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.


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 2018

Deadline: Saturday May 5th, 2018

Other Local Competitions

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

Competition Location Deadline Website
Barnstormer Fly With Us 2018 Barrie, ON Apr 13th, 2018 Website
Short Finger TBN 2018 Kitchener, ON Apr 14th, 2018 Website
Niagara College Brewing Competition Niagara, ON July 18th, 2018 Website

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!

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

Competition Location Club Shipping Deadline Entry Deadline Website
Yeast Wranglers Homebrew Roundup Calgary, AB Feb 21, 2018 Website
Lethbridge Werthogs WertContest Lethbridge, AB Mar 16, 2018 Website
ALES Open Regina, SK Apr 4, 2018 Website
VanBrewer Awards Vancouver, BC Apr 20th, 2018 May 4, 2018 Website
Because Beer Homebrew Competition Hamilton, ON Coming Soon May 25, 2018 Website
EHG Aurora Brewing Challenge Edmonton, AB Coming Soon May 24, 2018 Website
National Capital Homebrew Competition Ottawa, ON TBD Website
Beau’s Oktoberfest Homebrew Competition Ottawa, ON TBD Website
Winnipeg BrewBombers ProAm Brew Challenge Winnipeg, MB Oct 13, 2018 Website
Saskatoon Head Hunters Brewing Competition Saskatoon, SK Nov 4, 2018 Website
GTA Brews Brew Slam Toronto, ON Nov 3, 2018 Website

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 2018 – BOTY

Deadline: Nov 3rd
Judging: Nov 9th – 11th

* 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

If you would like to have your competition listed here please email