The following competitions make up the Lone Star Circuit.

2017 Lone Star Circuit Competions
Competition Name Web Site Entry Window Event Date
Bluebonnet Brew-Off Closed 3/24-25
Lunar Rendezbrew


Cactus Challenge Closed 5/6
Alamo City Cerveza Fest 4/1-5/19 6/24
Big Batch Brew Bash 5/12 5/21
The Inquisition 6/25-7/9 8/12
Limbo Challenge 7/1-7/27 8/19
Operation Fermentation 6/1-6/21 7/29
O'zapft Is 8/13-31 10/7
Texas Mead Fest 8/1-30 9/23
Dixie Cup TBD 10/21
LSC Information    


We will have the first Limbo planning meeting of the year this Sunday afternoon starting at 2p at Mike Grover's house in Carrollton.  We will be setting the styles for this year's competition and determining the committee.  If you are interested in helping out with Limbo, come on out to Mike's at 2p Sunday.  Address is:

1939 Castille Dr

Carrollton, TX 75007

Hope to see you there!



Lunar & Cactus Drop Off Times Confirmed

Times for dropping off your Lunar Rendezbrew and Cactus Challenge entries at Bluebonnet this weekend have been confirmed!


Drop off for the Lunar will be at 10am (sharp) on Sat in the lobby of the DFW Airport Sheraton.


The Cactus Challenge will have folks in the lobby of the DFW Sheraton on Friday 3/24 from 4p - 430p and on Saturday 3/25 from 9a - 930a.

Bluebonnet Judging - continues

40 flights of 156 have been judged. We still have many flights to judge.

Thanks to all the judges that came out last weekend!

Bluebonnet judging continues this Friday evening at Dallas Makerspace in Carrollton.  There will be one flight on Friday evening starting at 6:30 PM. Plan on Friday evening being a big beer flight or something special.

Judging will continue all day Saturday beginning at 9am and ending at 5pm at Makerspace.

There will be no judging on Sunday this week.

Bluebonnet Drop Off Deadline - TODAY!

Today at 6pm is the drop off deadline for Bluebonnet entries at Homebrew Headquarters and Dallas Homebrew.

This Saturday 2/4 will be check in at Dallas Makerspace (1825 Monetary Ln #104, Carrollton, TX 75006). We will start setting up at 8am and checking in at 9am but come by any time if you can't be there first thing in the morning. The more people that show up, the quicker we will be finished! Hope to see you there!

National Homebrew Competition

Registration for the National Homebrew Competition will be open from 1/30 - 2/5. A link to the competition site is listed below if you are interested in more info and sending in some entries.  The club will host a packing party (date TBD) and pay for shipping any club member's entries to the first round locations.  

Bluebonnet Brew-Off site is live!

The Bluebonnet website is up and running!  Links are listed below for the main page and entries along with the People’s Choice info page and entry info.  You will also find links for reserving rooms and getting a TABC certification if you are planning to serve for the Big Thirsty!

IMPORTANT – The site for registering entries is open for testing purposes only!  Profiles can be created since this is a new system for 2017 however any entries added will be deleted before the site goes live on Sunday 1/15.   


Bluebonnet Brewoff Offering Intro to Judging Classes

This is from James Lallande, the director of this year's Bluebonnet Brewoff. The BBO is giving classes at the Dallas Makerspace. Details below: Intro to Beer Judging We will have 3 introduction to beer judging classes at the Dallas Makerspace. This course is designed to give a basic understanding of judging beer and is a great opportunity to learn a little about judging in order to be prepared for judging Bluebonnet if you have never judged before. Please PM if you have any questions. 1825 Monetary Lane #104 Carrollton, TX 75006 Dates and links:

Pick up your Cluster hops

If you have requested Cluster hops to use in the Bluebonnet specialty category in 2017, the hops will be available for pick up at the brew club meeting next Tuesday night at Bitter Sisters brewery in Addison.  If you cannot make it to the meeting, please send an email to and we can arrange a time for you to pick up the hops.  

We also have a limited amount of hops left for club members to claim.  If interested, please email me ( and let me know how many ounces you would like (up to 8oz).

Going for Gold with Nick

Our MoE mentioned some useful podcasts in this month’s newsletter. Here is a great one on competing from 2016 AHA Homebrewer of the Year.

Bluebonnet Entries

If you are dropping entries off at the homebrew stores, please be sure to box your entries in a sealed box.  Do not drop off your entries in a 6 pack holder!  The stores will likely be moving entries around as more come in, and placing entries in a 6 pack holder is a good way to ensure your entries will be broken or lost.  Do yourself and the stores a favor and pack your entries in a sealed box with your paperwork enclosed.  On the outside of the box, write your name and phone number, Bluebonnet Brewoff and Box # of # .

Good Luck

Dixie Cup Shipping

Next Monday 9/18 is the packing party for the Dixie Cup at Dallas Homebrew in Carrollton.  I will be there starting at 5p.  If you need to pack entries, please arrive as close to 5p as possible since the shop closes at 6p.  As always, the club will provide packing materials and cover the cost of shipping the entries to the Dixie Cup.

If you have any questions about competitions, please email me at  





Reminder that the packing party for Ozapft and the TX Mead Cup is this Thursday 8/24 at Homebrew Headquarters in Richardson.  I will be set up in the space next to Homebrew HQ from 5p to 6p collecting entries for both competitions.  As always, the club will provide packing supplies and cover the cost of shipping the entries to the comps.  If you have any questions, please email me at

Limbo Challenge Deadline - 7/27

Reminder that tomorrow (7/27) at 6p CT is the entry and drop off deadline for the Limbo Challenge!  The registration site and local brew shops close at 6p so plan to pay for and drop off your entries ahead of time.  Please make sure your entries are packed to be transported…that means no 6pk holders!  Bottles must have labels printed from the Limbo registration site that are attached with rubber bands.    


Homebrew Inquisition Drop Off Deadline TODAY

Reminder that today is the drop off deadline for Homebrew Inquisition entries at Dallas Homebrew and Homebrew Headquarters. All entries must be dropped off 100% ready to ship. Neither store will provide packing supplies for entries. Both shops close at 6p so please be sure to arrive before then.

Homebrew Inquisition Drop Off

Entry deadline for the Austin Zealots Homebrew Inquisition is on July 9th.  Due to the July 4th holiday and short entry window for the Inquisition, the club will not be hosting a packing party this month.  Dallas Homebrew and Homebrew Headquarters have agreed to accept Inquisition entries and ship them to Austin at the club’s expense.  All entries must be dropped off at either shop by Wednesday 7/5 at 6p and be 100% ready to ship.  Neither shop will provide packing materials.  If you need packing supplies, please em

Packing Party Tonight!

REMINDER! Tonight is the packing party for the Big Batch Brew Bash and possibly the Alamo City Cerveza Fest at Homebrew Headquarters in Richardson! I will be there at 5p with packing supplies. Please arrive as close to 5p as possible to allow plenty of time to pack entries.



Hello NTHBA!  Just a reminder that the club will host a packing party next Mon 5/8 starting at 5pm at Homebrew Headquarters in Richardson.  We will be shipping entries to the Big Batch Brew Bash in Houston and the Alamo City Cerveza Fest in San Antonio.  The Big Batch is a single style event.  This year's category is 21B - Belgian IPA's.  The Alamo City Cerveza Fest is open to all BJCP categories.   


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