The Royal Finger Homebrew Competition

It’s about that time again! This fall, we’ll be running the Royal Finger Homebrew Competition in collaboration with our friends at Royal City Brewing Co. in Guelph. We’re back on the BJCP bandwagon for this one, having selected seven categories for your brewing pleasure. Please note that, this time around, we’ll be limiting the competition to 100 entries. Looking to enter? Read on.

The Details

Entry Cost: $7 /beer
Entry and Submission Deadline: Saturday, October 14 at 4:00pm
Judging: Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22
Awards Ceremony: Details TBD
Official Partner: Royal City Brewing Co
Best of Show Prize: Brewing at Royal City


We'll be using the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for this sanctioned competition. Only the following categories will be included; participants are welcome to enter up to one beer in each subcategory. Please note that, depending on the number of submissions, some categories may be collapsed.


4A. Munich Helles
4B. Festbier
4C. Helles Bock


8A. Munich Dunkel
8B. Schwarzbier


10A. Weissbier
10B. Dunkles Weissbier
10C. Weizenbock


13A. Dark Mild
13B. British Brown Ale
13C. English Porter


19A. American Amber Ale
19B. California Common
19C. American Brown Ale


Gose, Kentucky Common, Lichtenhainer, London Brown Ale, Piwo Grodziskie, Pre-Prohibition Lager, Pre-Prohibition Porter, Roggenbier, Sahti, etc.
Please see entry guidelines for this style on page 54 of the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines


30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B. Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C. Winter Seasonal Beer

How to Enter

As a homebrew competition, we’ll only be accepting beers brewed at a private residence by a hobbyist brewer.
No commercial or brew-on-premise beers may be submitted.

Here's what you need to do to sign up:

  1. Pay for your entries online here, or in person at Short Finger Brewing Co.
    Note: entries cannot be paid for at Royal City Brewing, and they do have registration forms on hand. Please follow the official channels to sign up.
  2. Wait for an e-mail from Kat that includes our Royal Finger HC registration form and bottle ID tags. Please note that Kat will not send you this e-mail until payment is received; from there, it should take no more than 24 hours for you to receive your email.
  3. Fill out a copy of the registration form for each beer that you are entering, along with two bottle ID tags. Please make sure that your beer adheres to the bottle submission guidelines outlined below.
  4. Give us your beer! Feel free to either drop it off at Short Finger Brewing Co (20 Hurst Avenue, Kitchener) or Royal City Brewing (199 Victoria Road S, Guelph). Looking to mail in your entries? Send them to SFBC. Note: We at Short Finger are not responsible for mailed entries that do not arrive by the entry deadline, or for entries that arrive damaged.

Bottle Submission Guidelines

Participants must submit two bottles of each beer entered into the competition. Bottles must be between 330ml and 650ml in size, and must be made of either brown glass or brown PET. Swing-top bottles are permitted. A completed Bottle ID tag must be attached to each bottle using a rubber band. No other visible identifiers are permitted. This includes labels, raised glass, etchings, and ink. Please use a marker to black out any writing on the cap. Note that bottles will not be returned to entrants following the competition.

Judging Details

Interested in judging or stewarding? Please e-mail to sign up. Note that judging preference will be given to individuals with the following creds: industry professionals, BJCP, Cicerone, Prud'Homme, or other sensory training. Folks who have entered beer into the competition are still welcome to judge, but will not be permitted to judge any category/flight that they have entered. This extends to the BOS round, should their beer be put forward.

Stay in Touch

We look forward to hearing from you as the competition approaches. Share your progress with us through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RoyalFinger. Feel free to mention us directly: @shortfingerbrewing on Instagram, and @shortfingerbeer on Twitter, and be sure to give Royal City Brewing Co. some love too (@royalcitybrew on both).

If you have any questions about the competition, please e-mail