AIChE Beer Brewing Competition

2019 AIChE Beer Brewing Competition

With the support of the AIChE Foundation, AIChE and the Young Professionals Committee, come showcase your chemical engineering skills by participating in the AIChE Beer Brewing Competition (ABBC). ABBC will allow AIChE Local Sections to create teams of two to five professional members over the age of 21 (undergraduate students not eligible to participate), with at least one member under the age of 35, to brew their own beer in any BJCP style category. Professional beer tasting judges will then score beers according to a standard beer tasting rubric. Teams will also flex their chemical engineering muscles through a poster competition describing their processes and creative design that has gone into their brew. The prizes are big, the processes are batch, and the competition is exciting.

The third competition will be held on November 10, 2019 at the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting.  

Want to hear why AIChE members participate in this competition? View the 2017 winning team's webinar.

Not a Local Section member yet? Join today and start forming your team.

Slideshow

See photos on Flickr.

Deadline: 
August 9, 2019
Award Administrator(s): 
Award: 

Tasting Competition: 80% of overall score.  Judged by Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) official judges.

Poster Competition: 20% of overall score.  Judged by AIChE professional members.

Grand Prize: Best cumulative score of the tasting and poster competitions.  Winning team members of the grand prize will receive a complimentary membership to AIChE for the 2020 dues year ($199 value per person).  Grand prize winners will also be featured in an AIChE webinar reviewing their winning brew processes.

Summary of all 2019 Competition Awards

  • Grand Prize (1st Place) - 80% taste/20% poster
  • 1st Runner-Up Grand Prize (2nd Place) - 80% taste/20% poster
  • 2nd Runner-Up Grand Prize (3rd Place) - 80% taste/20% poster
  • Best of Show (BoS) - Tasting Winner from BJCP judges
  • Best Poster Presentation Winner – winner from poster judges
  • Best Beer Name
  • People's Choice Award – from guest judges
  • Most Efficient Brew – The team with the best brewhouse efficiency number
  • Biggest Beer – Beer with the highest starting gravity before fermentation
  • Best Beer Label - to be shown on the poster, not the entry bottles
Instructions: 

Tasting Competition

Brew your most creative and delicious beer in the beer style(s) of your team's choice, and bring it to be judged at the AIChE Beer Brewing Competition.  Teams may submit up to three styles of beer into the competition. Any beer style may be submitted into the competition so long as it is a Beer Judge Certification Program offical beer style.  See the BJCP Style Guidelines

Poster Competition

Each team, along with their brewed beer, must create a poster presentation that at least includes the following information for each beer brewed:

  • Beer recipe
  • Mass balances
  • % ABV calculations
  • Brewhouse efficiency calculations
  • Process used to brew

Important Dates

  • August 9, 2019 - Deadline to register to compete
  • TBD - All beers shipped to competition venue (address info TBD)
  • November 10, 2019 - Competition day!

Competition Rules

Read all competition rules

Note that that only professional members within the continental United States are eligible to participate.  Undergraduate students are not eligible.

Shipping Instructions

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Judging Information

This competition will be Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certified and competition procedures will be followed using the BJCP Competition Handbook.

Sample tasting score card

Sample poster score card

Brewhouse efficiency information

Competition Registration

Each team must complete the online registration form and pay the registration fee.

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If you have any questions, please contact the ABBC coordinators at abbc.ypc@gmail.com.

 

Award Winners

MMAIChE Saison
Grand Prize (1st Place)
2018
Brewsburgh
1st Runner-Up Grand Prize (2nd Place)
2018
Bad News Beers American IPA
2nd Runner-Up Grand Prize (3rd Place)
2018
Brewsburgh
Best of Show
2018
Brewsburgh
People's Choice Award
2018
ChemStations Brewing
Most Efficient Brew
2018
MMAIChE Beyond a Reasonable Stout
Biggest Beer
2018
Gangs of Brew York
Lightest Weight Beer
2018
Gangs of Brew York
Best Beer Label
2018
Standard Boil Co. of New Jersey
Best Poster Presentation
2018
Double Dagger IPA
Best Beer Name
2018
MMAIChE
Grand Prize and Bright & Hoppy Category 1st Place - Billy's Breakfast Bitter
2017
Fugacity Brew
Best Seasonal Brew - Fester's Spicy Brew
2017
Standard Boil Co. of NJ
Bright & Hoppy Category 2nd Place - Total Reflux
2017
Woo Pig Brewers
Bright & Hoppy Category 3rd Place - Yellow Rock Blonde
2017
Northern California
Public Choice Winner - Redwood IPA
2017
Fugacity Brew
Dark & Malty Category 1st Place - The Rectifier
2017
NMSBrew
Dark & Malty Category 2nd Place - Adobe Brown Ale
2017