I never thought we’d have as many people sign up for the inaugural Kolsch Cup like we did but, holy moly, we’ve had 65 entries so far. After talking to the voice of reason in our group, Todd, we decided that we do need to cap entries at 65 (which is 15 more than Todd actually wanted to accept but I “forgot” to tell him when we hit 50 entries… oops).
Also – if you’ve signed up but think you’ll need to drop out for any reason, let me know so I can open up that spot for someone else! I had no idea we’d have this much participation and I’m so excited! The Grand Champion trophy and runner up medals are on their way to our HQ as well as the run of shirts. It’s all coming together nicely!


2021 will be the first year we host the Homebrew Happy Hour Kölsch Cup! Todd, James, and myself will be crowning 1 grand champion along with 2 medals for runner ups and EVERY competitor will receive a t-shirt (adult small to 4XL sizes available) just for entering.

Also, to sweeten the deal for our wonderful Patreon members receiving recipe kits this month… your entry into the competition is FREE! You just have to register below and get your bottles shipped to us by March 5th, then we’ll handle the rest. For everyone else, it’s only $20 to enter and that’s basically just to help us cover our costs on the shirts and shipping the swag out to you all.

We will be talking about this on our weekly show so tune in to catch any updates or news. You’ll also receive an email with any updates and also an email with a PayPal invoice to pay your registration fee of $20. When we receive your payment, you’ll be assigned an entry # with instructions for how to label the kolsch you ship or deliver to us.

Good luck to all who enter!

(here is an example of the scoresheet we’ll be using and sending back to participants)

Kölsch Cup 2021 Rules & Guidelines

Entry Fee

The entry fee in 2021 will be $20 per entry. Your entry fee is to cover our costs for the shirt you will receive, and the Grand Champion trophy along with the two runner up medals, and shipping this stuff back out to you after the competition.

How to enter the Kölsch Cup

Step 1: Competition Application/Payment: January 1st – February 28th

Step 2: Entry Registration & Payment

CONFIRMATION EMAIL: Confirmation emails are all sent by me, Joshua, the next Friday after you submit your registration form. A $20 per entry charge is due via the PayPal invoice you’ll receive at the same time. Once you pay for your entries, you are officially entered in the competition. Payments are due by February 28th, 2021.
Disclaimer: Failure to pay within the deadline window will result in dismissal from the competition.


Getting your kölsch to us!

You need to deliver two 12oz bottles (or cans) of your kölsch to

Kölsch Cup | ATTN Joshua
1800 EDC Parkway
Comanche, TX 76442

and they must be delivered to us on or before Friday, March 5th. Please do your best to make sure your kölsch gets to us by the deadline!

When I send you your confirmation email AFTER you’ve paid for your entry/s, you’ll also get a unique entry number. PLEASE INCLUDE THIS NUMBER either on a piece paper inside your shipment packaging or tape it to the bottles or somehow make sure it’s included with your bottles/cans.

These unique entry numbers will allow you to view your scoresheet online (we’ll also be shipping you a scoresheet with your t-shirt) with anonymity so only you will know that your kölsch was the kölsch that I loved best and nobody even came close to making a delicious kölsch like you did!

It is the entrant’s responsibility to make sure entries arrive on time and are labeled correctly. Please do not use the United States Postal Service (USPS)
Plan on using a private courier. It is best to schedule a pickup from home or place of business. Often shipments brought directly through UPS/FedEx store may get denied as shipping alcohol against policy. Indicate “glassware” or “samples” if asked to provide such information.
Beware of scrutiny with ground shipping.
Package MUST have “Kölsch Cup” listed on package when delivered.
Deliver Direct (drop-off): If you’re near us, feel free to drop off your entry!
Arrange for a return receipt or tracking number. 
Pack it well (make it unbreakable). I, personally, recommend using https://www.craftyshipping.com/ products. We use them all the time and they’re great!
Create a packing list/inventory each box in case of an incident
Cost Saving Tip: Entrants may consolidate shipments when sending competition beers. This saves time and money! Consider contacting your local homebrew club, homebrew shop, or brewery to discuss options.


Kölsch Cup will rate every beer on a similar scale used by the American Homebrewer’s Association (scoring the beer overall from 1-50) and we will be awarding ONE Grand Champion trophy and TWO Runner Up medals. 

Judging Process

The widely recognized expertise regarding the topic of kölsch by myself (Joshua), Todd (caveman), and James (handsome) is world renowned and we’re excited to be judging a kölsch only competition. As of right now, the plan is to begin the first “round” of judging on Friday, March 5th, and live-stream the process. We’ll continue drinking/judging on Saturday and revisit the top kölsches that we judge Saturday evening or Sunday (if need be) to determine winners. This is why we ask for two bottles or cans, so that we can have that second bottle/can to drink if your kölsch is in the final running!

The livestreaming component is another reason why it’s important to include your entry number (given to you by me via email AFTER you pay for your entry) so that you’ll know if we’re judging your beer at that time.

WARNING: Todd is brutally honest and will, undoubtedly, say harsh things if he feels it’s warranted while drinking your kölsch. I can promise you that I’ve been called the worst of the worst by him and you get used to it after a while. I’m anticipating only really good things being said during kölsch cup though because, well, we’ll be drinking your kölsch!

We don’t currently have a cap on entries YET but we might have to since it’ll only be the 3 of us judging. We plan on having the judging wrapped up by Sunday, March 7th, with the winners announced that same day and the trophy and medals shipped out the following Monday, March 8th. 


Competitions are fun already but the last thing we want is for anyone to stress over this. Brewing and drinking kölsch is already my favorite thing to do and our community (YOU) are awesome and I can’t wait to try your brews. Someone messaged me asking if I’m opposed to adjuncts in their entries and I said “GO FOR IT!”. I promise you that even if you brewed a 1:1 clone of Fruh Kölsch that it won’t guarantee you winning because I’m only 1/3 of the votes anyway. Todd loves dry kölsch with more hop forwardness while James likes the crisp lager’esque kölsch of Peter’s Kölsch in Cologne. Our tastes are so different that I’m genuinely excited to see who’s entries end up getting our collective praise and prizes!