Alt-Pokal 2023

JUDGING OCCURS OCTOBER 26th THRU OCTOBER 28th

Within 36-48 hours after registering, you’ll receive a PayPal invoice which will include your contest registration number on it. PLEASE INCLUDE THAT REGISTRATION NUMBER WHEN YOU SHIP YOUR ENTRIES TO US.

Good luck to all who enter!

(here is an example of the scoresheet we’ll be using and sending back to participants)

Alt-Pokal 2023 Rules & Guidelines

Entry Fee

The entry fee in 2023 will be $40 per entry. Your entry fee is to cover our costs for the shirt you will receive, and the Grand Champion trophy along with the two runner up medals, and shipping this stuff back out to you after the competition. Current members of our Trub Club only have to pay $25 for their entry fee.

How to enter the Alt-Pokal

Step 1: Competition Application/Payment: July – August 31st 

Step 2: Entry Registration & Payment

CONFIRMATION EMAIL: Confirmation emails are all sent by me, Joshua, within 36-48 hours after you submit your registration form. A $40 per entry charge is due via the PayPal invoice. Once you pay for your entries, you are officially entered in the competition. Payments are due by October 1st, 2023.
Disclaimer: Failure to pay within the deadline window will result in dismissal from the competition.

Getting your altbier to us!

You need to deliver two 12oz bottles (or cans) of your altbier to:

Alt-Pokal 2023
ATTENTION: Herh Steubing
1800 EDC Parkway
Comanche, TX 76442

and they must be delivered to us on or before Friday, October 20th. Please do your best to make sure your altbier gets to us by the deadline!

When I send you your PayPal invoice email, it includes your unique entry number. PLEASE INCLUDE THIS NUMBER either on a piece paper inside your shipment packaging or tape it to the bottles or somehow make sure it’s included with your bottles/cans.

UNITED STATES SHIPPING DETAILS
It is the entrant’s responsibility to make sure entries arrive on time and are labeled correctly. 
Package MUST have “Alt-Pokal” listed on package when delivered. Preferably, you can address the package like this:

Alt-Pokal 2023
ATTENTION: Herh Steubing
1800 EDC Parkway
Comanche, TX 76442

Deliver Direct (drop-off): If you’re near us, feel free to drop off your entry!
Arrange for a return receipt or tracking number.
Pack it well (make it unbreakable). I, personally, recommend using https://www.craftyshipping.com/ products. We use them all the time and they’re great!
Create a packing list/inventory each box in case of an incident

JUDGING & AWARDS 

Alt-Pokal will rate every beer on a similar scale used by the American Homebrewer’s Association (scoring the beer overall from 1-50) and we will be awarding ONE Grand Champion trophy and TWO Runner Up medals.

Judging Process

First and foremost, NONE of us are accredited BJCP judges. Please do not go into this expecting us to replicate the incredible judging that REAL judges do. Obviously, we will do our best to provide thorough and meaningful feedback on your scorecard! As of right now, the plan is to begin the first “round” of judging on Thursday, October 19th. We’ll continue round 1 of drinking/judging on Friday (October 20th) and revisit the top 10 entries that we judge for the final day, Saturday October 21st. This is why we ask for two bottles or cans, so that we can have that second bottle/can to drink if your entry is in the final running!

We want to live stream this but, worst case, we’ll be recording and publish the videos immediately after. The only thing keeping us from potentially live streaming is Todd’s awful internet at the ranch. The livestreaming/recording component is another reason why it’s important to include your entry number (given to you by me via email AFTER you pay for your entry) so that you’ll know if we’re judging your beer at that time.

WARNING: Todd is brutally honest and will, undoubtedly, say harsh things if he feels it’s warranted while drinking your altbier. I can promise you that I’ve been called the worst of the worst by him and you get used to it after a while. I’m anticipating only really good things being said during Alt-Pokal though because, well, we’ll be drinking your alt!

HAVE FUN!

Competitions are fun already but the last thing we want is for anyone to stress over this. Brewing and drinking alt or kölsch is already my favorite thing to do and our community (YOU) are awesome and I can’t wait to try your brews.

JUDGING BEGINS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26th for ROUND 1 DAY 1 and then ROUND 1 DAY 2 is OCTOBER 27th, and then FINAL DAY + CROWNING OF THE GRAND CHAMPION WILL BE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th