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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Toronto Beer Week 2011 Homebrew Contest

Earlier today, organizers of the 2nd annual Toronto Beer Week released details on their website about this years TBW HomeBrew Contest; a significant part of TBW and the team hopes to build on the tremendous response that they received last year during the inaugural competition.

The Entry Form and the Contest Rules are also posted for all to see and if you have any questions, please contact Rob Symes at

Here is the full release:

July 21, 2011 - Last year’s Toronto Beer Week HomeBrew Contest was a huge success and a lot of fun. The quality of the beers that were entered last year was simply amazing. This stands as a testament to the skill, expertise and passion of Canadian homebrewers – and it’s for this very reason that we’re announcing Toronto Beer Week’s 2011 Homebrew Contest.

Homebrewers rock and form a vital part of Toronto’s vibrant beer scene. TBW’s HomeBrew Contest is our way of recognizing the fine efforts of the homebrewing community, and we encourage all homebrewers to participate because we don’t charge an entry fee. That’s because it’s our belief that this HomeBrew Contest should be accessible to all.

We’re currently finalizing this years prizing, and will release that information shortly, but expect it to be good! Last year’s prizes included the overall prize winner brewing a batch of his beer at Amsterdam brewery, a brewer for the day at the Granite under the supervision of Ron Keefe, delicious hops from Hops Direct and some great prizes from Canadian Homebrew Supplies, including a beautiful Blichmann brew kettle! To see how cool it can be to win, check out this write up of our grand prize winner’s brewery brew day.

Although TBW will be using the BJCP category guidelines to group the beers, the judging will not be BJCP sanctioned. When you enter you’ll need to determine which BJCP category is the best fit. You’ll find a complete list of all the categories here. The contest entries will be judged by the very same people who run the week – brewers, bar owners and beer press. Don’t worry – we know good beer – if you’ve brewed a winner we’ll recognize it!

The entry form is simple and easy to complete and you’ll find it here. As long as you live in the great white north and you make homebrew, then the contest is for you. The rules and address you need to get your entries are here. All entries need to be received by Friday September 9th at 9pm. If you have any questions we’ve not covered off, contact

Good luck and happy brewing!

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