First competition? *Check out our BJCP Competition Guide*
This competition is AHA/BJCP sanctioned and open to any homebrewer of legal drinking age. All entries must be made using private equipment in the homebrewing spirit (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, etc.). Competition volunteers are encouraged to enter!
All entries must be received at the mailing/drop-off locations by the entry deadline. The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.
The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All entries in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in. The Award Category breakdown is available Here.
Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate, score, and provide feedback on each entry. Each flight will have at least one BJCP ranked judge. The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.
This competition will accept Beer, Cider, and Mead from all categories listed in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines (Cider, Mead). Each participant will be limited to 12 entries, with an overall competition limit of 850 total entries. There is a limit of 1 entry per classic style subcategory (1-26, C1, M1), and 2 entries per specialty category (21B, 27-34, C2, M2-M4), provided they are different beers/ciders/meads. Scoresheets will available for download from the registration software promptly after the competition concludes.
*All Entries must be registered through the competition software and properly labeled*
Cost is $8 CAD per entry. Our preferred payment method is PayPal, though e-Transfers and cheques can be accepted with special arrangements. Cash will not be accepted.
When registering entries, make sure to follow the entry instructions (if specified) that are specified in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines (Cider, Mead). Failure to note key information may impact the judges’ scoring of your entry. However also keep in mind that too much information can also be detrimental.
Bottle Acceptance Guidelines
Each entry should consist of two 12 oz brown glass bottles. Bottles must be void of all identifying information, especially commercial/home-made labels. Any marked caps must be blacked out. A Bottle ID form must then be attached to each bottle by elastic band (NO tape please).
Bottle ID labels can be printed by clicking the print icon next to each of your entries on the “Account” -> “Entries” page. Recipe sheets and PayPal receipts are not required. Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.
12 oz (~355 mL) brown bottles are strongly preferred; however we will also accept green/clear glass, sizes up to 22 oz, and corked bottles, if necessary.
Dropping Off Your Entries
If you are a local entrant, there are several drop off locations available. Please check the business hours of the location before going to avoid disappointment. Also, please support those that support us by buying a beer or some homebrew supplies when dropping off!
Drop Off Locations
1578 Queen St. E, Toronto
*During regular business hours
3701 Chesswood Drive, Unit 115. Toronto, ON M3J 2P6
*During regular business hours
[West End Location TBD]
Shipping Your Entries
Attn: Brew Slam, 3701 Chesswood Drive, Unit 115, Toronto, ON M3J 2P6
If you are from out of town (or province) you will probably want to ship your entries. If you haven’t already, consider joining your local homebrew club since they may already organize group shipping for members. Otherwise, here are some general tips for shipping beer in Canada:
- Pack your box with the assumption it will be dropped at some point, lots of bubble wrap and plastic bags are recommended
- Pack your box tightly to avoid the bottles moving around during shipping, don’t leave any empty space
- When shipping to other competitions, GTA Brews uses ULINE Pulp Beer Shippers
- They save a ton of time compared to bubble wrapping dozens of entries