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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.


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.

2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager2C International Dark Lager
3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager3C Czech Amber Lager
3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles4B Festbier
4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier5B Kolsch
5C German Exportbier5D German Pils6A Marzen
6C Dunkels Bock7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier
7C Kellerbier 8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier
9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter
10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock
11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter
12A English Golden 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 Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
19A American Amber Ale19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter
20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout22C American Barleywine
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A9 London Brown Ale 


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Royal British Legion
Saturday 15 June, 2019 10:00, BST



The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

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

Awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.


Awards Ceremony

Royal British Legion
The Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9BX
Saturday 15 June, 2019 17:00, BST