Spring Showdown 2018

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Summary Info

Registration Open: March 9th, 2018
Entry Deadline: Sat. May 5th, 2018
Tues. May 8th, 2018 @ Henderson Brewing Co [6:00 PM – 9:30 PM]

Cost of Entry: $3 per entry
Payment: Paypal, Cheque (NO cash)
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 6 entries per person, with an overall limit of 100 entries.


The sixth competition in this series will take place in May, and since we skipped Winter Warmer, we will be accepting all styles of beer, mead, and cider!

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

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 Tuesday, May 8th, at Henderson Brewing Co, starting at 6:00 pm.


This competition is AHA/BJCP sanctioned and open to any homebrewer of legal drinking age. All entries must be made using private equipment in the homebrewing spirit (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or 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 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 are entered as.

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 Beer 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 6 entries, with an overall entry limit of 100.

Scoresheets will available for download from the registration software promptly after results are announced.

Submission Details

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

Entry fees will be $3 CAD per entry. Our preferred payment method is PayPal, though e-Transfers and cheques can be accepted with special arrangements. Cash will not be accepted.

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 will 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, sizes up to 22 oz, and corked bottles, if necessary.

Shipping Location

Toronto Brewing
3701 Chesswood Drive, Unit 115. Toronto, ON M3J 2P6

Drop Off Locations

Toronto Brewing
3701 Chesswood Drive, Unit 115 Toronto
*During regular business hours

Brew North
1578 Queen St. East Toronto
*During regular business hours

Henderson Brewing Co
128A Sterling Road Toronto
*During regular business hours

Past Winners

2017 Spring Showdown Winners
2017 Winter Warmer Winners

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