Unlike most beer festivals, here, home brewers are the stars. We invite all amateur brewers to enter for your chance at $10,000 in cash prizes. Entry is open to anyone (except those who produce beer in a commercial setting). The only cost is your beer and your time.
Applications to compete/serve will be accepted online, beginning February 1, 2019. The complete contest rules can be found HERE.
The 2019 Hoppy Possum is open to just 75 brewers.
No professional brewers will be allowed to compete. Anyone working for a commercial brewery who’s job duties include any aspect of beer production, will not be permitted to compete.
Each brewer must serve beer of their own creation
10 gallons of each entry is required
Brewers are allowed up to three entries
For every entry, the brewer will receive one complimentary ticket to the festival
The top five entries will be determined by popular vote. Those top five entries will move on to a final judging panel to determine winners. No style guidelines, no BJCP judges, just your beer up against that of your peers.
First place will receive $8,000
Second place will receive $1,000
Third place will receive $500
Fourth place will receive $300
Fifth place will receive $200
Brewers who wish to participate in the 2019 Hoppy Possum: Southern Brewer Cup must complete the Online Application. All entries will be processed electronically. Entries will be reviewed and approved or denied on a first come, first serve basis. No brewer is approved to serve at the Hoppy Possum until they receive email confirmation that their application has been approved. Applications will be approved at the sole discretion of event organizers. By participating, the brewer agrees to be fully unconditionally bound by these rules.
We are proud to partner with The Carnegie Hotel as our official host hotel. This AAA 4 Diamond property is just minutes from the event venue and downtown Johnson City. Do not let the look of this hotel fool you, special group rate for Hoppy Possum is only $119 per night. To book, contact Crystal Walton directly at (423) 979-6400