UK National Homebrew Competition Info
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The next UK National Homebrew Competition will be held in Bristol on the 16th February 2019.
The competition will use the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.
All entrants will receive score sheets and commentary prepared by judges who are recognized by either the BJCP or NGWBJ, or have significant experience/training (eg professional brewers).
Winners will be announced upon completion of the competition.
Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone. Competition Organizers, staff, judges and stewards may enter the competition. Measures are in place to ensure fair, anonymous, judging. Judges and stewards will not be assigned to categories that they have entered. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew-on-premise establishments, are not eligible. Categories: All beer will be judged as per the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.
For full guidelines, go to: http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php
Judges and competition organizers will not reclassify entries so please choose styles carefully. Styles may be collapsed and combined at the discretion of the competition organizers.
Entry fee: £8 per first entry (plus any PayPal handling fees), £5 per subsequent entry (plus any PayPal handling fees).
Online Registration only: http://www.nationalhomebrewcompetition.org.uk
Paypal payment only.
There is a limit of 400 paid entries. The entry system will lock at 400 paid entries and all unpaid entries will be deleted at this time. Brewers are limited to a maximum of four (4) entries each.
Entries: For each entry, the brewer must submit the following:
- Two 330-568ml brown or green glass or PET (Coopers type) bottles. Bottles must be free of labels, and any other identifying marks must be blacked out. Bottles will not be returned. Bottles with engraved or embossed lettering should be avoided but are acceptable. Beers may be bottle conditioned or force carbonated.
- Bottle labels, attached securely to each bottle with clear tape.
- The appropriate fee, based on the total number of entries. Paypal only.
- Entries should be posted or dropped off no earlier than 21st January 2018 and no later than 5:00 PM on 8th February 2019. Register entries online at any time before 5pm on 27th January 2018, at http://www.nationallhomebrewcompetition.org.uk For a full list of entry drop-off points, and our mail in location, see the website. This applies to ALL entries. Judges and Stewards WILL NOT be permitted to bring beer on the day.
Judging: Each entry will be judged by a panel of at least two judges, where possible with at least one of whom has achieved a minimum rank of Recognized by the BJCP. The first round of judging will determine the top three entries in each award category. Medals will be awarded for each of the top three entries in each category (note: medals will not be awarded to beers that score below 30, judges do not have to award all placings, there can be no joint placings). The first-place entry in each award category will then compete for Best of Show.
Club of the Year Trophy: All category placings will accrue points towards the club trophy (1st=6; 2nd=4; 3rd=2; Honourable Mention=1). The club with the highest number of points will retain the trophy for 1 year. Entrants with multiple clubs list will be allowed to count in more than one club.
BJCP Experience: Judges and stewards will receive experience points toward advancement in the BJCP. All judges and stewards will be required to fill out registration and waiver forms.
Judging score sheets and prizes (where applicable) will be sent out shortly after the competition. Competition organizers reserve the right to disqualify any entries, without refund. Questions or disputes will be settled by competition coordinators; their decisions will be final.
The judging floor will be closed to all except judges, stewards and organizers. The announcement of results, awards ceremony and raffle will be open to the public, starting at around 5 p.m. Entry will be free.
BJCP 2015 Judging Styles
If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.
|1A American Light Lager||1B American Lager||1C Cream Ale|
|1D American Wheat Beer||2A International Pale Lager||2B International Amber Lager|
|2C International Dark Lager||3A Czech Pale Lager||3B Czech Premium Pale Lager|
|3C Czech Amber Lager||3D Czech Dark Lager||4A Munich Helles|
|4B Festbier||4C Helles Bock||5A German Leichtbier|
|5B Kolsch||5C German Exportbier||5D German Pils|
|6A Marzen||6B Rauchbier||6C Dunkels Bock|
|7A Vienna Lager||7B Altbier||7C Kellerbier|
|8A Munich Dunkel||8B Schwarzbier||9A Doppelbock|
|9B Eisbock||9C Baltic Porter||10A Weissbier|
|10B Dunkels Weissbier||10C Weizenbock||11A Ordinary Bitter|
|11B Best Bitter||11C Strong Bitter||12A English Golden Ale|
|12B Australian Sparkling Ale||12C English IPA||13A Dark Mild|
|13B English Brown Ale||13C English Porter||14A Scottish Light|
|14B Scottish Heavy||14C Scottish Export||15A Irish Red Ale|
|15B Irish Stout||15C Irish Extra Stout||16A Sweet Stout|
|16B Oatmeal Stout||16C Tropical Stout||16D Foreign Extra Stout|
|17A English Strong Ale||17A1 Burton Ale||17B Old Ale|
|17C Wee Heavy||17D English Barleywine||18A Blonde Ale|
|18B American Pale Ale||19A American Amber Ale||19B California Common|
|19C American Brown Ale||20A American Porter||20B American Stout|
|20C Imperial Stout||21A American IPA||21B Specialty IPA|
|21B1 Belgian IPA||21B2 Black IPA||21B3 Brown IPA|
|21B4 Red IPA||21B5 Rye IPA||21B6 White IPA|
|21B7 New England IPA||22A Double IPA||22B American Strong Ale|
|22C American Barleywine||22D Wheatwine||23A Berliner Weisse|
|23B Flanders Red Ale||23C Oud Bruin||23D Lambic|
|23E Gueuze||23F Fruit Lambic||24A Witbier|
|24B Belgian Pale Ale||24C Biere de Garde||25A Belgian Blond Ale|
|25B Saison||25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale||26A Trappist Single|
|26B Belgian Dubbel||26C Belgian Tripel||26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale|
|27A Historical Beer||27A1 Gose||27A2 Piwo Grodziskie|
|27A3 Lichtenhainer||27A4 Roggenbier||27A5 Sahti|
|27A6 Kentucky Common||27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager||27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter|
|27A9 London Brown Ale||28A Brett Beer||28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer|
|28C Wild Specialty Beer||29A Fruit Beer||29B Fruit and Spice Beer|
|29C Speciality Fruit Beer||30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer||30B Autumn Seasonal Beer|
|30C Winter Seasonal Beer||31A Alternative Grain Beer||31B Alternative Sugar Beer|
|32A Classic Style Smoked Beer||32B Specialty Smoked Beer||33A Wood-Aged Beer|
|33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer||34A Clone Beer||34B Mixed-Style Beer|
|34C Experimental Beer||PRX1 Dorada Pampeana||PRX2 IPA Argenta|
|PRX3 Italian Grape Ale||PRX4 Catharina Sour||PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner|
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry:
Judging Session Locations and Dates
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 will be awarded for 1st, 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.