Sunshine Challenge 2021

The 30th Annual Sunshine Challenge Home Brew Competition

Sunshine Challenge 30!

Dates: September 10-11, 2021

Entry Limit: 300 / 4 Bottles per entry to accommodated virtual judging. 3 Entries per brewer, 1 per sub category

Registration opens: July 18, 2021 – Deadline August 15, 2021

Judging will begin the week of August 17, 2021

Entry Fee: $9

Please read ALL guidelines – bottle requirements will be strictly enforced.

Guidelines and Information
This year’s competition will follow the 2015 BJCP’s Guidelines for sanctioned competitions and will be part of the Florida Circuit. Entries will be accepted from all BJCP Beer, Mead, and Cider Style Categories; categories may be collapsed as necessary.

Entries will be evaluated based on the 2015 BJCP guidelines. The competition organizers and judges may enter the competition. Judges may not judge categories in which they have submitted entries. All entries must have been brewed at home. Entries brewed at commercial establishments, including brew-on-premises, shops, schools, etc. are ineligible.

Per Entrant Limits
No more than three entries per brewer / brewing team. No more than two entries per sub-category can be submitted by any brewer / brewing team. Total entries for this year’s competition will be capped at 300.

Your registration is not committed until payment is received. The competition fee is $9 per entry. Payment will be accepted exclusively through PayPal via the online entry system. No refunds will be permitted after a registered entry is paid for. Entries received with checks will not be entered into the competition.

Bottle Requirements

All Beer entries must be in 10-12 oz. brown or green glass. No bottles with ink, name-brand lettering (i.e. Corona), or glued or taped on paper labels. Raised NO DEPOSIT, brand names, or manufacturing codes are acceptable. Beers must be capped with silver, gold, black, or completely blacked out crown caps. Meads & Ciders may be entered in 6 to 12 oz bottles. Grolsch-type swing tops are acceptable for meads and ciders. No 22 ounce bombers, 750 ml bottles or plastic bottles are permitted. Bottles not meeting these requirements may be disqualified.

An entry consists of 4 bottles. If you choose to submit less than 4 bottles, you must mention the number of bottles in the comments when registering. Submitting two bottles will make the entry ineligible for Best of Show.

Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, Best of Show, Heavy Medal Brewer and The Sunshine Cup for Heavy Medal Club

Entry Drop off and Shipping
Drop off: Dead Lizard Brewing 4507 36th St building c, Orlando, FL 32811
Clubs – if you are dropping off large number of entries, please complete the drop off form so a club member can meet you to receive your entries:

Schedule a club drop off

Please separate sours or wilds as those will be stored off site.

Mail In Entries to Hearts Home Brew 6190 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32810

Weekend Events and Awards Ceremony

September 10th – Beer Pairing Dinner – tentative location: The all new Gatlin Hall Brewing

September 11th – Awards Night – Hilton Garden Inn Orlando Airport 7300 Augusta National Dr, Orlando, FL 32822

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Past Sunshine Challenges


2019 Results


2018 Results


2017 Results