ReinheitsRevolt Homebrew Contest

Submissions Due February 1 – February 28

$5 per entry

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Since 2015 Tex Tubb’s and Next Door Brewing have challenged Madison-area homebrewers to brew with with ingredients once banned by the German purity law known as Reinheitsgebot. Next Door will replicate and brew the winning recipe to be served at Tex Tubb’s and Next Door throughout Madison Craft Beer Week in May 2017 while supplies last.

In 2017, we’re once again challenging the greater-Madison homebrewing community to break from traditional recipes and incorporate one or more of the listed special ingredients in this year’s 3rd Annual ReinheitsRevolt! Homebrew Contest.

Judges will choose a Best-in-Show entry based on adherence to base style and harmonious incorporation of one or more of the special ingredients. The Best-of-Show winner will then go on to assist Next Door Brewing Company Brewmaster Bryan Kreiter in brewing a three barrel batch of the winning beer.

The winning beer will debut at Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace Friday, April 28 during a release party to kick off Madison Craft Beer Week 2017. The winning brew will also be on tap at Next Door Brewing Company during Craft Beer Week while supplies last.

Submissions MUST be one of the following 2015 BJCP styles:

  • 5B – Kolsch
  • 25A – Belgian Blonde
  • 10A – Weissbier
  • 10B – Dunkel Weissbier
  • 25B – Saison
  • 18B – American Pale Ale
  • 12C – English IPA
  • 21A – American IPA
  • 21B – Specialty IPA (Belgian IPA, Black IPA, Brown IPA, Red IPA, Rye IPA, White IPA)
  • 19A – American Amber
  • 19B – California Common
  • 19C – American Brown Ale
  • 13A – Dark Mild
  • 13B – British Brown Ale
  • 15A – Irish Red Ale
  • 15B – Irish Stout
  • 15C – Extra Stout
  • 16A – Sweet Stout
  • 16B – Oatmeal Stout
  • 20A – American Porter
  • 13C – English Porter
  • 20B – American Stout 

Submissions MUST include at least one of the following ingredients

  • Rye
  • Coffee
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Oak Chips
  • Oatmeal
  • Citrus Peel (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
  • Peppercorns

Entry Instructions (observe carefully)

  • $5 per entry. Cash or check payable to Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace must accompany your entry.
  • All entries must be hand-delivered to Next Door Brewing Co. between February 1 and February 28 (no late or walk-in entries will be accepted) during NDBC’s normal business hours. Mail order entries will neither be accepted nor returned.



All entries will be judged by Beer Judge Certification Program judges, using current BJCP score sheets and protocols. Judging on March 4 beginning at 9:00am. All entrants and general public are invited/encouraged to attend Best-in-Show judging and awards beginning at approximately 11:00 am at Next Door Brewing Co.


Judges and Stewards

Judges and stewards are needed. The competition will be a BJCP sanctioned event. All judges and stewards will receive BJCP experience points in accordance with BJCP regulations. Priority will be given to BJCP judges. Please write to Bob Paolino at to register to judge or steward. Judges/stewards will receive a light breakfast before judging and lunch at NDBC after the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony. Additional information will be provided to all registered judges and stewards.  



Registration for the contest is accomplished by delivering your entry (with bottle labels rubber-banded to bottles), entry form and entry fee to Next Door Brewing Company. Please carefully package your entries as they may be moved during the registration period. All entries will be refrigerated from the time of delivery until the judging (unless otherwise requested).


Entry Requirements

All entries must be homebrewed. Professional brewers are allowed to enter, but must brew at home.


Bottle Restrictions

Entrants must provide 2 bottles of each entry. Entries must be 12-16 ounce packages. Both glass bottles and plastic bottles are acceptable. All bottles must be clean of all labels or other identifying characteristics. Bottle caps must be plain or blacked out. The organizer reserves complete discretion on whether a package meets the requirements.


Late Entries and Disqualifications

Late entries will not be accepted. The Organizer reserves complete discretion with regards to disqualifying any entrant.


Entry Forms and Labels

Entry forms and bottle labels can be found below.


Judging Information

Each entry should be entered according to the 2015 AHA/BJCP style guidelines available online at Entries must be referred to by category and subcategory letter and must list all special ingredients used. Completed judging forms will be returned to each entrant.



Next Door Brewing Company reserves the right not to brew the winning beer for any reason and to adapt the recipe for their system and based on raw material availability.