Spring Showdown 2019

Registration is now open for Spring Showdown 2019! We encourage entrants, judges, and stewards to register early for the competition so we can keep you in the loop!

Update: Brew North has graciously jumped in as title sponsor of the competition, and will be donating prizes for the winners!

GTA Brews Members: You must login to see the registration button. 

Summary Info

Registration Open: Apr 9th, 2019
Entry Deadline: May 24th, 2019
Mon. May 27th, 2019 @ Northern Maverick [6:00 PM – 9:30 PM]

Cost of Entry: $5 per entry
Payment: Paypal Only
Styles Accepted: All BJCP Beer/Mead/Cider styles
Entry limits:
1 entry per classic style subcategory (1-26, C1, M1)
• 2 entries per specialty category (21B, 27-34, C2, M2-M4) must be different beers
• Max 3 entries per person, with an overall limit of 100 paid entries.
• This competition is only open to participants with active GTA Brews membership


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.

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: seasonal@gtabrews.ca

Thanks to our title sponsor Brew North for donating the prizes!

Judges/Stewards: Register online, or email us! If you are a BJCP Provisional Judge or above, we’d love to have you judge! Judging will take place Monday, May 27th, at Northern Maverick Brewing Co, starting at 6:00 pm.


This competition is AHA/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/mead/cider 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 mis-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 effort 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, Cider, and Mead from all categories listed in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines (CiderMead). There is a limit of 1 entry per classic style subcategory (1-26, C1, M1), and 2 entries per specialty category (21B, 27-34, C2, M2-M4), provided they are different beers/ciders/meads. Each participant will be limited to 3 entries, with an overall competition limit of 100 total entries.

Scoresheets will available for download from the registration software promptly after the competition concludes.

Submission Details

*All Entries must be registered through the competition software and properly labeled*

Entry fees will be $5 CAD per entry. Since our total entry cap is tied to the number of paid entries, only PayPal will be accepted for this competition.

When registering entries, make sure to follow the entry instructions (if specified) that are specified in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines (Cider, Mead). 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.

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).

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.

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.

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

Brew North
1578 Queen St. E, Toronto
(416) 461-9494
*During regular business hours

Toronto Brewing
3701 Chesswood Drive, Unit 115, Toronto
(416) 901-3900
*During regular business hours

People’s Pint Brewing Company
90 Cawthra Ave, Unit 101 ,Toronto
(647) 350-9150
*During regular business hours

Past Winners

2018 Spring Showdown Winners
2017 Spring Showdown Winners
2017 Winter Warmer Winners

2016 Spring Showdown Winners
2016 Winter Warmer Winners
2015 Summer Showdown Winners