This competition is open to most BJCP categories (see rules for details) and in honor of our friends at the the John Lyon VFW Post 3150, the NoVA Classic Homebrew Competition will also feature a special competition open only to veterans, active duty personnel, and their dependents called the John Lyon Award. Learn more about the John Lyon Award here.
Registration for the 2019 NoVA Classic opens Monday, August 19, 2019.
Judging takes place Saturday, October 19. Awards and prizes for Best of Show, Best Oktoberfest Bier, the John Lyon Award, and many other prizes will be given out at a later ceremony TBA. All entrants are invited to attend the awards ceremony. Be sure to RSVP to our Facebook Event for competition updates!

In 2017, GRiST partnered with the John Lyon VFW Post 3150 in Arlington, VA  to create the NoVA Classic Homebrew Competition, an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition open to all homebrewers in the DMV area and beyond. All proceeds will benefit the John Lyon VFW Post 3150 in Arlington, VA. View our press release here.

A Fundraiser for the John Lyon VFW Post 3150


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 our rules page or by clicking here.

Q: What are the rules for the John Lyon Award?

A: You can find more about the rules here.

Q: What will it cost to enter?

A: It will cost $10 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: Does this limit count if I enter the Veterans/Active Duty Division?

A: Yes.

Q: Is there a limit in the number of entrants for the Veterans/Active Duty Division?

A: Yes, the entry cap for the Veterans/Active Duty Division is 10, with one entry per brewer. 

Q: When will registration open and close?

A: Registration will open on Monday, August 19 and close on either October 9 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 Wednesday, September 25 and end Friday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. All drop offs will be at 3 Stars Brewing Company 6400 Chillum Pl NW, Washington, DC 20012. 

Q: Can I mail my entries?

A: Yes, we will announce details in September. 

Q: How can I get updates?

A: Sign up for the GRiST newsletter or follow the GRiST social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for updates. 

Q: What if I have other questions?

A: You can email the Competition Director Rob Silver at 

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