings, the Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild has decided to indefinitely postpone the Hammerdown 2020 Homebrew Competition. We take this event very seriously and strive to host a competition that is enjoyed by all each year. In the interest of safety, and the concern that volunteer participation will be greatly impacted, we regret that we will not be holding the event as scheduled in April. We will be processing refunds for any paid entries and have closed our website to registrants at this time.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and as it improves, hopefully quickly, we will be working to reschedule Hammerdown for a later date.

Thank you for your support and understanding. Please be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date on updates as they become available.

Thank you for your interest in the Hammerdown Brewcup organized by The NKY Homebrewers Guild, sponsored by Braxton Brewing Company.

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.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the Hammerdown Brewcup!

There are 186 registered entries and 67 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 12:03 PM, there are 0 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).


This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

We are honored to partner with Braxton to not only host the competition but to give back to the NKY community by donating all proceeds from the competition to to a local charity. 

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from the drop-off locations the morning after the entry deadline. All entries should arrive by the end of business day at the drop-off locations on the day of the entry deadline. 

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.).

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. We will do our best to notify brewers in a timely fashion if we become aware of an issue with an entry. 

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

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. For example, participants may enter a Belgian Pale (16B) and Belgian Saison (16C), but may not enter two Saisons, even if they are different brews.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

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

Competition organizers, sponsors, judge directors, registrars, judges and stewards may enter the competition. Appropriate measures will be taken to ensure fair, anonymous and accurate judging. No judge or steward will be assigned to a category that they have entered. 

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

In order to ensure that the competition runs as smoothly as possible, hand carried entries will not be accepted the day of the competition. 

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Braxton Brewing - Loft
27 W 7th St, Covington, Ky, 41011
Saturday, April 11, 2020 12:00 AM, EDT

Competition Officials

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

  • Jon Covey — Site And Data Coordinator
  • Dave Dixon — Competition Coordinator
  • Mike Roszkowski — Head Judge
  • Eddie Unterreiner — Celler Master
  • Gary Wildt — Head Steward