Thank you for your interest in the Inaugural ACB Homebrew Competition organized by Anglian Craft Brewers, Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9BX.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the Inaugural ACB Homebrew Competition!

There are 97 registered entries and 83 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 04:23, there are 6 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).


The Inaugural ACB Homebrew Competition.

The competition will use the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Thanks to all that have entered our competition.

Here's an Important notice: Your entries must be finalised and any outstanding payments must be made by 24th May. Unpaid entries will be purged from the systems after this date.

All entrants will receive score sheets and commentary prepared by judges who are recognized by either the BJCP or NGWBJ, or have significant experience/training (eg professional brewers).

Winners will be announced upon completion of the competition.

Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone. Competition Organizers, staff, judges and stewards may enter the competition. Measures are in place to ensure fair, anonymous, judging. Judges and stewards will not be assigned to categories that they have entered. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew-on-premise establishments, are not eligible. Categories: All beer will be judged as per the 2015 BJCP style guidelines.

For full guidelines, go to:

Go to Info tab above for beer styles eligible in this competition.

Judges and competition organizers will not reclassify entries so please choose styles carefully. Styles may be collapsed and combined at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Entry fee: £7 per first entry (plus any PayPal handling fees), if insufficent entries are reached a 2nd entry maybe offered at £5 per subsequent entry (plus any PayPal handling fees).

Online Registration only:

Paypal payment only. 

There is a limit of 100 paid entries. The entry system will lock at 100 paid entries and all unpaid entries will be deleted at this time. Brewers are limited to a maximum of one (1) entry each.


Entries should be posted or dropped off no earlier than 27 May, 2019 and no later than 3:00 PM on  7 June 2019. Register entries online at any time before 5pm on 10 May 2019, at For a full list of entry drop-off points, and our mail in location, see the website. This applies to ALL entries. Judges and Stewards will NOT be permitted to bring beer on the day.

Judging: Each entry will be judged by a panel of at least two judges, where possible with at least one of whom has achieved a minimum rank of Recognized by the BJCP. The first round of judging will determine the top three entries in each award category. Medals will be awarded for each of the top three entries in each category (note: medals will not be awarded to beers that score below 30, judges do not have to award all placings, there can be no joint placings). The first-place entry in each award category will then compete for Best of Show.

BJCP Experience: Judges and stewards will receive experience points toward advancement in the BJCP. All judges and stewards will be required to fill out registration and waiver forms.

Judging score sheets and prizes (where applicable) will be sent out shortly after the competition. Competition organizers reserve the right to disqualify any entries, without refund. Questions or disputes will be settled by competition coordinators; their decisions will be final.

The judging floor will be closed to all except judges, stewards and organizers.

Social Event

Whilst the judging it taking place upstairs, we plan to hold a social event downstairs from 12pm, entrance will be free to all those that have entered a beer into the competition all others attending there is a £2 entance fee. We will have a bar with 4 or 5 barrels of homebrew beer for patrons to drink, however, we would really appreciate a donation when ordering a beer. All funds received will help towards brewing and competition costs and a donation to our hosts the Royal British Legion in the upkeep of the building. 

The announcement of results, awards ceremony and raffle will be open to the public, starting at around 5 p.m. Entry after 5p.m. will be free.

At the end of the award ceremony the bottles not used for judging will be available for drinking or taking away, anything left will be tipped away and bottles disposed of.


The competitions are non-profit. Funds from the competition are used to run the competition itself, including food provision for volunteers at the event. A small amount may be used to support the training of judges (for example to purchase off-flavour kits). Everything else is fed back as prizes, used to pay for up-front costs for the next competition, or a donation to our venue hosts The Royal British Legion. All the organisers and judges volunteer their time freely to support the homebrewing community.

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Royal British Legion
The Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9BX
Saturday 15 June, 2019 10:00, BST

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Nick Davis — Treasurer
  • Colin Miller — Organisor
  • Steve Plampton — Organisor


Anglian Craft Brewers is proud to have the following sponsors for the Inaugural ACB Homebrew Competition.

Colchester Brewery
Colchester Brewery
Colchester Homebrew Supplies
Colchester Homebrew Supplies
Craft Brewing Association (UK)
Craft Brewing Association (UK)