The event will host three independent competitions:

  1. Homebrew
  2. Vegetarian Chili
  3. Chili con Carne

A single competitor may enter up to two competitions. All entrants must be at least 21 years old. No outside commercial alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Every competitor must purchase one of the nonrefundable Competitor Ticket options, bought directly from Baltibrew’s Ticketspice website. Upon arrival with your brew and/or chili contest submissions, you will receive an attendee glass and competitor t-shirt.

To enter, complete an online entry form and buy the ticket as soon as possible. There is no entry deadline, but online registration will be limited to 30 entries.

Please note that only (1) person is eligible as a +1 per one (1) competitor ticket purchase.  If additional people are coming with you beyond that +1, they must either be independently registered as competitors and bring their own contest submissions, or they must purchase general-admission tickets.


Quantity: Competitors should supply roughly 5 gallons of brew and/or 3 gallons of chili. Larger quantities are definitely recommended though (see Judging section below; e.g. historically we’ve found that the Homebrew winners generally brought 1 case or more).

Styles: All styles are welcome; “ChiliBrew” does not mean we’re telling you to bring chili-pepper-beer! There are no style requirements or guidelines except that everything must be homemade (not prepackaged) and safe for consumption in moderation.

Brew Containers: may not have commercial product labels (neither attached to the container, nor printed directly on it as with Rogue/Stone/Corona), but labels made by entrants and/or containers with embossed markings (such as Samuel Adams’) are acceptable. Any size or type of brew container is OK: bottle/growler/keg/etc., so long as you bring everything everything needed to get the brew into attendee glasses.

Vegetarian Chili: submissions may not contain any meat or animal byproduct that requires the death of the animal to produce, and submissions with dairy or eggs must be labeled as such. We encourage Vegetarian Chili entrants to be able to answer questions concerning ingredients for tasters who may observe restricted diets.

Chili con Carne: submissions have no specific ingredient requirements.

Delivery: Competitors must arrive on-site with their submission by 4 PM, which is one hour before general admission.  We urge competitors to use the rear parking lot accessible via Gay St.  All competitors must check in at the Competitor Check-In table, located between the rear parking lot and Zion’s north side.

Setup & Presentation: Bring your own ice!  Homebrew competitors are in charge of beverage temperature control. For folks bringing chili, we are providing chafing dishes and Sterno pots to present and keep chili warm. We will provide sampling glasses, cups, spoons, napkins, tables and chairs for all competitors. If there is anything you would like to be available for judges to enjoy while tasting your submissions (e.g. bread, cheese), you are welcome to personally supply it.

Leftovers: If you brought it, take it home. Otherwise, the event organizers and volunteers will dispose of all leftovers and stray materials at the end of the event.


This event is not officially sanctioned by any competitive organization.

There will be TWO judging panels:

(1) All ticketed attendees are judges for the People’s Charmingest awards, and each attendee will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite competitor in each competition

(2) A panel of local celebrity judges will be assigned to each competition and will rank their top three favorite competitors whose submissions they tasted.

All judges for the Homebrew competition must be at least 21 years old. Only homebrew judges or entrants may taste, handle, or be served homebrew submissions.

Each homebrew serving dispensed to a judge is not to exceed 4 fluid ounces.  Recommended chili sample size is 2 fluid ounces.  Judges are not obligated to taste all submissions for the competition(s) they judge. It is recommended that competitors reserve 8 samples for the celebrity judge panel to taste; event staff will visit your table to collect these and deliver them to the panel.

Judging will be hedonistic-style: judges may use any criteria they wish to evaluate competitors (flavor enjoyment, refinement, appearance, creativity, whatever).

At the end of the event, the celebrity panel judges will submit their ranked lists of the top three competitors in each category, and all votes from attendees will be tallied. In each competition, the competitors with the most attendee votes will win that competition’s People’s Charmingest awards, in ranked order of their vote totals.

Judges can’t taste what’s already gone!  Ration your portions wisely!


Winners must be present at the event to claim prizes unless they make arrangements with event staff for a proxy to receive the prize in their place for later delivery. Unclaimed prizes without a proxy recipient will be allocated to the next-highest finishers in the competition. We will announce the winners during the event.