The War of the Worts is consistently one of the largest homebrew competitions in the country, and the largest on the East Coast, drawing entries from all over the United States. Although primarily a competition for homebrewed beer, many styles of hard cider and mead are entered into the competition as well. More than fifty beer and homebrew industry sponsors graciously donate prizes worth thousands of dollars, which are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. The highlight of the day is a final judging of all the 1st place category winners by senior ranked judges to determine Best of Show. Prizes and bragging rights aside, the awards ceremony brings together a large portion of the homebrew community, along with local professional brewers and their beer for the enjoyment of all. All are invited to attend the ceremony and of course share in tasty beer.