SJPC Terms & Conditions
The Sjporr Challenge (ORGANIZATION or SJPC) is a United States based homebrewing competition for Homebrewers (PARTICIPANTS) within the United States. Homebrewers outside of the United States, upon approval from the Sjporr Challenge, may organize and participate in the Sjporr Challenge within their country. Section B covers the additional requirements in order to form a participating organization of the Sjporr Challenge in a single country outside of the United States.
SECTION A: Terms and Conditions to participate in the Sjporr Challenge
- The Sjporr Challenge is open to all homebrewers of legal drinking age in their place of residence.
- Participants can only register one beer for the competition. That same beer must be used for each round of the competition. Participants may brew another batch of the same beer recipe to complete the competition.
- Beers produced on a commercial brewing system are not eligible for entry.
- No Refunds. Once a participant has registered for the Sjporr Challenge, the organization does not offer refunds.
- By registering for the Sjporr Challenge, participants agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the organization.
- Participants agree to follow the brewing guidelines for the current year’s competition. The brewing guidelines vary each year. The purpose is to expand participants brewing techniques and knowledge.
- Participants agree to follow the SJPC Bottling & Shipping Guidelines, the SJPC Label Guidelines, the YouTube & Media Guidelines, use the SJPC Scoring forms, and the SJPC Winner Terms & Conditions. Failure to follow any of these may result in disqualification from the Sjporr Challenge.
- Participants may only score each beer once. They cannot submit a score for their own beer.
- EMAIL: Participants are required to provide a current email address and are responsible to check their email regularly for updates. We suggest that @sjporrchallenge.org be added to your spam filter’s list of approved emails
- Organizers of the Sjporr Challenge are eligible to compete in the Sjporr Challenge. Participants use unique SJPC ID# for each round, which makes scoring anonymous. Participants, including organizers and Hub Coordinators, do not score their own beers. These guidelines are designed to ensure that scoring is fair for all participants. If it is determined that any of the organizers of the Sjporr Challenge intentionally alter scores, they will be disqualified from the competition along with any conspiring participants.
- SCORING: After registering, participants are assigned a unique SJPC ID# for the first round of the competition. (A unique SJPC ID# will be used for each round of the competition.) Prior to shipping, each participant is contacted by email and assigned to a Hub (Regional Coordinator / Hub Coordinator). The assigned Hub Coordinator will advise the number of beers required and refer participants to the posted shipping schedule and deadlines posted on the SjporrChallenge.org website. Participants ship the number of bottles indicated by their Hub Coordinator to their assigned local Hub. The Hub repacks participants beers and sends one beer from each of the other participants back to each participant for judging. Participants review each of the beers using the provided scoring worksheets. Scoring must be completed and submitted by the posted deadline.
At the end of each round, the scores are tallied to determine the placements of each participant within the Hub. The top 3 participants advance to the next round of the competition. The process repeats itself, until the top 3 winners within the United States and participating countries are determined.
The top 3 participants are announced, upon the completion of each round. The initial results are announcement by video available on Sjporr’s YouTube® channel. After the video is posted on YouTube, the results will be posted online the following day on the SjporrChallenge.org website and the Sjporr Challenge Facebook page.
All Participants will receive copies of the Scoring Worksheets for their beer from the other participants within several weeks after each round is completed and announced. The completed scoring forms will be provided by email.
Participants that receive the top 3 scores in each Hub advance to the next round of the Sjporr Challenge. Soon after the winners of Round 1 are announced, participants will be contacted by their next Hub Coordinator by email. The Hub Coordinator will provide them with a new unique SJPC ID# for Round 2 of the Sjporr Challenge. The coordinator advises the number of beers to be shipped for the round, remind them of the shipping and scoring deadlines, and provide them with a new set of scoring worksheets.
This process repeats until the final round, when the top three beers for the United States (and participating countries) are announced. (Usually 2 – 3 rounds.)
- Scoring Worksheets Deadlines: Scores must be complete and submitted within published timeline for each round. Participants who fail to do so within the published timeline for the round may be disqualified from the competition. Their scores of other participants beers will not be used to determine the winners and placements for that round.
- YouTube videos reviewing participants beers are are encouraged. As a courtesy to our sponsors, participants are required to include the current year’s Sjporr Challenge Intro video at the beginning of each video review. The intro video may be found in the Guidelines under YouTube Videos & Media Guidelines on the SjporrChallenge.org website.
- The Sjporr Challenge is a 501(c)(7) not-for-profit social activities and hobby club registered with the IRS in the United States.
- The Sjporr Challenge does not “recognize” any other groups, clubs, forums or organizations of any type. The Sjporr Challenge is guided by the club president, Stephen J. Porr (Sjporr) for the purpose of providing a peer judged homebrewing competition. Organization members are hand selected volunteers, who believe in clubs purpose and core values, and agree to follow the guidelines and spirit of the SJPC.
SECTION B: Sjporr Challenge Participation Outside of the United States
Sjporr Challenge competitions may be held outside of the United States under the following terms and conditions.
- Sjporr Challenge competitions outside of the United States may be created for a single country only. Homebrewers from different countries may not collectively organize to form an Sjporr Challenge. This is for the protection of the in country organizers and the Sjporr Challenge for both legal and financial reasons. (For the purposes of the Sjporr Challenge, Ireland, England, Scotland, etc., are all considered part of the United Kingdom.)
- Homebrewers should have a minimum of 5 participants to form an Sjporr Challenge withing their country.
- Homebrewers within a country must elect a Country Coordinator. The Country Coordinator is responsible for coordinating communications with the Sjporr Challenge, communications within the country, financial accountability for the country, managing Hubs, Shipping, etc.
- PARTICIPATION APPROVAL: For a country to participate in the Sjporr Challenge, the Country Coordinator must first contact one of Sjporr and/or one of the organizers of the Sjporr Challenge. They must agree to follow all of the Terms and Conditions in its entirety, including all of Section B.
The Country Coordinator should be prepared to submit the plan of the homebrewers within that country. The coordinator must be able to show that they have a financial plan for participation to cover shipping costs and any other related costs required to run an Sjporr Challenge within their country.
Upon submitting the request and financial plan, Sjporr and the governing body of the Sjporr Challenge will review the applicants submission and determine if the homebrewers in that country will be allowed to participate in the the Sjporr Challenge.
- Each participating country is responsible for determining the cost of participation and collecting the funds from participants who register.
- Each participating country is responsible for all of its own organization costs, shipping costs and any shipping liability, such as: duty taxes, damages, and following the laws within their country.
- Registrations costs and funds raised by the Country Coordinator, other organizers and participants may not be used for personal financial gain. Any remaining funds may be held for the next Sjporr Challenge. If the Country Coordinator determines they will not continue coordinating for their country, any unused funds should be transferred to the Sjporr Challenge located in the United States.
- Sjporr Challenges in other countries are required to use same schedule for Rounds as published on the SjporrChallenge.org website. Dependent upon the number of participants, individual countries may have as few as 1 Round and up to 3 Rounds to determine the winners.
- Participating countries may secure sponsors to help pay for shipping costs and participation expenses.
- The Sjporr Challenge will provide the Country Coordinator with unique SJPC ID#’s, Scoring Worksheets, Scoring Guidelines, Intro Video, media and other documents required to help administrate the competition within the country.
- The Sjporr Challenge agrees to announce the results of each round and the final winners both by Sjporr video, SjporrChallenge.org website, and Sjporr Challenge FaceBook page.