Summer Showdown 2021


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Competition Details

We are proud to announce that our beloved seasonal homebrew competition is making a return, as Summer Showdown 2021! We encourage entrants, judges, and stewards to register early for the competition so we can keep you in the loop!

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Summary Info

Entry Registration Open: July 15th, 2021
Entry Deadline: Aug 21st, 2021
Virtual Judging:
Aug 23rd – 25th, 2021
Results: Sept 13th, 2021 (September Club Meeting)
Cost of Entry: $8 per entry
• First homebrew competition? Use the code FIRSTCOMP for $2 discount per entry
• 3 bottles 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 150 paid entries.
• This competition is only open to entrants 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:

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 virtually Mon. Aug 23rd to Weds. Aug 25th. Our distribution plan is still being worked out but will involve a series of local pick up locations for judges to grab their flights and/or delivery to judge’s homes.

Prizes and Sponsors

We pleased to announce that both our local homebrew shops, Toronto Brewing and The Homebrew Beer Academy, are co-sponsoring this year’s seasonal competition!

Medal Prizes

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 and The Homebrew Beer Academy are sponsoring the medal category prizes in the competition this year! Each medal category winner (Gold, Silver, Bronze) will receive a gift card to one of these two fantastic local homebrew shops!

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!

New Brewer Award

Dean from THBA approached us after Brew Slam 2019 to propose the idea of a New Brewer Award to celebrate homebrewers that win during their inaugural foray into homebrew competitions. THBA has generously awarded a $300 gift card to the winner of this prize!

We will use a combination of the self declared FIRSTCOMP discount code above, and our records of past entrants to determined eligibility for this prize.

Competition Rules

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/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 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, 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 150 total PAID entries.

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

Submission Details

Cost is $8 CAD per entry. The only available payment method is PayPal, and cash/cheques will not be accepted.

When registering entries, make sure to follow the entry instructions (if specified) that are specified in the 2015 BJCP Beer 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. We will not publish entry names that are deemed to be offensive.

Bottle Acceptance Guidelines
Each entry should consist of three 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

The Homebrew Beer Academy
1400 Bayly St, Unit 9, Pickering
(905) 556-0725
*During regular business hours

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

Toronto Brewing (Geary)
211 Geary Ave, Toronto
(416) 519-6802
*During regular business hours

Muddy York Brewing Company
22 Cranfield Rd, Toronto
(416) 619-7819
*During regular business hours

Past Winners

2019 Spring Showdown 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