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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.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the Western Idaho Fair Amateur Beer Competition!

There are 107 registered entries and 255 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 7:54 AM, MDT, 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.  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. 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.

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, 2B. International Amber Lager, 18A. Blonde Ale, 19A. American Amber Ale, 21A. American IPA.

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.

Judging Sessions and Dates

Saturday, August 13, 2022 9:30 AM, MDT

Saturday, August 13, 2022 12:00 PM, MDT

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
Boise Beer Buddies
Anywhere Craft beer can be found!
Boise Beer Buddies
Brewer's Haven
1795 S Vista Ave Boise ID, 83705
Brewer's Haven
Craft Brewers Of Boise
420 N. Orchard St. Boise, ID 83706
Craft Brewers Of Boise
9115 W. Chinden Blvd Suite 105 Garden City, Idaho 83714