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Our popular seasonal homebrew competition is back for 2019! As usual, we will be accepting all styles of beer, mead, and cider. Since this is our small competition, entry will be restricted to GTA Brews members only.
This seasonal competition is designed to be a “low stakes” introduction to BJCP competitions for club members to enter their beers for feedback and fun. The focus is on providing excellent feedback, so we keep the entry cap and fee low. Our hope is that lots of first-time entrants will find themselves on the winners list and be motivated to continue entering competitions. This competition will be judged by BJCP Judges according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.
Last night Round 3 wrapped up at Muddy York. It was another exciting night of glory for some, shame and disappointment for others.
Here were the results:
Match 1 – 17A – British Strong Ale Tim Burnett vs. Evan Bonsell Evan was the winner
Match 2 – 17C – Wee Heavy Kym Watts vs. Mark Verok Mark was the winner.
Match 3 – 26D – Belgian Dark Strong Jase Gudat vs. Keith Caines Keith was the winner.
Match 4 – 15C – Irish Extra Stout Emily Storey vs. Mike Vandervoort Mike was the winner.
Only 4 remain.
Round 4 will have a new requirement! Tavistock Hops was super generous and donated all the hops for this round. Each brewer will be receiving 12oz of Tavistock hops that MUST be used in its entirety and no other hops may be used.
Round 4 matchups are the following:
Match 1 – 21B5 – Specialty IPA: Rye IPA Keith Caines vs. Mark Verok Hops: 4oz Cascade, 4oz Centennial, 4oz Rakau
Match 2 – 21B2 – Specialty IPA: Black IPA Evan Bonsell vs. Mike Vandervoort Hops: 4oz Cascade, 4oz Rakau, 4oz Glacier
Descriptions of the hops can be found at Tavistocks webpage here:
Cascade – Our Cascade have notes of Citrus and Mango 2018 Alpha 5.1% // Beta 7.2 % Centennial – Earthy and floral with an element of citrus Alpha 6.6 // Beta 2.9% Rakau – Aroma’s of Stone Fruit, Red Licorice and Grassy notes 2018 Alpha 8.7% // Beta 2.% Glacier – Our Glacier have notes of Citrus, Herbal, Earthy and hints of fruit. 2018 Alpha 4.1. // Beta 5.2%
Good luck and good brewing! Round 4 will be judged at the meeting in March.
Brew Slam is wrapped up for another year, and what a year it was! Most prizes were shipped out to our winners before the holidays, and I finally have time to write my annual wrap up post. With 826 entries judged, were were Canada’s largest homebrew competition again for 2018!
The judging and awards for Brew Slam happened back in November, but we’ve been hard at work since then working on all the wrap up tasks to be able to mark the competition complete for another year. Don’t stop reading now because some pretty amazing things happened this year that I want to share.
Round 3 is commencing now. It will be a slightly different round than previous as it is sponsored by none other than Escarpment Labs who have generously provided all the yeast for the participants.
Because there will be no meeting in December, LBS round 3 will be judged at the January meaning. More time for the brewers to brew the stronger beers we have chosen. Brewers must use the specific strain provided by Escarpment.
Here are the matchups!
Match 1 – 26D – Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Escarpment St. Remy)
Jase Gudat vs. Keith Caines
Match 2 – 17A – British Strong Ale (Escarpment English Ale 1)
Tardy Tim Burnett vs. Evan Bonsell
Match 3 – 15C – Irish Extra Stout (Escarpment Irish Ale)
Emily Storey vs. Mike Vandervoort
Match 4 – 17C – Wee Heavy (Escarpment Scottish Ale)
Entry registration is now open, and spots are already filling up quickly! Visit the Brew Slam 2018 page to learn more, and register your entries.
Entry Registration and Drop Off
Registration will close on Nov 3rd, or when the 850 entry cap is hit. Entries will be accepted at drop off and shipping locations beginning on Oct 11th. If you need to drop off earlier for any reason, please email us.
If the cap is hit, the site won’t allow any more entries to be registered. In this case we will do our best to follow up on unpaid entries, and verify if the entrants still need the spot(s).
Please do everyone (especially our Registrar) a favour, and only register entries you actually plan to submit, then pay for them right away. We will provide regular entry registration updates on social media.
Brew Slam is a volunteer driven competition, so please consider donating a bit of your time to help this competition happen. The Brew Slam 2018 comittee has been hard at work for months laying the groundwork for another fantastic year, please help us out by registering as a volunteer.
We need help with Bottle Sorting (Nov 4th), and Stewarding/Judging (Nov 9-11th), learn more on our Brew Slam Volunteer page. If you have a friend that is a BJCP judge, please encourage them to attend!
GTA Brews members represented us well in the Lethbridge Werthogs WertContest, the latest Brewer of the Year Circuit competition. Clayton Hoy took home Gold in British Bitter/Scottish Beers for his Strong Bitter named “This Used To Be Good”. Mike Vandervoort took home silver in American Pale Ale, Bronze in Specialty IPA and Gold in IPA. That IPA also claimed second in the Best of Show.
Click Here to go to the main competition page and register!
The sixth competition in this small competition series will take place in May, and since we skipped Winter Warmer, we will be accepting all styles of beer, mead, and cider!
These seasonal competitions are designed to be a “low stakes” introduction to BJCP competitions for club members (and anyone else) to enter their beers for feedback and fun. This competition will be judged by BJCP Judges according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.
Brew Slam 2017 is finally wrapped up after almost a whole year of planning, and a ton of execution. What a year! The last of the prizes made their way into the hands of our winners this week, so it’s finally time to write my annual wrap up post. With 806 entries judged, I’m very proud to say that we met and exceeded our goal for 2017 of becoming Canada’s largest homebrew competition (by almost 300 entries)!
The judging and awards for Brew Slam 2017 happened back in November, but we’ve been hard at work since then making sure that everyone got their prizes as fast as we could. Don’t stop reading now because some pretty amazing things happened this year that I want to share. Continue reading Brew Slam 2017 – Wrap Up→