Thank you for your interest in the Open Season at the Zoo 2018 organized by The Home Brewery, 1967 W. Boat St., Ozark, MO 65721.

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

22 entries have been added to the system as of 1:34 AM, Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

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.


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 shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.
All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off 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.
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. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. 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.
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.


Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. A minimum score of 28 is required to earn a medal. Each entry is entitled to one medal; for entries brewed by multiple brewers, additional medals may be purchased. 

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round. Highly-qualified BJCP judges will sample all gold medal beers and select one Best of Show winner based on beer quality, stylistic accuracy and overall drinking pleasure.

The Best of Show winner will be awarded a gold medal.

You must submit 2 bottles for each entry. One bottle is used for initial judging and one bottle is used for BOS prize judging. Entries with only one bottle may not be eligible for prizes if there is not enough sample left for the judging of the final round. 

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted, as will swing top bottles, corked bottles, 16 and 22 ounce bottles. 

Bottles must be free of any markings or labels. Common craft beer bottles that are embossed (e.g Sam Adams or Widmer) are allowed. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely. Entries that violate this rule will be disqualified from winning awards at the discretion of the competition organizer. Entries will still be judged and feedback returned to the entrant. Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Print out bottle labels from this website and RUBBER BAND them to each bottle. You do NOT need to print out and submit a recipe sheet. Bottles with the ID forms taped or glued to them may be disqualified. 


Competition Official

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

  • Greg Knight — Competition Coordinator