Craft Beer Home Brewers Competition

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Celebrating our 6th Craft Beer Festival in February 2018, we will be hosting a Home Brew Competition.

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Are you a keen home brewer? Why not see how well your brew measures up against others by entering our competition. We will have 4 top judges deliberating over which beer is the best in category, with a prize for the overall winner.

Home Brew Contest Rules and Regulations

How and What to Enter

  • Registration will begin Monday 16th October 2017. Register online on this website.
  • Registrations must be received on or before Friday 22nd of December 2017.
  • Entry Fee: $10 for the first entry $5 for each subsequent entry.
  • You must be attending the festival to claim any prizes you may have won.
  • By entering the competition, you are eligible for a discounted ticket to the festival. Craft Beer Fest tickets for competition entrants $10.
  • Entry Requirements: Provide TWO BOTTLES of each category. Bottles must be 500ml, should be green or brown glass, free of any labels.
  • Please create a label to identify you and your entry. Use a rubber band to attach the label to the bottle. Include your name, Beer Name and BJCP category/sub category.
  • Packing Tips:
    If you are shipping your entries please pack carefully in a sturdy box, label FRAGILE, use bubble wrap to protect your entry.
    Address all entries to: Central Otago Home Brew Competition T.B.A.
  • All entries must be received at the nominated address between Friday 5th and Friday 19th January 2018
  • Please do not send entries before these dates.

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  • Judging will take place on Wednesday 24th of January.
  • Serving staff will anonymously pour beers in classes using a number system.
  • Judges will have 2-3 mins to taste and write notes.
  • Scoring will be a number based system totalling 30 for the following groups:


  • Judge’s decision is final, Organisers reserve the right to combine categories if a sufficient number of entries are not received.

Awards and Prizes

  • Certificates will be given to winners in each category judged, with prize for the overall winner. Prizes will be given as available. Winners will be announced at the Central Otago Craft Beer Festival on the afternoon of Saturday, February 3rd 2018.



Home Brew Contest Rules and Regulations

  • Open to any amateur brewer 18 years or older
  • All couriered entries must be received by entry deadline.
  • All entries must be handcrafted products, contain ingredients available to the general public and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers
  • The competition organisers are not responsible for miscategorised entries, couriered entries that arrive after the closing deadline or damaged entries.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending on quantity and quality of entries
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to combine categories based on the number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged on the style they were originally entered.
  • Only 2015 BJCP Beer Categories will be accepted
  • Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The highest points awarded in individual categories will be awarded prizes. Category winners will then be re - judged to determine Best in Show.
  • Bottles will not be returned to owner
  • Each entry consists of two bottles.
  • Entries must be referred to by 2015 BJCP Category NUMBER and Subcategory LETTER.