Sunshine Challenge 2023

The 32nd Annual Sunshine Challenge Home Brew Competition

The 2023 Sunshine is a wrap! Click here to see the competition results!

Sunshine Challenge 32!

Dates: September 15-16, 2023
Award Ceremony will be live streamed on September 16, 2023 Click here for more info on the event weekend activities.

Entry Limit: 400 / 3 Bottles or Cans per entry to accommodated virtual judging. 3 Entries per brewer, 1 per sub category

Registration opens: August 1st, 2023 – Deadline August 18, 2023
Dates for Entry Delivery: August 11, 2023 – August 20, 2023

Judging will begin the weekend of August 25, 2023 (Saturdays and Sundays through September 10, 2023)

Entry Fee: $10

Registration Link:

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

Guidelines and Information
This year’s competition will follow the 2021 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 2021 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 one entries per sub-category can be submitted by any brewer / brewing team. Total entries for this year’s competition will be capped at 400.

Your registration is not committed until payment is received. The competition fee is $10 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 or 12oz-16oz cans. 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 3 bottles. If you choose to submit less than 3 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:
Deadwords Brewing
23 N Orange Blossom Trail,
Orlando, FL 32805

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

Shipping information:
Hearts Homebrew
6190 Edgewater Dr, Orlando, FL 32810

Judging Locations and Dates: TBA

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