You can create your account today through Thursday 31 August, 2017 at 23:59, BST.

Judges and stewards may register now through Friday 15 September, 2017 at 00:00, BST.

Entry Registration

Entry registration is closed.

BJCP 2015 Judging Categories

If a sub-category's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the sub-category's requirements..

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer34C Experimental Beer 

Entry Acceptance Rules

2 bottles per entry.


Bottles should be 330ml-568ml, brown or green glass or PET (coopers type). Bottles and caps will not be returned.


Bottles and caps should have all distinguishing marks removed or blanked out. No labels should be stuck to the bottle. Bottles with engraved or embossed lettering are acceptable, although should be avoided.


All bottles should have the entry label attached with a rubber band.

Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Tuesday 22 August, 2017 at 00:00, BST through Friday 8 September, 2017 at 23:59, BST.

Ship entries to:

National Homebrew Competition,
c/o New Bristol Brewery, 21a Wilson St, Bristol, BS2 9HH

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs officials at their discretion. It is solely your responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Judging Locations and Dates

21a Wilson St, Bristol, BS2 9HH
Friday 15 September, 2017 at 17:30, BST

Bristol Brewery School/New Bristol Brewery
21a Wilson St, Bristol, BS2 9HH
Saturday 16 September, 2017 at 09:30, BST

Best of Show

1st Place -


2nd Place - 


3rd Place - 








  1. Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Certificates may be awarded for Honourable Mentions. No joint placings will be awarded. Judges are not obliged to award all placings. No beer scoring less than 30 may receive a placing or Honorable Mention.




The 1st place in each category will then compete for Best of Show (BoS).




BoS prizes will be awarded for1st, 2nd and 3rd place from the BoS judging.




Particpants from clubs will accrue points based on placings in categories (1st - 3; 2nd - 2; 3rd - 1). Those points will go towards the competition for the club trophy.






Large prizes may not be posted - the winner must be present.

Awards Ceremony

Saturday 16 September, 2017 at 17:00, BST