The Competition


The idea

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.


The rules

Applications to compete/serve will be accepted online, beginning February 1, 2020. The complete contest rules can be found HERE.

  • The 2020 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 an online application. Applications will be accepted starting February 1, 2020. All entries will be processed electronically. 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.