2018 TBN Homebrew Competition

Grab a friend, grab a kettle, and get brewing because it’s time for another SFBC homebrew competition. This time around, we’re partnering up with our closest neighbours at TWB Co-operative Brewery for a BJCP sanctioned competition featuring 8 eclectic style categories. Like last time, we’ll be limiting the competition to 100 entries. Whether you’re a rookie or a lifelong homebrewer, we’ll be happy to sample your brews and provide plenty of feedback (plus prizes for up to three beers in each category). Looking to enter? Read on.

The Details
Entry Cost: $7 /beer
Entry and Submission Deadline: Saturday, April 14 at 4:00pm
Closed Judging: Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22
Public Awards Ceremony: Details TBD
Official Partner: TWB Co-operative Brewery
Best of Show Prize: Brewing at TWB


We'll be using the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for this sanctioned competition. Only the following (sub)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.


7A. Vienna Lager
7B. Altbier
7C. Kellerbier


9C. Baltic Porter


11A. Ordinary Bitter
11B. Best Bitter
11C. Strong Bitter


12C. English IPA


18A. Blond Ale
18B. American Pale Ale


20C. Imperial Stout


22A. Double IPA


29A. Fruit Beer
29B. Fruit and Spice Beer
29C. Specialty Fruit 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 TWB, and they do not have registration forms on hand. Please follow the official channels to sign up.
  2. Wait for an e-mail from Kat that includes our TBNHC 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) by the entry deadline or stick it in the mail to the same address (postal code is N2G 2Z7). 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, unique caps, and ink. Please use a marker to black out any writing on the cap and be sure to remove any existing labels and glue. Note that bottles will not be returned to entrants following the competition.

Judging Details

Interested in judging or stewarding? Please e-mail kat@shortfingerbrewing.com to sign up. Note that judging preference will be given to individuals with the following creds: industry professionals, BJCP, Cicerone, Prud'Homme, or other significant sensory training. Folks who have entered beer into the competition are still welcome to judge, but will not be permitted to judge any category that they have entered. This extends to the BOS round, should their beer be put forward. No judging credentials? Consider stewarding! It’s an important role in competitions and will give you an inside look at the world of judging.

Stay in Touch

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

If you have any questions about the competition, please e-mail kat@shortfingerbrewing.com.