The list below shows the complete list of homebrew competitions currently registered in the 2018 Brewer of the Year Competition Circuit.

Lethbridge Werthogs Beer Competition

Entry Deadline: February 26, 2019

Yeast Wranglers
Homebrew Roundup

Entry Deadline: Feb. 19, 2019

26th Annual Ales
Homebrew Open

Entry Deadline: April 18, 2019

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Vanbrewer Awards 2019

Entry Deadline: April 19, 2019

Edmonton Homebrewers
Aurora Brewing Challenge

Entry Deadline: June 14, 2019

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Because Beer Homebrew Competition 2019

Entry Deadline: May 10, 2019

TBA

Entry Deadline: TBA

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Winnipeg Brew Bombers Pro/Am Challenge

Entry Deadline: October 12, 2019

GTA Brews – Brew Slam 2019

Entry Deadline: November 2, 2019

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Saskatoon Headhunters Brewing Competition

Entry Deadline: November 11, 2019

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Why Enter Homebrew Competitions?

Entering competitions can be exciting and entertaining, not to mention a great way to engage in a little friendly competition with your brewing friends, enemies, and casual acquaintances from across the country. Scoring medals and winning swag is also great, not to mention the street credit your acquire in the brewing geek community. There are also very practical reasons to enter, such as the valuable feedback entrants receive regarding the stylistic accuracy and technical merits of their brews. While we certainly recognize that ‘brewing to style’ isn’t the “end all, be all” of brewing, it is a great skill to be able to have a certain brewing goal in mind and be able to actually nail it.

Never Entered a Competition Before?

You scared? Don’t be. No one is going to mock you in the streets, spit in your carboys, or provide cruel feedback that will have you slitting your wrists or throwing out your mash tun. The idea is all about positive and helpful feedback while acknowledging recognized style goals and proper brewing process. This can be a great way to help entrants improve their brewing and even troubleshoot issues with their brewing.

If you’re looking to enter a competition, make sure to check out the competition requirements…no one likes to send his or her valuable homebrew somewhere just to find that you were disqualified for not meeting the requirements! For some more information on things to bear in mind, check out the article at http://www.craftbrewing.com/blog/5-tips-for-entering-your-first-homebrew-competition/.

What’s this BJCP?

For those unfamiliar with the Beer Judge Certification Program, this is a great organization dedicated to training beer judges, providing information on beer style guidelines, and protecting the good reputation of ‘real beer’. They handle licensing of beer judges, including providing training materials and grading exams, as well as the sanctioning of homebrew competitions for the purposes of providing guidelines and acknowledging the efforts of beer judges, competition organizers, and volunteers. For more information or to find out how to become a part of this great organization, check out www.bjcp.org.