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A Fundraiser for the John Lyon VFW Post 3150

Registration: September 1 - October 21, 2023

Drop-off/mail-in window: October 7 - 28, 2023

Judging Date: November 4, 2023 

Registration is currently open for the 2023 NoVA Classic - enter today!

In 2017, GRiST partnered with the John Lyon VFW Post 3150, Arlington, VA  to create the NoVA Classic Homebrew Competition (AHA/BJCP sanctioned) open to all homebrewers. All proceeds will benefit the John Lyon VFW Post 3150We will use the 2021 BJCP Style Guidelines (see rules for details) and visit the competition website for instructions on how to drop off your entry:

John Lyon Award - open only to veterans, active duty personnel, and their dependents (proof required at later date)
. Enter on the same NoVA Classic site.
In honor of our friends at the John Lyon VFW Post 3150, as part of the NoVA Classic Homebrew Competition, John Lyon entries will be part of a sub-competition. Learn more about the John Lyon Award here.


Q: What is the GRiST NOVA Classic Hombrew Competition? 

A: It is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition to benefit our friends at the John Lyon VFW Post 3150 in Arlington. Learn more about them here.

Q: What are the rules for the competition?  

A: You can find the rules on the competition entry page or by clicking here.

Q: What is the John Lyon Award and what are its rules?

A: You can find more about the award and rules here.

Q: What will it cost to enter?

A: It will cost $12.92 per entry with all proceeds supporting John Lyon VFW Post 3150. 

Q: Am I limited in how many entries I can submit?

A: Yes, each brewer is limited to three entries. 

Q: When will registration open and close?

A: Registration will open on Monday, August 20 and close on either October 12 at 5:00 p.m. or when the 200-entry cap has been reached. 

Q: When and where will drop off be?

A: Drop off will begin Friday, September 1 and end Saturday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m. All drop-off locations are listed on the competition entry page, scroll to the bottom for shipping/drop-off instructions: 

Q: How can I get updates?

A: Follow the GRiST social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for updates. 

Q: I can't enter a beer this year, is there another way to support the 2023 NoVA Classic? 

A: Yes, this year GRiST is selling t-shirts and shirt sale proceeds will be combined with competition proceeds to make a donation to the John Lyon VFW. Click here to order your shirt by Oct. 6.

Q: What if I have other questions?

A: You can email Udit Minocha, Competition Coordinator at


Many Thanks to Past Sponsors of the NoVA Classic!

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