Attention Homebrewers! Think you’ve got the winning recipe? Put your beer where your mouth is for the chance to win a trip to the Great American Beer Festival.

Dust off those carboys, fire up the turkey burner, and perfect your best backyard brew.  Our annual homebrew competition is back and bigger than ever, with a shot at spending a day brewing with the Karl Strauss Brewing Team and attending the 2017 Great American Beer Festival where you can drink your winning beer with thousands of craft beer fans.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company will once again be hosting its Pro-Am brewing contest this May. The Grand Prize winner will brew in collaboration with our R&D Brewmaster, travel to Denver to attend the Great American Beer Fest where the winning beer will be pouring and competing in this year’s GABF Pro-Am competition. Also, the winning beer will be featured in our brewpubs & Tasting Room during the month of August.

This is where you come in. We know you’ve got great ideas and some tasty recipes just waiting to be brewed on a large-scale system. The contest is open to any beer style however please keep in mind our limitations with special ingredients, prolonged aging and unique fermentation practices. Space is limited so submit your entries as soon as possible. As always there is no charge to enter this competition. Good luck!

The Rules

  • All entrants must be 21 years of age or older and a Southern California resident.
  • To be eligible to win the grand prize and brew with Karl Strauss, you must be an AHA member (must show AHA card when you drop off your samples).
  • No Karl Strauss staff member or employee of any other brewery may win the grand prize.
  • All entries must be home made for private non-commercial use.
  • All entries must be beers that Karl Strauss can reproduce on a commercial scale. Special ingredients, prolonged aging, unique fermentation practices, etc. might inhibit chances of winning due to logistical/time constraints. If in doubt, feel free to call or email the brewery with your questions (858.581.7331)
  • Entries are due to the Karl Strauss main brewery Tasting Room (5985 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109) no later than 8pm on June 10th, 2017. Tasting Room Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 2pm-8pm.
  • We require 4 bottles per entry (regardless of size but prefer 12oz bottles), limit of 2 entries per person. No fee required.


  • Each homebrewer may enter up to 2 different beers styles into the competition
  • Due to competition size, only the first 60 submissions will be accepted.
  • Entry forms and beer bottles due IN PERSON to our Tasting Room in Pacific Beach, located at 5985 Santa Fe Street, San Diego, CA 92109. ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT ANY OF OUR BREWPUBS. YOU MUST DROP OFF TO THE TASTING ROOM. TASTING ROOM HOURS WED-SAT 2PM-8PM
  • Four bottles of each entry must be submitted for judging (regardless of size).
  • Each bottle must be properly labeled using the sample labels provided. Please note any special pouring instructions on each label. We suggest clear packing tape to adhere labels to bottles.
  • Bottles must be free of any other labels, brewery information, or logos
  • Entries must be boxed or in a 6-pack carrier. Clearly label the box with your name, phone number, and the categories you have entered.


  • Judging will be held during the week of June 12th and will be conducted blind, by a panel of Karl Strauss Brewing Company brewers, Certified Cicerones® and beer media guests
  • Please follow the most current BREWERS ASSOCIATION’S BEER STYLE GUIDELINES (not the BJCP guideline) when entering your beer. Judges will be using these guidelines to evaluate each beer. A list of those guidelines is available at: Please note that this is NOT a BJCP sanctioned contest and no score sheets will be returned
  • Karl Strauss will choose a Grand Prize winner (First place) to brew the Pro-Am beer, along with Second, and Third Place prize winners who will score Karl Strauss swag and other prizes

Brewing the winning Beer:

  • The Grand Prize winner will be contacted no later than Friday June 16th, 2017.
  • If you win the competition, you must be able to commit to a pre-brew meeting and brew day.
  • The brewing session will take place during the month of July, 2017. Specific date TBA (dates subject to change and will be confirmed with Grand Prize winner).


“Devil’s Postpile Pale Ale”

Brewed by: Kevin Stamer
Style: American-Style Pale Ale
Original Gravity: 1.059
Final Gravity: 1.010
IBU: 40
ABV: 6.4%

• 8.35lbs American Pale 2-Row
• 1.4lbs Munich 10L
• 1.5lbs Victory Malt
• .25 Carapils
• 0.8oz Magnum Hops (60 min hop addition)
• 1.0oz Amarillo Hops (at flameout)
• 1.0oz Citra Hops (at flameout)
• 1.0oz Amarillo Hops (dry-hopped 5 days)
• 1.0oz Citra Hops (dry-hopped 5 days)

California Ale (White Labs #WLP001)


“Spicy Juice Gose”

Brewed by Paul Bisheri/Patrick Martinez
Style: Fruited Gose
Original Gravity: 1.046
Final Gravity: 1.011
IBU: 4
ABV: 4.5%

• 4.38lbs White Wheat
• 2.81lbs Pilsner Malt
• .56lbs Acidulated Malt
• .93lbs Flaked Oats
• .93bls Flaked Wheat
• 0.5oz Warrior (60 min hop addition)

German Ale/Kölsch Yeast (White Labs #WLP029)
• 10lbs Mango
• Tajin Seasoning


“Crush It IPA”

Brewed by Paul Bisheri/Patrick Martinez
Style: American-Style India Pale Ale
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.013
IBU: 70
ABV: 6.2%

• 5lbs 2-Row Malt
• 5lbs English Malt
• 1.0oz Warrior Hops (60 min hop addition)
• 1.2oz Simcoe Hops (30 min hop addition)
• 1.2oz Amarillo Hops (5 min hop addition)
• 1.2oz Citra Hops (5 min hop addition)
• 1.0 Nelson Sauvin Hops (dry-hop 4 days)
• 1.0 Mosaic Hops (dry-hop 4 day)

English Ale Yeast (White Labs #WLP002)

Tasting Room