Competition Calendar

Homebrew competitions are a great way to get blind feedback on your beer/mead/cider! Check out the sections below for lists of local and BOTY (Canada-wide) competitions!

If you are new to homebrew competitions, please check out our BJCP Competition Guide. It has lots of tips, and helpful info to make your experience a success.

Brew Slam – National

We run one big national competition every year called Brew Slam, where brewers from all over Canada enter as part of the Brewer of the Year Circuit.

GTA Brews Brew Slam 2019 – BOTY

Deadline: Nov 2nd, 2019
Judging:  Nov 8th – 10th, 2019

Seasonal Competitions

These seasonal competitions are designed to be a “low stakes” introduction to BJCP competitions for club members (and anyone else) to enter for feedback and fun.

GTA Brews – Spring Showdown 2019

Deadline: May 24th, 2019

Other Competitions

Here are some other competitions that we think you should enter!

Competition Location Deadline
True Grist Blazing Paddles (100 Entry Limit) Guelph, ON Jun 15, 2019
Niagara College Brewing Competition Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON Jul 19, 2019

BOTY Competitions

Competitions in this section are part of the Brewer of the Year circuit. A Canada-wide circuit of competitions tracked by the BOTY program. At the end of the year, the brewer and club with the most points wins!

Club Shipping for BOTY Competitions
GTA Brews coordinates entry shipping for members to encourage participation. Visit our Club BOTY Shipping page for more info.

Competition Website Location Entry Registration
Competition Deadline
(Shipping Deadline)
Cowtown Yeast Wranglers Homebrew Roundup Calgary, AB Jan 14, 2019 Feb 19, 2019
Lethbridge Werthogs WertContest Lethbridge, AB Feb 1, 2019 Mar 1, 2019
ALES Open Regina, SK Mar 11, 2019 April 18, 2019
VanBrewer Awards Vancouver, BC Mar 25, 2019 April 19, 2019
Because Beer Homebrew Competition Hamilton, ON  Apr 15, 2019 May 11, 2019
EHG Aurora Brewing Challenge
(Ships June 3rd from UANS)
Edmonton, AB May 27, 2019 June 14, 2019
Beau’s Oktoberfest Homebrew Competition Ottawa, ON Jul 25, 2019 Aug 7, 2019
Winnipeg BrewBombers ProAm Brew Challenge Winnipeg, MB Sep 5, 2019 Oct 18, 2019
Saskatoon Head Hunters Brewing Competition Saskatoon, SK Oct 7, 2019 Nov 5, 2019
GTA Brews Brew Slam Toronto, ON Sep 25, 2019 Nov 2, 2019

* All competitions on this page will be judged using BJCP Style Guidelines, unless marked otherwise.
* Competitions marked with NON-BJCP will not necessarily be judged using BJCP Style Guidelines and/or BJCP Trained Judges

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