Lager Than Life Info
You can create your account today through Saturday 23 February, 2019 23:59, GMT.
Judges and stewards may register now through Friday 8 March, 2019 23:00, GMT.
You can add your entries to the system today through Saturday 23 February, 2019 23:59, GMT.
£6.50 (GBP) per 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 Lager||1B American Lager||2A International Pale Lager|
|2B International Amber Lager||2C International Dark Lager||3A Czech Pale Lager|
|3B Czech Premium Pale Lager||3C Czech Amber Lager||3D Czech Dark Lager|
|4A Munich Helles||4B Festbier||4C Helles Bock|
|5A German Leichtbier||5C German Exportbier||5D German Pils|
|6A Marzen||6B Rauchbier||6C Dunkels Bock|
|7A Vienna Lager||7C Kellerbier||8A Munich Dunkel|
|8B Schwarzbier||9A Doppelbock||9B Eisbock|
|19B California Common||27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager||41A Other Lager beer (Custom Style)|
There is a limit of 110 entries for this competition.
Per Entrant Limits
Each entrant is limited to 2 entries.
Each entrant is limited to 1 entry per subcategory – exceptions are detailed below.
Each entrant is limited to to 1 entry for the following subcategory:
- Custom Style: Other Lager beer
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:
- Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal
Entry Acceptance Rules
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3
Only beers fermented using lager yeast exclusively (bottom-fermenting) are accepted.
Volume required (per entry) for judging : 3 bottles, preferably 500ml each (although 330ml bottles will be acceptable).
One bottle will be judged in the first round. A second, fresh, bottle will be judged if the beer progresses to Best of Show.
The third bottle gives options for the judges if a bottle gushes as a second one called be called to check if that's an isolated issue. It also mitigates against a shipping breakage. And more beer would be more left remaining for general tasting at the event. We will however accept two bottles if accepting those risks is less painful than parting with your delicious homebrew.
Remaining bottles that did not progress to Best of Show and the remaining beer not assessed during Best Of Show judging will be available for sampling after the event. If attending, please feel free to bring further samples for sampling and/or swopping with other attendees. Any extra bottles may be labelled as you wish.
Empty or unopened bottles will not be returned. They can be collected at the end of the event, from 6PM. If not collected or drunk at event, they become organiser-rewards.
Print out an entry label from this site and then attach to each bottle WITH CLEAR SELLOTAPE.
No other label or identifiable information should be present. All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry and can be printed directly from this website.
Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified on the entry system. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.
For any queries, in the first instance contact the Competition Organisers Lucas or Stewart
Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Saturday 23 February, 2019 13:00, GMT through Friday 8 March, 2019 17:00, GMT.
Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.
Unit 2, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Walthamstow, E17 9HQ
*Last date from drop off/delivery Fri 8th March 2019 5PM. Check opening times before dropping off.
Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Saturday 23 February, 2019 13:00, GMT through Friday 8 March, 2019 17:00, GMT.
Ship entries to:
Unit 2, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Walthamstow, E17 9HQ
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
Best of Show
The overall winner will be invited to develop a seasonal beer with Pillars Brewery and help during the brewday.
To be confirmed but we hope to have extra prizes for the rest of the top 3 Best Of Show beers
Other prizes may become available depending on sponsorship and/or entry fees.
The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.
Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table with a rosette and a packet of fresh, liquid lager yeast donated by Imperial Yeast for the first place.
First, Second and Third Best of Show will be announced and will receive a rosette and prizes.
Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.
Feedback sheets will be e-mailed to entrants after the competition. We aim to do this within a few weeks, often less.