Thank you for your interest in the Spooky Brew organized by Chicago Beer Society, Copernicus Center.

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

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 judge or steward, 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.


This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

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 may have arrived damaged.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once. For example, participants may enter a Belgian Golden Strong (25C) and Saison (25B), but may not enter two Saisons, even if they are different brews.

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.

Participants that are neither a judge or steward will NOT be allowed to attend the competition.  

Competition Officials

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

  • Brian Eichhorn — Head Judge
  • Joanna Janczurewicz — Competition Organizer
  • Peter Sloan — Electrical Pixie Wrangler


Chicago Beer Society is proud to have the following sponsors for the Spooky Brew.

Brew And Grow
North Chicago (Kedzie)
Brew And Grow
Thank you very much to B&G for their donation of a 15 gal brew kettle
Pursuit Supply Company
4316 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
Pursuit Supply Company
Thanks to the Pursuit Supply for donating gift certificates.