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Thank you for your interest in the Western Idaho Fair Amateur Beer Competition organized by Snake River Brewers, Boise, ID.

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

1 entries have been added to the system as of 5:40 AM, MDT, Monday, May 29, 2023.

1 paid entries are in the system as of 5:40 AM, MDT, Monday, May 29, 2023.

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 volunteer, 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.


This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.  The Grand Prize of Western Idaho Beer of the Year is limited to the greater Treasure Valley Idaho area.  This area is roughly within a 50 mile radius of The Western Idaho Expo Center.  Please see map Homebrew Competition Greater Treasure Valley Area

This competition is open to all categories using the BJCP 2021 Beer Style Guidelines, 2015 Mead and Cider Style Guidelines found at BJCP Style Guidelines

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations 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, or entries that arrived damaged.

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.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

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.

Judging times & locations are subject to change.

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

The "Beer of the Year" to be awarded by The Western Idaho Fair and Sockeye Brewing will be decided from the Best of Show table beers that qualify in the following categories of the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines:

1A. American Light Lager, 1B. American Lager, 1C. Cream Ale, 1D. American Wheat Beer, 2A. International Pale Lager, 2B. International Amber Lager, 18A. Blonde Ale, 18B. American Pale Ale, 19A. American Amber Ale, 21A. American IPA, 29. Fruit Beer (A. B. C.), 30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer, 30B. Autumn Seasonal Beer.

To qualify for "Beer of the Year" the brewer must be from the mentioned area described in the map from the above link and be from the listed categories.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Each entry will consist of four (4) 12 to 22 ounce capped or corked bottles, or cans that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.  ENTRIES NOT FOLLOWING THESE INSTRUCTIONS THE ENTRY WILL BE REMOVED FROM COMPETITION AND THE ENTRY FEE FORFEITED.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. NO swing top bottles will be accepted.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottle labels by the method specified on the bottle label.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.


Competition Officials

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

  • Steve Dockter — Head Judge
  • Jeremy Gramkow — Overall Competition Organizer
  • Chris Hillman — Website And Social Media Coordinator
  • Terry Jones — Head Steward


Snake River Brewers is proud to have the following sponsors for the Western Idaho Fair Amateur Beer Competition.

Snake River Brewers
Snake River Brewers
Sockeye Brewing
12542 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID
Sockeye Brewing
Hayden Beverage
2910 E. Amity Rd Boise, ID 83716
Hayden Beverage
Berts Growler Garage
​​​​​1635 SW 4TH AVE ONTARIO, OR 97914
Berts Growler Garage
Brewer's Haven
1795 S Vista Ave Boise ID, 83705
Brewer's Haven
9115 W. Chinden Blvd Suite 105 Garden City, Idaho 83714