The 2011 Puget Sound Pro-Am Competition
For 2012 and 2013, the Puget Sound Pro-Am will be merging with the Cascade Brewers Cup!
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The 2011 BJCP competition is complete!
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109 Brewers from 10 States
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1st Place - Travis Nye's Rye PA (Specialty Beer)
2nd Place - Kenneth Reister's Reisterbrau Czar Stout (Russian Imperial Stout)
3rd Place - Nick Ladd's Albino Wit (Witbier)
HM - Jesse Perez Siberian Baltic Porter (Baltic Porter)
2011 Pro-Am Selections:
Baron Brewing – Mike Ritzer’s Grunge Effect, North German Altbier
Big Time Brewing – Ken Reister’s Reisterbrau’s Czar Russian Imperial Stout
BJ’s Brewery Tacoma – Trevor Nichol’s Biere de Printemps Biere de Garde
Elliott Bay Brewing Company – Tim Heryford’s Black Pepper Porter
Elysian Brewing Company – Travis Nye’s Rye PA
Harmon Brewery – Ben Schielke’s Expedi-ale New American Pale Ale
Issaquah Brewhouse – Sean Drew's Sir Osis D'liver's Oloroso Scotch Wood Aged Beer
Naked City Brewery - Timothy Frommer's Life in a Northern Town Brown Northern English Brown
Ram Brewery Tacoma – Jonathan Permen’s Fruition Raspberry Biere de Garde
Rock Bottom Seattle – Jesse Perez’s Siberian Baltic Porter
Rock Bottom Bellevue – Dan Hansen’s Bohemian Pilsner
Snipes Mountain Brewery – Karl VanEvenhoven’s Cascadian Dark Ale
Silver City Brewery – Nick Ladd's Albino Wit, Witbier
Big Al Brewing - Mark Joy's Chilly Willy, Spice Beer
Powerhouse - Ryan McGee's Mai Sharona, Maibock
The Country's Largest GABF Pro-Am Qualifying Competition with as many as 16 Washington Breweries Brewing Pro-Am Beers this Summer!
Welcome to the Puget Sound Pro-Am Competition website - the competition that submitted 11 beers to the 2010 GABF Pro-Am Competition and brought home the Gold Medal in 2008!
Here you'll find all of the forms, rules, and tips you need to help you win and have your beer produced commercially by one of several breweries with the hope of winning a medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival's Pro-Am Competition!
This is a Washington Homebrewer of the Year Qualifying Competition!
2011 Participating Breweries (More posted soon)
Ram Restaurant and Brewery
Big Time Brewery
Rock Bottom - Seattle
Rock Bottom - Bellevue
Big Al Brewing
Diamond Knot Brewery
Snipes Mountain Brewing
Naked City Brewing
BJ's - Tacoma
Silver City Brewery
Elliott Bay Brewing Company
Click here for a Map of all of the Breweries!
All Beer BJCP Categories (no meads or ciders)
Online Registration (registration closed)
(entries and volunteers)
What is the Puget Sound Pro-Am Competition?
This competition aims to provide homebrewers the chance to have their beers produced commercially by local breweries. This competition is unique in the fact that SEVERAL breweries will be participating and brewing multiple winning beers! Not only will your beer get judged in an AHA/BJCP (2008 guidelines) sanctioned event, but local professional brewers may taste and select your beer to be brewed on their systems and sold to the world!
As cool as that is, there is an even bigger opportunity. If the breweries select winning beers of American Homebrewers Association members (or brewers willing to become AHA members by April 30th), they will be submitted to the Great American Beer Festival's Pro-Am Competition for the chance to bring home gold medals for the brewery and homebrewer! Please keep in mind that in order to have your beer sent to the GABF, you must be an AHA member at the time of the competition, so join now! (NOTE, this rule may be relaxed by the BA - i.e., all beers may be eligible as long as the homebrewer becomes an AHA member by June.)
You can save $5 on the membership cost right now by clicking here and filling out the form.
Judging will happen with weekend of April 30th. Due to the need to keep the identities of the homebrewers anonymous to the selecting brewers, FULL RESULTS WILL NOT BE POSTED UNTIL ALL BEERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED. Coded results may be posted soon after the competition. Similarly, due to the need to have judging notes available to the brewers throughout the selection process, it will take a little while to get you your score sheets. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS IS A NECESSARY AND WORTHWHILE SACRIFICE TO BRING YOU THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THIS COMPETITION!
High placing brewers may be notified within a week after the initial judging. We may encourage advancing brewers to send in an extra bottle or two for the brewery selection if they are close. Breweries will select their beers 1 - 2 weeks later so please be patient.
After winners are selected, the breweries will work with the homebrewer to scale up and brew their recipe. Details will be worked out with the individual breweries to accommodate brewery, homebrewer, and "freshness" needs.
See the Rules page for more details on entering the competition. For more information, contact Mark Emiley at
This event is brought to you by BEWBC and the Impaling Alers) to support the Washington Homebrewers Association. All procedes from the event will go to support the WAHA.