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Specialty Beer

These beers are brewed using unusual fermentable sugars, grains and starches that contribute to alcohol content other than, or in addition to, malted barley. nuts generally have some degree of fermentables, thus beers brewed with nuts would appropriately be entered in this category. the distinctive characters of these special ingredients should be evident either in the aroma, flavor or overall balance of the beer, but not necessarily in overpowering quantities. for example, maple syrup or potatoes would be considered unusual. rice, corn, or wheat are not considered unusual. special ingredients must be listed when competing. a statement by the brewer explaining the special nature of the beer, ingredient(s) and achieved character is essential in order for fair assessment in competitions. if this beer is a classic style with some specialty ingredient(s), the brewer should also specify the classic style. guidelines for competing: spiced beers using unusual fermentables should be entered in the experimental category. fruit beers using unusual fermentables should be entered in the fruit beer category.

Why Only Craft Beers?

The number one reason is craft beer tastes better than the "beer water" that is mass produced and mass marketed by the big beer companies. Craft beer tastes better because craft brewers spend their time focusing the quality of their beer rather than focusing on their marketing campaigns and stock prices.

Oh yeah! Craft beers can pack a punch. Most craft beers range from 5-10% ABV, but some can reach 20%, 30%, and even 40% ABV.