Account Registration

You will be able to create your account beginning Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 PM, EST through Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:00 PM, EDT.

Judges and stewards may register beginning Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 PM, EST through Saturday, May 5, 2018 12:00 PM, EDT.

Entry Registration

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 PM, EST through Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:00 PM, EDT.


Entry Fees

$6.00 (USD) per entry. $5.00 per entry after the 1st entry.


BJCP 2015 Styles Accepted

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental Beer 


Entry Limit

There is a limit of 200 entries for this competition.


Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per subcategory.


Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Check, made out to F.O.A.M
  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal


Entry Acceptance Rules

An entry shall consist of two (2) bottles, 10 to 14 ounce, unmarked, clean of all paper, labels, label adhesive, no raised lettering, and any other distinguishing features. Note: We will not accept bombers (22 oz.) and swing top bottles. Printed crown caps are acceptable but should be completely blacked out. Bottles will not be returned.

Each bottle will have a Bottle ID form attached with a rubber band. Glue or tape is unacceptable. A single entry form should accompany each entry. 




Drop-Off Locations

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Sunday, April 1, 2018 12:00 PM, EDT through Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:00 PM, EDT.

The Flying Barrel
1781 N. Market Street Frederick, MD 21701
*Proud sponsor of FOAM since the beginning!

Maryland Homebrew
6770 Oak Hall Ln. Suite #108 Columbia, MD 21045
*NOTE: Entries will be picked up at 4 PM on April 28th at this location. If you bring it by later than that, sadly it will not be judged.


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Sunday, April 1, 2018 12:00 PM, EDT through Saturday, April 28, 2018 4:00 PM, EDT.

Ship entries to:

The Flying Barrel
1781 N. Market Street Frederick, MD 21701

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.


Judging Session Locations and Dates

Brewer's Alley
124 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701
Sunday, May 6, 2018 9:00 AM, EDT

Barley and Hops
5473 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704
Monday, May 14, 2018 7:00 PM, EDT


Best of Show

The best of show winner will have the opportunity to brew their winning beer at Barley & Hops with their Brewmaster Eric Gleason.  Your beer will be on tap for the 2019 Battle of the Bubbles! Thanks to Barley & Hops for their kind support over the years.   



Categories:Each entry will be judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for the category and subcategory in which it is entered. Organizers will not classify or reclassify your entries. Beers of similar style may be grouped together for judging as needed. The top two beer in each category will be judged in a final round to determine a Best of Show Beer. No limit on entries per subcategory.




Please use the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines (available at for your entry categories and subcategories.


Accepted Styles:See entry information.





Awards Ceremony

Barley & Hops
5473 Urbana Pike Frederick, MD 21704
Monday, May 14, 2018 7:30 PM, EDT