We are proud to announce that our beloved seasonal homebrew competition is making a return, as Summer Showdown 2022! We encourage entrants, judges, and stewards to register early for the competition so we can keep you in the loop!
GTA Brews Members: You must login to see the registration button.
Entrant/Volunteer Registration: OPEN NOW
Entry Registration Opens: July 20th, 2022, 12:00 PM
Entry Deadline: Aug 27th, 2022, 4:00 PM
Judging Date: Aug 31st, 2022
Judging Location: Amsterdam Brewhall (45 Esandar Dr)
Results/Awards Ceremony: Sept 12th 2022, at GTA Brews September Meeting
Cost of Entry: $10 per entry
– 2 bottles per entry
Payment: Paypal Only
Styles Accepted: All BJCP Beer styles (BJCP 2021 Guidelines)
– 1 entry per classic style subcategory (1-26)
– 2 entries per specialty subcategory (21B, 27-34), must be different beers
– Total cap: 150 PAID entries
– Per-entrant cap: 3 per person
– This competition is only open to entrants with active GTA Brews membership
Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 newly released 2021 BJCP Guidelines.
If this if your first competition, please read our BJCP Competition Guide for tips on entering. If you aren’t sure which category to enter your beer, bring it to a club meeting, or email email@example.com.
Prizes and Sponsors
We pleased to announce that our local homebrew shop, Toronto Brewing, is sponsoring this year’s seasonal competition!
Canadian Homebrew Championship Qualifier (BOTY)
The top three winners (by total medal points) will qualify to advance to the, invitation-only, Canadian Homebrew Championship. Similar to 2021, this competition will include elite brewers nominated from each major club in Canada, and be hosted by GTA Brews later this fall.
By popular request, we are excited to share the news that winners in this year’s Summer Showdown competition will be awarded with custom engraved medals commemorating their achievement!
Toronto Brewing is sponsoring the medal category prizes in the competition this year! Each medal category winner (Gold, Silver, Bronze) will receive a gift card to this fantastic local homebrew shop!
Best of Show
There is a special prize in store for this year’s Best of Show (BOS) winner! Toronto Brewing has gone above and beyond by putting up a Spike Flex 7 as the prize!
First competition? *Check out our BJCP Competition Guide*
This competition is BJCP sanctioned and open to any homebrewer with an active GTA Brews membership. All entries must be made using private equipment in adherence to the homebrewing spirit (i.e., no commercial beer or help from 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 miss-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 efforts will be made to combine similar styles. All entries in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.
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 from all categories listed in the 2021 BJCP Guidelines. There is a limit of 1 entry per classic style subcategory (1-26), and 2 entries per specialty category (21B, 27-34), provided they are different beers. Each participant will be limited to 3 entries, with an overall competition limit of 150 total PAID entries.
Scoresheets will available for download from the registration software promptly after the results are announced.
Cost is $10 CAD per entry. The only available payment method is PayPal, cash/cheques will not be accepted.
When registering entries, make sure to follow the entry instructions (if specified) that are specified in the 2021 BJCP Guidelines. 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. We will not publish entry names that are deemed to be offensive.
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).
Note: 12 oz (~355 mL) brown bottles are strongly preferred; however we will also accept green/clear glass/cans/PET, sizes up to 22 oz, and corked/swingtop bottles, if necessary.
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.
Dropping Off Your Entries
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
Toronto Brewing (Chesswood)
3701 Chesswood Drive, Unit 115, Toronto
*During regular business hours
Toronto Brewing (Geary)
211 Geary Ave, Toronto
*During regular business hours
Muddy York Brewing Company
22 Cranfield Rd, Toronto
*During regular business hours