Official Competition Rules




1. Eligibility

Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition (the "Competition") is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are amateur brewers and at least twenty-one (21) years old at the time of entry. For the purposes of the Competition “amateur” means one who engages in brewing as a pastime rather than a profession. Brewmasters and professional brewers, whether currently or in a previous position, are not eligible. Entrants are prohibited from either hiring; or soliciting personal consultations with, brewing professionals in order to craft the beer submitted to the Competition.  Employees of the Petaluma Downtown Association, Petaluma Downtown Association Board Members, Competition Judges, and other companies associated with the promotion of the Competition, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Competition is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

2. Sponsor

The Competition is sponsored by the Petaluma Downtown Association, located at 210 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, California 94952.

3. Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the Competition constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning the Grand Prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

4. Eligible Styles of Beer and Necessary Quantities

Entries must be cereal grain based. No wild, sour, or barrel aged beers. Entries must be brewed at home or in a non-commercial setting. Entries brewed at a commercial setting; whether for research, production, or any other purpose, including brewpubs and “other brew-on premise” commercial establishments, will be automatically disqualified. Entrants must provide a minimum of 10 gallons per entry. Either 1 growler or bottles holding at least the equivalent of ½ gallon of beer must be reserved by the Entrant for official judging.  Entrants may submit 2 types of beer for this competition.

5. Equipment Provided by Entrant and Decor

Entrant(s) must provide: all pouring equipment **, minimum 10 gallons of beer per type of beer entered, runoff/dump bucket(s). Entrants may bring décor, signage, or information to distribute at their designated area. Sponsor reserves the right to remove any signage, décor, or items which it deems to be harmful, inappropriate or offensive, at Sponsor’s discretion.

**No electrical hookups available.


6. Equipment Provided by Sponsor

Sponsor will provide each brewer and co-brewer with: a tabletop surface, ice, free admission. Must be over the age of 21.


7. Size of Eligible Teams

The Competition is open to either individuals or teams of 2 people. All entrants, whether individuals or teams, compete for the same Grand Prize. A team awarded the Grand Prize must share the Grand Prize amongst themselves. The Sponsor will not divvy the prize up for individual team members.

8. How to Enter

Online: This method of entry will be available by visiting our website ( and following the directions provided to fill out the entry information, and submit. Online entries must be submitted by 5:00pm on September 7th, 2017.

9. Judging

Top 5 overall will be determined by public vote. Then another Top 5 will be determind by industry choice by catagory. The combined top 10 will be submitted to our selected panel of expert beer judges from Petaluma Breweries and Beer aficionado's, but not limited to. On October 7th, 2017, at 6:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time the Judges will select 1 “Best of Show” Grand Prize winner.

10.” Best of Show” Grand Prize

GRAND PRIZE (1) In a collaborative effort with Joel Johnson, Brewmaster at 101 North Brewing Company, the winning homebrewer(s) will assist in brewing a commercial-sized batch of their recipe ((*) as faithful to the original as possible) at 101 North Brewing Company. 101 North will scale-up the Grand Prize recipe and brew the beer to be kegged and served on tap in 101 North’s taproom and distributed locally to bars and restaurants. Prior to release, Grand Prize winner will be entitled to a private “Special Tasting Event” hosted by the Petaluma Downtown Association and 101 North Brewing Company at 101 North Brewery for themselves and 20 of their family and friends to enjoy the fruits of their beer labor. (to be set up with 101 management for date and time). In addition, the beer will be entered into the 22nd Annual Sonoma County Battle of the Brews on April 7, 2018 as a 101 North entry.

*Recipes are subject to change on availability of ingredients in the market.

The grand prize winner will retain ownership of their recipe. However, all production brew will be the property of 101 North Brewing Company. By entering the Competition, entrants permit 101 North Brewing Company to use their respective recipe, recipe name, entrant’s name and any other identifying information for the purpose of manufacturing, promoting, advertising and trade.  101 North Brewing Company shall have the right, but not the obligation, to brew the winner's recipe as a year-around or seasonal offering.  The grand prize winner will not be compensated for time or for commercially sold beer derived from the winner’s recipe.

11. General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Competition is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, Acts of God, or in the event the Competition is cancelled for any reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Competition to address the impairment and then resume the Competition in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Competition. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney's fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

12. Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in the Competition, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Competition, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Competition or receipt or use of the Grand Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Competition, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Competition; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) lost, late, incomplete, garbled, illegible, undelivered, stolen, damaged, delayed, postage-due or misdirected mail, entries, application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Competition, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Competition, judging, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application, the processing of entries application downloads or in any Competition-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Competition or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the Grand Prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant agrees that they will receive no financial compensation from either Sponsor or 101 North Brewing Company. Entrant acknowledges that the Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition is a fundraiser for the Petaluma Downtown Association. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that they will receive no portion of the proceeds and no financial benefit whatsoever. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Competition, and in no event, shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney's fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Competition. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

13. Privacy

Information collected from entrants is subject to sponsor's privacy policy.

14. Disputes

A controversy or claim arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, or the breach thereof, where either party is seeking in excess of $10,000 in damages shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

Each party shall bear its own costs and expenses and an equal share of the arbitrators' and administrative fees of arbitration.


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