The 2010 National Craft Beer Festival and Competition is being hosted by the Copper Dragon Brewery, Skipton, North Yorkshire. It takes place on Saturday the 18th of September 2010.
- Light Ale/Bitter – Up to 1.040. Light to golden in colour, lightly hopped, clean, dry and refreshing with no predominant flavour.
- Pale Ale/Best Bitter – 1.041 to 1.050. (Golden to deep copper in colour, hops in the bouquet leading to malt and grain. Full bodied, malty and grainy with a hoppy, bitter farewell. Perhaps with a little residual sweetness.
- Strong Ale – 1.051 and over. The bouquet should be malty and fruity, backed with a good hop aroma. A full bodied blend of malt, hops and alcohol with some residual sweetness.
- Strong Dark Beers – 1.050 and over. Any dark beer. Please specify style on entry form.
- Dry Stout – 1.045 to 1.060. The bouquet and flavour of roasted grains. Full and dry with a long, hard, bitter finish
- India Pale Ale – 1.050 to 1.075. Hoppy, alcaholic and grainy bouquet. Full bodied, malty and grainy with a prominant hop and a clean, bitter farewell. Some residual sweetness to balance the hop.
- Speciality Beers – Any beer not mentioned above. E.g. lager, wheat, barley wine, fruit, Belgian, mild etc. Please specify style on entry form
- Inter-Regional Competition – Pale Ale 1.050 to 1.060. Only one by six bottle entry from each region. No fee required
- All beers to have been made by the competitor
- Volume required – Bottles 3 ltr/6 pints or a minimum of 5 ltrs draught for each class.
- Bottles may be labelled, except the one to be judged which should be clean of all labels and distinguishing marks. Crown, srewed or swing top closures only.
- Draught containers to be labelled on the rear.
- Competitors may enter more than one entry in each class except the Inter Regional Championship.
- Judges feedback will be provided for each entry
- Beers will be offered for sampling to other competitors and visitors after judging.
- Care will be taken of all exhibits but the organisers cannot be held responsible for any loss or breakage.
- All bottles/Cornelius kegs not claimed at the end of the show will be disposed of.
- Judging will be carried out by beer judges of the National Guild or a Federation approved judge and, in addition, commercail brewers of distinction will be invited.
- Judges my enter may enter any class but cannot award themselves a placing.
- All judges’ rulings and placings will be final.
- Entry forms available here. All Entry Forms to be Submitted by the 10th of September 2010