Grumpy Troll Challenge

The Grumpy Troll Brew Pub & The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild are pleased to announce The Eighth Annual Grumpy Troll Challenge on May 14th, 2016.

The contest is a challenge to Homebrewers to submit their best beers to be judged by BJCP standards.  Submissions will be accepted from amateur brewers only!

Two of the beers selected for the Best of Show round, as chosen by the Grumpy Troll owners and Brewmaster will get the opportunity to brew their recipe with Grumpy Troll Brewmaster Mark Knoebl.

There is a limit of 100 entries for this competition.

Entrants must be willing/able to participate in the brewing process for at least one day (Brewmaster Knoebl will work with you to find a date to brew).

Beers eligible for submission are all BJCP Beer Categories except for categories 23 (European Sour Ale), 28 (American Wild Ale), 34A (Clone Beer).

Due to Brewery Sanitation concerns, no sours beers or beers using brettanomyces, pediococcus or lactobacillus are allowed.

To ensure your beer is properly judged, please review the special instructions in the BJCP guidelines and make sure you list all required information.

Submitted beers cannot require a maturation time of more than six months or the cost of $10 per five gallon batch for specialty ingredients such as fruit, herbs, spices, vegetables and other, (not including hops, malt and yeast).

Procedures and the ingredients for the beers chosen to be brewed at The Grumpy Troll are likely to have their recipe adjusted to meet the limits of The Grumpy Troll’s brewery.

Register your beer online at

For each entry, the brewer must submit:

  • Three 12 oz bottles of beer or one 22 oz or 750 ml bottle and one 12 oz or larger bottle.
  • Attach bottle identification forms to each bottle with a rubber band.
  • Bottles and caps should have no labels or identifying marks. Soft drink or other printed crown caps are acceptable if the caps have been blacked out.
  • Do not print out the recipe sheet or entry sheet.
  • Only one entry per brewer, per subcategory is allowed.
  • If you are not an MHTG member, include a check made out to The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild (MHTG) for $7 / entry.

The preferred entry submission location is the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub (Shipping Address:105 S. Second Street, Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin 53572) between Friday, April 15th 2016 and Sunday, May 8th 2016.  All entries must be received by the end of business on Sunday, May 8th, 2016).

If you need additional time or cannot get your beer to The Grumpy Troll by those dates contact Peter Steinberg.

If you have any questions regarding entries please contact Peter Steinberg at

Judges and stewards can register at the same website (

Past Contest Results