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The 'BrewKegTap Club Challenger Cup' is a brand new BJCP sanctioned competition, open to all amateur homebrewers based in the United Kingdom, with a focus on, but not exclusive to, the UK's many great homebrewing clubs. Each year the Club Challenger Cup, will be sponsored by a different homebrewing business and this year we are proud to partner with BrewKegTap, one of the UK's leading online retailers of homebrewing and dispense equipment. Check out their full range here - BrewKegTap

All entries will be assessed by qualified judges and members of the brewing community against current style guidelines.

Entries are currently capped at 200 during the initial BJCP Judge sign up phase. Once we have the required judges we will raise the limit to 250, then 300.

All Club Challenger Cup entries must be mailed to the drop off location by the shipping deadline (please allow for shipping time). There will be no drop-off available for the Club Challenger Cup, repeat there will be no drop-off for entries. This decision has been made by both the organising club and the organisers of BrewCon 2023 to ensure a well run competition with minimum interference to our host venues (both of which are operational breweries).

The Shipping deadline for all entries to arrive is Friday 29th September. Any beers that arrive after this date may be judged where possible but will not be able to be brought to the Club Challenger Cup to compete.

All entries remaining after the event will be made available to drink at the end of BrewCon 2023, during the after event at Hackney Brewery, where the results of the Club Challenger Cup will be announced. We will endeavour to make each entry labelled and easily recognisable.

The main prizes will be awarded to:

- Highest Scoring Homebrew Club across all entries Prize - £250 cash fund to be solely used by the club to organise a homebrew event in their town / region. Ts&Cs apply.

- Club Challenger Cup Best Of Show Prize - A BrewKegTap sponsored Kegerator system

- Club Challenger Cup Champion Brewer Prize - TBA

All brewers positioning first, second and third in category will receive a rosette and various prizes.

All scores & feedback sheets will be posted to the competition website promptly after judging has concluded.

Judging - Judge & Steward sign up is open. As a BJCP sanctioned event all judges and stewards will receive BJCP points for participating. All judges will receive a free pass to the 'Day Session' of BrewCon 2023. Food will also be provided at each judging session.


Competition Rules:

All entries must be made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations).

Beers will be assessed against BJCP Style Guidelines 2021. 

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.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

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

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.


BJCP 2021 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select 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 Kölsch5C German Helles Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Märzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock
9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter12A British Golden Ale12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA13A Dark Mild13B British Brown Ale
13C English Porter14A Scottish Light14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout17A British Strong Ale
17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barley Wine18A 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 IPA 21B1 Belgian IPA
21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA 21B4 Red IPA
21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA 21B7 Brut IPA
21C Hazy IPA22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 23G Gose
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Bière de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Belgian Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale27A Historical Beer 27A1 Kellerbier
27A2 Kentucky Common27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 London Brown Ale
27A5 Piwo Grodziskie27A6 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A7 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A8 Roggenbier27A9 Sahti28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer 28C Wild Specialty Beer 28D Straight Sour Beer
29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer 29C Specialty Fruit Beer
29D Grape Ale 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 30D Specialty Spice Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer
31B Alternative Sugar Beer 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Commercial Specialty Beer
34B Mixed-Style Beer 34C Experimental Beer LSX1 Dorada Pampeana
LSX2 IPA ArgentaLSX3 Italian Grape Ale LSX4 Catharina Sour
LSX5 New Zealand Pilsner  


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Each entry will consist of capped or corked bottles or cans that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

330ml brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles. 500ml is acceptable but 750ml bottles will be deemed to have unblinded the entry and will be disqualified. Plastic / PET / Coopers bottles are acceptable.

All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry and can be printed directly from this website. Entry paperwork should be attached to bottles by sellotape.

Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.


Judging Sessions and Dates

Thursday 5 October, 2023 18:00, BST

Friday 6 October, 2023 13:00, BST

Friday 6 October, 2023 18:00, BST

Saturday 7 October, 2023 09:00, 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 Ceremony

Hackney Brewery
Saturday 7 October, 2023 21:30, BST