Garden beers are any beers using vegetables as an adjunct in either the mash, kettle, primary or secondary fermentation, providing obvious (ranging from subtle to intense), yet harmonious, qualities. Vegetable qualities should not be overpowered by hop character. If a vegetable (such as chili pepper) has an herbal or spice quality it should be classified as herb/spice beer category. A statement by the brewer explaining what vegetables are used is essential in order for fair assessment in competitions. If this beer is a classic style with vegetables, the brewer should specify the classic style.
Note: If no Pumpkin beer category exists in a competition, then Pumpkin beers should be entered in this category.
Recommended Glassware: Mug or Stein or Cervoise Glass
Original Gravity (ºPlato): 1.030-1.110 (7.5-26 ºPlato)
Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato): 1.006-1.030 (1.5-7.5 ºPlato)
Alcohol by Weight (Volume): 2-9.5% (2.5-12%)
Bitterness (IBU): 5-70
Color SRM (EBC): 5-50 (10-100 EBC)
Sub-style guidelines used with permission of the Brewers Association, www.beertown.org.