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WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL ‘BREW CON WORLD SERIES’

The Brew Con World Series will be the official home brew competition of Brew Con London, the UK’s first conference and expo entirely dedicated to beer & home brewing.

This competition is BJCP sanctioned and open to any amateur home brewer age 18 or older. All styles will be accepted with the proviso that each entry must be made using hobbyist equipment by amateur brewers. The limit of beers for the competition will be 500 entries, with four entries per brewer allowed.

and now for something a little special...

 

'WORLD SERIES CHAMPION BEER' Sponsored by Muntons

Beer Boars have teamed up with Muntons to provide the brewer of the 'Champion Beer' at the Brew Con World Series with the ultimate home brew prize! Muntons are going to take the winning brewer to the 2018 American Homebrewers Association HOME BREW CON! 

That's right! Home Brew Con. In Portland. Oregon. Often called the mecca of craft beer! The award winning brewer will fly over earlier in the week, alongside Muntons & the Beer Boars co-founders to attend a week of curated beer & brewing events before attending Home Brew Con from 28th-30th June!

How's that for a prize?! Big thank to Muntons, sponsors of HBC, for agreeing to sponsor the inaugural Brew Con World Series and for all their support in getting Brew Con London up and running!

 

'BREW CON CHAMPION BREWER' 

The other big award will go to the brewer who amasses the most total points across all their entries (up to four). We are lining up something very special for this and will be announcing the prize soon. It is quite possibly safe to say if you havent got a valid passport you may want to consider getting one sorted however!

 

There will be prizes awarded for every grouped category winning beer as well as for some other categories which will range from brew days at commercial breweries to amazing swag, gift vouchers & signed merch! See below for the award categories.

 

JUDGING

First round will take place Monday 30th Oct – Friday 3rd Nov with 100 beers judged per night.

‘Play-offs’ will take place Friday 10th Nov and will decide 1st, 2nd & 3rd per category as well as any honourable mentions. Only beers with a score of 30+ will be eligible to place.

‘World Series’ will take place during Brew Con London on Sunday 12th November. A maximum of 12 beers will be judged at the event by a panel of expert BJCP judges, acclaimed professional brewers and members of the UK homebrew industry.

Beers will also be award points for finishing in the top 8 of their category which will contribute towards each individual brewers 'Brew Con Champion Brewer' score (10 for 1st, 8 for 2nd, 6 for 3rd, 5 for 4th, 4 for 5th, 3 for 6th, 2 for 7th, 1 for 8th).

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

'World Series Champion Beer' Sponsored by MUNTONS. The best beer of all the beers! The Brew Con World Series main prize will be awarded to the best individual beer from across all categories and all 500 entries.

'Brew Con Champion Brewer' Sponsored by BEER BOARS. The brewer with the highest total points across their four entries will win the title of Brew Con Champion Brewer!

'Best Club Effort' Total sum of points beers club members have earned across all categories. If a brewer enters under multiple clubs their points will be split between the clubs.

'Best of Category' The best beer from each category / grouping of smaller categories.

'Best International Entry' Best beer in any category from outside the UK.

 'Best Beer Label' Send an extra bottle showcasing your amazing beer label designs. The best design will win an award.

'Best Tag Team Beer' Beer brewed by team of two, ideally showcasing dual input and / or amalgamation of two previous beer ideas.

'Best Newcomer Brewer' Open to all entrants for whom Brew Con World Series is their FIRST ever competition attempt. 

 

ENTRANCE COSTS

The fee for each beer is £6 per entry, plus any Paypal fees.

Brewers entering four beers in an attempt to be crowned 'Champion Brewer' will be able to enter at a discounted rate of £5 per beer, so £20 for four.

 

COMPETITION RULES

Entries will be assessed against the BJCP Style Guidelines 2015 available via this link (PDF).

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off 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.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the judges scores for each beer will help rank each entry in its category, however fresh bottles of each beer in contention for a place with be re-assessed heads up with others to determine the top ranks. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

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BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA21B3 Brown IPA21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA21B6 White IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer27A1 Gose
27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager
27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer  

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Judging Session Locations and Dates

First Round - Day 1
The Mermaid, 181 Clarence Rd, London, E5 8EE
Monday 30 October, 2017 18:30, GMT

First Round - Day 2
The Mermaid, 181 Clarence Rd, London, E5 8EE
Tuesday 31 October, 2017 18:30, GMT

First Round - Day 3
The Mermaid, 181 Clarence Rd, London, E5 8EE
Wednesday 1 November, 2017 18:30, GMT

First Round - Day 4
The Mermaid, 181 Clarence Rd, London, E5 8EE
Thursday 2 November, 2017 18:30, GMT

First Round - Day 5
The Mermaid, 181 Clarence Rd, London, E5 8EE
Friday 3 November, 2017 18:30, GMT

Play Offs
The Mermaid, 181 Clarence Rd, London, E5 8EE
Friday 10 November, 2017 19:00, GMT

World Series
Brew Con London
Sunday 12 November, 2017 14:00, GMT

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Awards

The Award Ceremony will take place after the World Series final judging has taken place.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table (scoring above 30+)

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

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Awards Ceremony

Brew Con London
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT
Sunday 12 November, 2017 19:00, GMT

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