May 11, 2013

Official Site is now at:

2012 Eight Seconds of Froth Homebrew Winners are posted here

Best of Show: Scott Buchholz, Manitou Springs, CO, Rauchbier

Honorable Mention: Scott Buchholz, Manitou Springs, CO, Southern English Brown Ale

ProAm selection: American Rye Beer by Brian Pramov, Denver, CO.

The High Plains Drafters Homebrew Club of Cheyenne, Wyoming cordially invite you to enter Wyoming's oldest sanctioned homebrew competition - Eight Seconds of Froth.
Homebrew entries will be evaluated by experienced judges at Eight Seconds of Froth. The number of Categories will be determined after all of the entries are received. Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries in each Category, as well as for a Best of Show. This year's competition will be held at the Historic Plains Hotel in Downtown Cheyenne. Also, one category winner will again be selected by Nathan Venner of Altitude Chophouse and Brewery in Laramie to be brewed and entered in the GABF Pro-Am competition. To be eligible for this honor, be sure to include your AHA membership number with your entry as only AHA members at the time of brewing are allowed to enter the Pro-Am.

Homebrew Competition Rules

The Competition is open to amateur homebrewers age 21 or older. 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.!).
Each beer, mead or cider will be judged according to the 2008 BJCP guidelines. Beers of similar styles will be grouped together to allow for manageable judging sessions and reasonable competition. Best beers in each Category will be judged in a final round to determine the Best of Show Beer.
An entry shall consist of two (2) bottles, 10 - 22 ounce, preferably green or brown glass. Bottles must be clean of all paper, printed or enameled labels, label adhesive, misc. debris, raised designs or brand names, or any other distinguishing features. Clear glass, wire swing-top and oversized (22 oz. or champagne) bottles are acceptable, though discouraged. Printed crown caps are acceptable but must be blacked out completely with black marker to assure anonymity. Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
Each bottle shall have a bottle identification form or reasonable facsimile attached with a rubber band to facilitate collection of forms; glue and/or tape are unacceptable. A single recipe form must accompany each entry. Promash entry forms are also accepted. An online registration page is at  Please also print the online form and include it with your beers. Enter your beer according to the 2008 BJCP classifications -- a copy of these classifications is available on the BJCP site in several formats. Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified per the BJCP Style Guidelines. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry. Anyone interested in judging or stewarding should also email the judge coordinator, Brian Mertz at, or (307)220-7035.
Brewers are limited to one entry per BJCP subcategory. Additionally, in Category 23A, Historic, Experimental, or other uncategorized beer types can be used as subtypes of the main category and more than one different beer entered, one in each subtype.
Entry Fees
An entry fee of $7 per entry will be collected on all entries. Attach entry fee to the Entry and Recipe form. Make checks payable to 'High Plains Drafters'.
More Rules
Entrants agree to allow the High Plains Drafters the right to publish recipes without compensation. All entries become High Plains Drafters property. Infractions of these rules may disqualify any entry. Disqualified beers may still be judged but will not be eligible for awards. The judges may decide to not award any or all places in any Category. The decision of the judges is final.

Where to Enter
Entries can be shipped, postage paid, by common carrier, or may be delivered in person to Depot Street Merchants. Entries will be accepted starting April 12th, and until 3pm on Saturday, April 27th at Depot Street Merchants. Please have a check or the exact change attached to your recipe forms. All entries will be stored cool until the time of judging.

Depot Street Merchants
316 W. 15th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82001
(307) 638-0662

Entries may also be dropped off at (but not shipped to):
Hop To It, 2900 Valmont Rd. D2, Boulder, CO. (303) 444-8888
Beer at Home, 4393 S Broadway, Englewood, CO (303)789-3676
The Brew Hut, 15108 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO (303)680-8898
Beer at Home, 1325 W. 121st Ave., Westminster, CO (720)872-9463
Stomp Them Grapes, 4731 Lipan St., Denver, CO, (303)433-6552
Hops & Berries, 125 Remington St., Fort Collins, CO, (970)493-2484
or Dr.Fermento, 122 East Midwest, Casper, WY 82601, (307)232-8575 (by April 17th at noon)

  from April 12th until 12:00 noon on April 27th, beers from these locations will be picked up on April 27th (except Casper).

Homebrew judging will be on Saturday May 11, 2013. Judging sessions will be held held at the Historic Plains Hotel in Downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming, beginning at 9:00am. Judging information will be sent to area BJCP judges. If you are not a registered BJCP judge, but would like to judge at the competition, please contact the Judge Coordinator, Brian Mertz. Stewards and apprentice judges are always welcome. Contact the Judge Coordinator above or go to the entry site and register if you can help with judging or stewarding. Lunch will be provided for Judges and Stewards.
The Historic Plains Hotel has offered a discounted room rate for judges/stewards who wish to stay overnight. Call (307)638-3311 and tell them you are with the competiton to make a reservation.
Awards Ceremony & Celebration
An awards ceremony will be held following the judging. Awards and prizes will be handed out to those in attendance and mailed to those not present. For more information see the Drafters  club web site at or,  Bill Briggs or Brian Mertz by email.
The Plains Hotel is loacted at the corner of 16th Street and Central Avenue in downtown Cheyenne.
Depot Street Merchants is located at 316 West 15th Street, in downtown Cheyenne, between Carey Avenue and Pioneer Avenue.
Altitude Chophouse and Brewery is located at 320 South 2nd Street in downtown Laramie on the corner of 2nd St. and Garfield St.

Seventh Annual Ace of Clubs Competiton

This is the Seventh year of the Ace of Clubs competition within a competition. Homebrew clubs will be awarded points for total number of entries and judges, and for all top three finishes by their members in each category and BOS. Winning club receives a travelling trophy plus other goodies. Your club keeps the trophy for the year and then returns it at next year's Dredhop to be made ready for the upcoming Eight Seconds of Froth and Ace of Clubs competitions.
Ace of Clubs Points will be awarded as follows:
Each entry gets your club      1 Point
Each Judge gets your club     1 Point
Each Steward gets your club 1 Point
1st Place in a category gets   5 Points
2nd Place in a category gets  3 Points
3rd Place in a category gets   2 Points
Best Of Show gets                5 Points
Tell your members to be sure to list the club name on the entry. Only one club per entry. No Club=No Credit.

The following businesses have helped make this competiton happen. Please support them as well.
The Historic Plains Hotel
Depot Street Merchants
Altitude Chophouse and Brewery
The Bread Basket
Briess Malt & Ingredients
White Labs
L.D.Carlson Co.
Five Star Chemicals
Full Sail Brewing
Cargill Malt

It's not too late to help out. Contact Bill Briggs or Brian Mertz if you want your name added to this list.