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Stefan Berggren
09/06/09 09:46 PM  
Franco Belgian Challenge MHTG
Its time to prepare and to get ready again for the MHTG (Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild) Franco-Belgian Challenge.

The event will take place on November 7th 2009 in Madison, WI (at the Ale Asylum Brewing Company)

More information can be found at www.mhtg.org

I will post more information once it becomes available.

As always this will be a BJCP sanctioned event and you will receive expert judging by folks who travel the globe and not the local beer store.

Kind Regards,


Stefan Berggren
09/08/09 04:13 PM  
Re: UPDATE: Franco Belgian Challenge MHTG
Date: November 7th, 2009

Location: The Ale Asylum, 3698 Kinsman Boulevard, Madison, WI 53704.

The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild are pleased to announce the 2008 Franco-Belgian

Challenge Cup.

This contest is an attempt to encourage the homebrewing of French- and Belgian-style beers. As such,

only French- and Belgian-style beers (BJCP categories 16-18) will be judged. The competition is

sanctioned by AHA and BJCP. AHA/BJCP Style Guidelines will be used.

Awards will be issued to first, second and third place beers for each of the three categories. MHTG

reserves the right to consolidate categories based on the number of entries. The competition will be

held Saturday, November 7th 2009, The Ale Asylum, Madison, WI. Rules and entry information is

provided below.

Feel free to contact the contest organizers, Mark Schnepper or Mark Alfred if you

would like paper copies of the registration materials. Registration forms are online.

A. Eligibility and Categories

1. Anyone may enter a beer from BJCP categories 16, 17 or 18.

2. Entries must be referred to by Category Number and Subcategory LETTER. See Style Guidelines for

category designations and descriptions.

3. Commercially brewed beers are ineligible.

4. Multiple Entries in the same *category must be separate batches (i.e. same wort different yeast is not

allowable). * Only 1 entry per subcategory is allowed.

B. How To Enter, What To Enter

1. Entry Fees $5.00 for each entry. All checks should be made payable to MHTG. Attach entry fee to

registration form(s) and place inside package. Any entries not accompanied by a fee will not be judged.

2. Entry requirements: provide TWO 10- to 12-ounce BOTTLES or ONE 750ml BOTTLE for each

entry. Bottles must be green or brown glass and clean and free of any labels (inked, paper, or

otherwise). Bottles with formed-in-glass brand names or labels (such as Sam Adams) are prohibited.

Entrants are encouraged to use brown, longneck bottles for extra protection from light and breakage.

NOTE: Grolsch-type swing tops are not acceptable. Soft drink or other printed crown caps are

acceptable if they are blacked-out with a black marking pen to assure anonymity in judging. Use a

rubber band to attach to each bottle an entry form with your name, beer designation (if multiple entries

in a category), category and subcategory. The use of tape or glue to attach forms is not acceptable.

NOTE: Those entering large, 750ml, bottles may wish to send TWO bottles if they believe they will be

eligible for the best-of-show round and wish to have a fresh, unopened, bottle available for BOS


3. Beers from a single batch may not be entered in multiple Categories. Multiple entries in a Category

are acceptable but MUST be in separate subcategories.

4. Recipes need not be submitted with entry.

C. Where To Enter, When To Enter

1. Entries are being accepted from October 12th through October 30th . Entries must be accompanied

by fees and registration information MUST be received by Friday, October 30th, 2009 before the close

of the business day following at the following location: The Wine & Hop Shop, 1931 Monroe, St.

Madison, WI 53711.

2. Out-of-town entries: Shipment by air freight is recommended. PACK YOUR ENTRIES WELL.

Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Boxes should weigh less than 40

pounds. Entries that are shipped must be received by Friday, October 30th, 2009. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Entries may be shipped to: The Wine & Hop Shop, 1931 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711.

D. Judging / Stewarding

Those interested in judging or stewarding please contact Mark Schnepper or Mark Alfred. Judging will

be performed in open session on Saturday, November 7th. Judging and the awards presentation will be

held at the Ale Asylum, in Madison, WI, immediately after the judging is completed. Decisions of the

judges are final. Organizers reserve the right to combine categories if a sufficient number of entries is

not received. Organizers also reserve the right to break up categories if too many entries are received in

a particular subcategory.

E. Awards

Awards will be given for first, second and third-place winners in each Category judged. Winners will

be announced immediately following judging. Winners and scores will be posted on our web site within

a two weeks of the competition. All winners will be notified. Score sheets and judges comments will be

returned to all entrants. There will be first, second, and third place medals awarded in all categories.

For further information, please contact the contest organizers,

Mark Schnepper,mschnepper@yahoo.com or

Mark Alfred hulsie2002@yahoo.com.

Now, break out those French and Belgians and enjoy the competition!

09/08/09 04:19 PM  
Re: Franco Belgian Challenge MHTG
Thanks for the heads up, Stefan. This has gotten a good response from Babblers in the past.

It seems that the page is not yet updated from 2008, though the schedule seems pretty similar within a day or two. Is this year's due date for entries still 10/29?

09/08/09 04:20 PM  
Re: Franco Belgian Challenge MHTG
Aha! Stefan's 2nd post above appeared while I was composing mine and appears to answer my questions.
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