The Connecticut Homebrew Club Competition

**UPDATE- March 16, 2020

In order to exercise caution regarding the coronavirus we will NOT be having an awards ceremony/after-party after judging. We will still judge the beers and post the winners, and will scan and send score sheets in a timely fashion. Thank you for your cooperation as we do our best to keep eachother safe. 

The first competition was awesome. Thanks to all that participated. We are looking forward to next year!

2019 Homebrew Club Competition Winners

1st. Paul Hayslett – Baltic Porter –  Underground Brewers of Connecticut

Competition Information:

The Connecticut Homebrew Club Competition will take place on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Counter Weight Brewing in Hamden, CT.

Our goal is to bring homebrew clubs together in a fun way so are introducing the Connecticut Homebrew Club Competition. We are limiting styles by design to keep things simple yet engaging. Each participating club should put forth the top 3 beers, as they see fit, for entrance into the Competition (full rules below).

This is a BJCP sanctioned competition. All entrants must be homebrewers who are members of an AHA-recognized homebrew club. The competition entries are limited to BJCP Category 26, Trappist Ales and the 4 (four) substyles, A, B, C and D. Please, no wood aged, fruited, spiced or vegetable versions, or mixed fermentations will be accepted.

As we did last year, we are recruiting BJCP-ranked (preference) and novice judges, as well as stewards. Judging in the morning with awards and after-party starting mid-day, where all are welcome. Please contact organizer to volunteer.

The cost of entry is a flat fee of $20.00 per club, which covers up to the three entries being judged.

Rules and guidelines:

Each club to hold its own initial judging to identify their top 3 Trappist (cat. 26) entries to submit to the Club-Only challenge. Each club will contact Organizer to declare the club name, and details for each of up to three entries including brewer(s) name and BJCP style category. Payment must be made by PayPal ( no later than March 13, 2020, or entries will be forfeited.

Entries must be dropped off at Counter Weight brewing no later than Friday, March 20, 2020 by 6:00pm EST. We WILL NOT accept entries the day of the competition. Seriously, just don’t.

Please submit three (3), 10-16 ounce bottles per entry. All identifiable caps, markings, etc. must be blacked out or removed.

All brewers must be a member of a homebrew club based in Connecticut and registered on the AHA website. No entries may be brewed professionally and/or at a facility such as a brew on premise.

Each club must declare the total number entries, up to three (3), by March 13, 2020 to the organizer.

Let me repeat: Entries may not be brought the day of competition. Seriously, dealing with that last year sucked, so we’re just not doing that again.

If you cannot get entries to Counter Weight, email or call the organizer, who may be influenced to meet you somewhere if there’s beers involved.

Judging will be via BJCP guidelines on BJCP score sheets (new version). Judges will be recruited via the BJCP website and electronic notifications. This is a sanctioned competition so all judges and stewards will be awarded points appropriately.

We’re going to rely on the honor system that if your beer is in the final round, you won’t sign up to judge.

Best of show will earn the Connecticut Homebrew Competition Cup for that year. Winning club promises to return the cup prior to the next year’s competition. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awarded to the individual brewers. Of course everyone who enters is a winner because we all share in the sacred art of manufacturing tax-free booze!


Organizer is Andy Orefice, treasurer, Brew Haven. Email me at  or call at 203.640.5502