Thank you for your interest in the Oaktoberfest Homebrew Competition organized by Mad Zymurgists, Livermore, CA.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Entry Registration is Open

27 entries have been added to the system as of 7:19 AM, Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

To add your entries into the system, please proceed through the registration process or log in if you already have an account.

Judge and Steward Registration is Open

If you have not registered and are willing to be a volunteer, please register.

If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu.


The 2019 Oaktoberfest Homebrew Competition is an American Homebrewers Association / Beer Judge Certification Program sanctioned event.

AHA/BJCP rules and procedures are followed.

The Competition is held in conjunction with the yearly Oaktoberfest festival in Oakland, CA. For more information about the festival, see

The Competition is open only to individuals brewing their own beer in a homebrew setting. Commercially produced beers or those produced at a microbrewery or brewpub are not eligible.

The Competition is open to all home brewers over 21 years of age.

Competition staff, judges, stewards, and members of the Oaktoberfest organizing committee are eligible to enter the competition. Competition staff will work to ensure that staff members, judges, or stewards do not participate in the judging of their own entries, and safeguards will be put in place to prevent judges from knowing the identity of the brewer of the entries they are judging.


All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the entry deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Entries in the Historical Beer category must be of German heritage such as 27A. Gose or 27C. Lichtenhainer, or 27H. Roggenbier.  Please submit these entries in the 27A. Historical Beer Style Category. 

Likewise, smoked and wood aged beers are acceptable, however the base beer style must be of one of the accepted German styles.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

Competition Official

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Eric Wall — Competition Coordinator


Mad Zymurgists is proud to have the following sponsors for the Oaktoberfest Homebrew Competition.

21st Amendment
563 2nd Street San Francisco, CA 94107 Phone: 415-369-0900 or 2010 Williams Street San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: 510-595-2111
21st Amendment
21st Amendment has generously offered to have our Best Of Show winner brew a commercial batch of the winning recipe at their San Francisco location again this year!!! We sincerely thank them for the amazing grand prize of this year's Oaktoberfest Homebrew Competition.
Eight Bridges Brewery
332 Earhart Way, Livermore, CA 94551 Phone: 925-961-9160
Eight Bridges Brewery
Eight Bridges has generously offered us space to conduct judging for this year's Oaktoberfest Homebrew Competition.
MoreBeer! San Leandro
2315 Verna Ct. San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: 510-351-3517
MoreBeer! San Leandro
MoreBeer San Leandro has generously agreed to be a drop off and ship to point again this year. They have plenty of cold storage space to ensure that your entries are in the condition you intend.
Hop Tech Homebrewing Supplies
6398 Dougherty Rd Ste 7 and 8 Dublin, CA 94568 Phone: 925-875-0246
Hop Tech Homebrewing Supplies
HopTech has offered to be an entry drop off point again this year. They have plenty of cold storage to keep your entries fresh. We thank HopTech for their continued support.
Oak Barrel
1443 San Pablo Ave | Berkeley, CA 94702 | phone: 510.849.0400 | fax: 844.273.4457 |
Oak Barrel
OakBarrel has offered to be an entry drop off point again this year. They have plenty of cold storage to keep your entries fresh. We thank OakBarrel for their continued support.