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About The Shootout – “Nebraska’s Inter-Club Homebrew Contest”


The Nebraska Shootout is an annual homebrew contest between all of the homebrewing clubs and beer-brewing social organizations within Nebraska. Its purpose is to further the reputation of home brewing in Nebraska by fostering innovation, consistency, and creativity in our beer, to educate brewers of beer styles that may otherwise be overlooked or unappreciated, to offer education & experience participating within a BJCP-style judging process, and to promote brewing the absolutely best-tasting beer that you can!


The Shootout began in 2001 as the “Nebraska Inter-Club Competition”, and was re-christened as the Nebraska Shootout in 2002. In its’ early stages, the Shootout was a contest held between members of the Omahops and Lincoln Lagers homebrew clubs. The contest went dormant after the 2006 judging took place, but was revived in 2010 after a four year hiatus. Upon its return, homebrew clubs scattered across the state began sharing in our competitive conquests. The Shootout is a roaming competition, typically organized and hosted by a different club each year.


2016 Nebraska Shootout Details

Hosted by:  Homebrewers Local 402

Location: Brickway Brewery & Distillery
1116 Jackson St, Omaha, NE 68102

Date: April 10th

We have selected five beer styles (2015 Guidelines) eligible to earn Shootout Cup points and advance to Best Of Show:

Cat. 8 – Dark European Lager (Munich Dunkel, Schwarzbier)
Cat. 10 – German Wheat Beer (Weissbier, Dunkles Weissbier, Weizenbock)
Cat. 11 – British Bitter (Ordinary Bitter, Best Bitter, Strong Bitter)
Cat. 20 – American Porter and Stout (American Porter, American Stout, Russian Imperial Stout)
Cat. 28 – American Wild Ale (Brett Beer, Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer, Wild Specialty Beer)

For the first time (We think) the Nebraska Shootout will be accepting mead and cider.  We decided to add the mead and cider categories below to recognize the state’s brewers who don’t just make beer.  Because this is our first year accepting mead and cider, and we’re not sure how popular they’ll be, these two categories will not be eligible for Cup points or for BOS Round:

Cat. C2 – Specialty Cider/Perry (New England Cider, Cider with other fruit, Applewine, Ice Cider, Cider with Herbs/spices, Specialty Cider/perry)
Cat. M2 – Fruit Mead (Cyser, Pyment, Berry Mead, Stone Fruit Mead, Melomel)

As always, we will be accepting Best Damn Beer (BDB) entries too.  Each club can submit two beers for this category, but BDB is not eligible for Cup points or for BOS Round: 

Best Damn Beer – open category, for tie-breaker, bragging rights & Rusty Capper Trophy

Registration Window:

We will open registration today and close registration on April 3rd (one week before the comp).  If you need to register after this time, please contact passinmeby77@gmail.com.

Competition entries are $5 each and limited to two entries per club, per category (not sub-category).  Therefore, the max any club could enter is 16 beers/meads/ciders.  Please provide your payment when you drop off/ship your entries.  In order to give you multiple options to pay, I'm offering to use my PayPal account and also take personal checks (our club doesn't have a central account so I'm just gonna wing it and settle up with the club after the event).  So, when you drop off your entries in Lincoln or at Patriot in Omaha, please provide one of the following:  1) cash (in small, unmarked bills, j/k); 2) a printout or note stating you paid via PayPal with your club name and how many entries you paid for (use passinmeby77@yahoo.com and use the notes section in PayPal to annotate your club name and how many entries you are paying for); 3) a personal or club check payable to Brian Koch with your club name and number of entries on the notes line on the check.  For those of you that haven't used PayPal before, please ensure you use "friends and family" to avoid any charges.  Remember, it's $5 per entry, so if you're entering your club's two entries per category (5 beer, 1 mead, 1 cider, & BDB) you'd pay $80..

Each club will use the Homebrew Entry Sign Up Form to register their club's entries (open now).  Individual registration is not required.  Only one submission is required for each club.  Each club should elect/appoint a Shootout rep to organize club round judging and entry of data for the club into the above form.

***If you have issues with any of the forms, please contact me at passinmeby77@gmail.com***

Entry Window:

Entries will be accepted at our shipping and drop-off locations beginning Monday, Mar 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM, CST through Friday, April 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM, CST.  If you are bringing entries the day of the event (please don't, it will make my life so much happier), just contact me at passinmeby77@gmail.com so I know.

Bottle Acceptance Rules:

Submit two (2) bottles per entry: crown-capped; 10-14 ounces; brown or green glass. (Meads that are in 375ml wine bottles should send two bottles. Only one 750ml bottle is required) Bottles must be clean, and free of inked or paper labels and other identifying marks. Obliterate any lettering or graphics on the cap with a permanent black marker. For each entry use a rubber band to attach one bottle identification form to each bottle. Do not use glue or tape. Entry fees and bottles will NOT be returned for disqualified entries.

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. Do not over pack! Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

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 beer 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.

It is not against any Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) regulations or federal laws to ship your entries via privately owned shipping company for analytical purposes. However, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHIP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. It is solely the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Drop Off / Shipping Location

Patriot Homebrew Supply (Thanks Matt and Jen!)
2929 N 204th St
Elkhorn, NE 68022 (map)

***Note:  Patriot Homebrew Supply is closed on Mondays so please factor that into your drop-off plan***

***We are working on a Lincoln drop off location and will update when we confirm***

Judging and Stewarding:

We are hoping for maximum participation from local homebrew clubs and are looking forward to welcoming judges travelling to Omaha from around the state.  

If you are able to help us out judging or stewarding, please register on the Judge/Steward Signup Sheet. You will be able to enter your preference for judging as well as identify if you have entries in any of the categories to help with judge assignments.

If you are from out of town and would like a place to stay, please contact me and I can work with the local clubs to find a bed.....passinmeby77@gmail.com.

Judging Procedures:

1. Club Round:

Entries will be submitted to your local club first — each club will judge their entries and choose which beers will advance into the Shootout Competition.
Limit TWO beers/ciders/meads per category, including BDB. (2×8=16 max entries per club)
Refer to your homebrew club for date & time.

2. Shootout Round:

We will have several drop off locations and a shipping location identified as we get closer to the date of the event.

At a minimum, club entries need to be on location before 9:30AM on the day of the event.
Submit (2) 12oz unmarked bottles per entry (ciders and meads will be accepted in one larger bottle as long as there are no identifying marks on the bottle/cork) – with BJCP Entry form attached to each bottle by rubber bands only. (No tape please)
The entry fee is $5.00 for each beer/cider/mead.

Day of Event:

9:00AM Set Up Judging Tables
9:30AM Beer Drop Off Deadline
9:45-10:00AM Judge & Steward Check In
10:00AM – Judging Begins

?? – 1PM – Get a beer and hang out  after your round is done.  Hopefully the weather will be good and we can use the patio.
1PM(ish) – Results Announced & Trophy Awarded


Judges and stewards need to be there at 9:45AM.
Judging will begin at 10:00AM.
Sign up to Judge or Steward here: Judge/Steward Signup Sheet




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