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!

CompetitionLocationEntry DeadlineJudging Dates
Amber Waves of Grain (AWOG)Buffalo, NYFeb 8, 2020Feb 21/22, 2020
Redline Homebrew Competition (NON-BJCP)Barrie, ONMar 27, 2020
Rorschach Homebrew Competition (NON-BJCP)Toronto, ONCANCELLED
Short Finger – I Heart<3 PilsKitchener, ONPOSTPONEDPOSTPONED
True Grist Blazing PaddlesGuelph, ONCANCELLEDCANCELLED
Niagara College Brewing CompetitionNiagara-on-the-Lake, ONTBD for 2020TBD for 2020

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 WebsiteLocationEntry Registration
Competition Deadline
(Shipping Deadline)
Cowtown Yeast Wranglers Homebrew RoundupCalgary, ABJan 13, 2020Jan 25, 2020
VanBrewer AwardsVancouver, BCTBD for 2020TBD for 2020
Because Beer Homebrew CompetitionHamilton, ONTBD for 2020TBD for 2020
EHG Aurora Brewing ChallengeEdmonton, ABCANCELLEDCANCELLED
Beau’s Oktoberfest Homebrew CompetitionOttawa, ONTBD for 2020TBD for 2020
Winnipeg BrewBombers ProAm Brew ChallengeWinnipeg, MBTBD for 2020TBD for 2020
Saskatoon Head Hunters Brewing CompetitionSaskatoon, SKTBD for 2020TBD for 2020
GTA Brews Brew SlamToronto, ONTBD for 2020TBD for 2020

* 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