Welcome to the 21st Annual Palmetto State Brewers Open homebrew competition! PSBO is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition and proud participant in the Southeastern Homebrewers Association. Entries will be accepted in all beer, mead, and cider categories based on BJCP 2015 guidelines.

Judging and award ceremony will be held on Dec 7th at CottonTown Brew Lab in downtown Columbia, SC. Our potluck breakfast and lunch are circuit renown for its amazing dishes! There will be lots of finger-licking BBQ and delicious home cooking from our club members.

Entrants are limited to a maximum of 12 entries per Southeastern Homebrewers Association competition rules. Participants may submit only 1 entry per BJCP subcategory. Categories with a low number of entries may be combined together for judging purposes. Likewise, categories with a large number of entries may be split by subcategory for judging purposes. Medals will be awarded for flight winners along with ribbons for Best of Show in beer and mead/cider.

The PSBO charity raffle is going to be one of the best raffles you have ever seen. Check out the official PSBO Facebook page with daily updates of sponsors and raffle items. You will not want to miss a chance to win items like a brand new Spike Brewing Flex small-batch fermenter, a 5 Gallon Whiskey Barrel From Crouch Distilling, or brew gear and supplies from over 60 sponsors valued at over $5000. For a full list of our amazing and generous sponsors, click here.

100% of the raffle proceeds will go to Homeward Bound Pet Rescue. Last year PSBO raffle raised just over $1,000 for South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Thank you in advance for your entries, signing up as judges and stewards, and supporting the camaraderie that is homebrewing.

Registration for Judging / Stewarding is now open. Entry Registration will open on October 14th, 2019. Register here!

We look forward to seeing our old friends and making new friends! Cheers!

PSBO Brewer’s Choice Award

This year several have sponsored specific categories in the PSBO competition.

Brewers from the sponsoring category will be helping to judge the styles and pick the beer they want to brew and serve at their brewery.

While this is often the 1st place beer, the brewery has the option to pick a different beer if they feel it will fit better within their ability to reproduce and/or sell.

The list of participating breweries and styles are listed below. Exact categories may change slightly or be combined with others at the same table for consideration. The list is subject to change, so check back often!

Best of Show Pro-Am
NEIPA Brewers Choice

Entry Rules

  • Limited to the first 350 PAID entries.
  • Entries being shipped must be shipped to shipping location(s) specified in Reggiebeer after entering.
  • No entries accepted on the day of competition
  • 2 – 12oz bottles for each entry
  • Bottles should be free from identifying marks such as raised lettering on the bottle
  • Bottle caps must be free of writing or label. If the cap has writing or labels, it should be blacked out by a black marker prior to entry
  • Judges and Stewards will earn BJCP experience points.
  • Bottle labels should be securely affixed with a rubber band. Do not tape labels to bottles. Make sure your labels are covered with a bag or taped on both sides of label and then attached with a rubber band. This prevents moisture from damaging your labels.
  • Entries can be hand-carried and dropped off at one of the drop off location(s) specified below.

Competition Location

  • Judging Sessions on
  • Friday 12/6 PM
  • Saturday 12/7 Morning
  • Saturday 12/7 Afternoon
  • Cottontown Brew Lab
  • 1223 Franklin St Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone # : 844-4273952
  • Listing: Competition Site

Drop Off Locations

  • Bet-Mar
  • 736 St Andrews Rd Columbia, SC 29210
  • Phone # : 803-798-2033
  • Contact: Rick
  • Listing: Drop-Off Location
  • Alternative Beverage
  • 1500 River Dr #104 Belmont, NC 28012
  • Phone # : 704-527-2337
  • Contact: Jess
  • Listing: Drop-Off Location
  • Asheville Brewers Supply
  • 712 Merrimon Ave Asheville, NC 28804
  • Phone # : 828-358-3536
  • Contact: Ted
  • Listing: Drop-Off Location
  • DIY Brew House
  • 10509 Two Notch Rd, Suite A Elgin, SC 29045
  • Phone #: 803-466-6026
  • Contact: Kevin
  • Listing: Drop-Off Location


Shipping info will be provided once you are registered in ReggieBeer and created entries. There will be a drop-down menu for you to select how you will be getting your entries to the competition.


Day of Parking can be found on surrounding streets. Spaces can be limited at times so please plan accordingly. Do not park on any yellow curbs. You will get ticketed.