Thank you for your interest in the IBU Open organized by Iowa Brewers Union, Des Moines, IA.

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

268 entries have been added to the system as of 12:56 PM, Tuesday, February 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 overall style 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. Entries submitted in the wrong category will not be changed to appropriate categories, so please make sure you label and enter correctly.

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.

Competition Official

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

  • Matt Melcher — Competition Coordinator


Iowa Brewers Union is proud to have the following sponsors for the IBU Open.

Confluence Brewery
1235 Thomas Beck Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315
Confluence Brewery
The IBU would like to thank Confluence Brewing for everything they do for the club. Thanks again for hosting the 2018 IBU Open
P&M Apparel
206 W Van Dorn, PO Box 377, Polk City, IA 50226
P&M Apparel
The IBU would like to thank P&M Apparel for the great work they did on the IBU Open medals and their generosity with those as well!