The Canadian Amateur Brewers Association 2014 All About Ales Competition had a great showing of 128 entries, from over 60 brewers. 34 awards were presented in 11 categories and Best of Show.
AAA received generous support from our sponsors:
- 5 Paddles Brewing, providing a pro-am brewing opportunity for overall best-of-show winner
- Toronto Brewing, providing gift certificates for some of the gold medal prizes.
- White Labs yeast, providing paraphernalia for some of the gold medal prizes.
- Black Oak Brewing Company, who were generous hosts for the judging and were the primary delivery point for entries.
Congratulations to Chris Bourdages, overall Best of Show winner! And congratulations to all the clubs – club results are included after the individual results, below.
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The big homebrewers bus is on the road once again.
It’s a Magical Mystery Tour of beer, brewing and a great time.
Start and Finish at the Rhino Bar and Grill
1249 Queen St W Toronto
The trail East of Toronto will take us to:
Included in the day: Bus tour to the breweries, lunch with a pint, samples at each of the breweries, brewing prizes, demonstrations and professional tips from the brewers, lots of conversation about beer and brewing. Make some new friends and visit some you haven’t seen for a while. It’s a great day jam packed with fun and information, a really awesome time.
The CABA All About Ales competition is back!
All About Ales is a fall competition focusing on the category of beer which is arguably the most common and most celebrated by homebrewers. All About Ales provides a great chance to get some feedback from expert BJCP judges on your homebrew in a fun and competitive atmosphere.
Notice regarding primary drop-off location (2014-10-23): Black Oak will be closed for Cask Days on Saturday, October 25, and won’t be able to accept entries on that day (only). Please consider another day/time, the alternate drop-off location, or contact the Competition Director for alternate arrangements.
Clarification on Bottle/Cap packaging suggestions (2014-10-23): Coloured caps will be accepted – please make sure you black out any designs on your caps. Alternate bottle sizes and glass colours will be accepted as well. (The standard bottles make it easier for sorting entries, but all homebrew deserves a chance in the competition!)
Competition update (2014-10-08): Registration is Open!!
The AAA 2014 rules and entry form are available now. Let’s say a big thanks to the sponsors supporting this competition:
- 5 Paddles will be supplying the prize for overall Best of Show: An opportunity for a 6th Paddle pro-am brew!
- Thanks to Toronto Brewing for providing prize packs!
- Thanks to White Labs for providing prize packs!
- Thanks to Black Oak for being our main drop-off point, and judging location! And Happy 15th Birthday!!
Review the detailed rules, fill in the entry form and print it out. Entries can be delivered or dropped off at Black Oak between October 10 and October 31. Be sure to check out their special fall offerings when you’re dropping off your beer (mmmm… Oaktoberfest….)
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Zack Weinberg of TorontoBrewing.ca was one of our key presenters at the Great Canadian Homebrew Conference on June 21. He gave a great presentation on his West Coast travels and related brewing research. Attendees were very keen on the topic, and the presentation spurred a lot of discussion! Zack has shared his slides online for those who attended (and also for those couldn’t make it). Thanks, Zack!
This year’s GCHC Competition had one the highest number of entries in nearly 10 years. In all, 52 brewers (individuals and brewing teams) entered 227 entries representing a broad sampling of all BJCP major categories. The beers were judged over two days by 18 judges. In total, 67 awards are presented in 22 categories plus Best of Show.
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The Great Canadian Homebrew Conference
Saturday, June 21, 2014
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Join fellow homebrewers and beer aficionados for an afternoon of brewing discussion, information and technique exchange, as we are once again graciously hosted by CABA Sponsor The Rhino Bar & Grill.
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The Great Canadian Homebrew Competition is Back
Get your best beers together and enter them to win prizes, medals and the admiration of your brewing peers.
Get your not-so-best beers and enter those as well for evaluation and feedback from BJCP certified judges.
The competition is being sponsored by the good folks at
Update! Best of Show Pro-Am Brew Prize: And just to prove how great the people at Beau’s brewery are, and how nice they are to us, Beau’s will once again be brewing the Best of Show beer in large scale to the brewery in Vanleek Hill.
Update! Brewer of the Year: The GCHC Competition is now part of the Canadian Brewer of the Year circuit. Your standings in the GCHC will contribute to the national BOTY ranking.
Please see the PDF for details, instructions and contact information.
Thanks for your support and Good Luck!
It’ll soon be time to crown the latest Homebrewer of the Year and give the accolades he or she deserves. If you’ve got your eye on winning competitions and one of these years taking home the HotY award, you can learn a few things from last year’s winner, Brad Clifford.
Brad provided us with the secret details of his Great Canadian Homebrew Conference Best of Show winner. If you’re working on your brewing skills, you can learn a lot from Brad and our many other award winners.
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The CABA 2012 Anything Goes Competition went spectacularly well, with homebrewers submitted a total of 132 entries from across the country. Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to all of the winners.
CABA would like to thank all of the BJCP judges who took part in the judging prior to the Great Canadian Homebrew Conference. We’d also like to issue a special thank you to Ken Woods of Black Oak Brewery, who once again volunteered his brewery’s space to host the judging event.
And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for…
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