Thank you for your interest in the Wizard of SAAZ organized by Society of Akron Area Zymurgists, Lock 3.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the Wizard of SAAZ!

There are 425 registered entries and 111 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 4:48 PM, there are 0 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).


This competition is AHA sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

Categories with four or more entries will be judged together.  Those with less will be combined with other categories.


Judging Locations/Dates

R. Shea Brewing
1662 Merriman Rd, Akron, OH 44313
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM, EDT

Lock 3
200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 1:30 PM, EDT

Lock 3
200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM, EDT

Lock 3
200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM, EDT

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via the Contact section.

  • Larry Reuter — Competition Co-Coordinator
  • Bill Soinski — Competition Co-Coordinator/ Volunteer Coordintor
  • Mike Yingling — Website, Judge Coordinator