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Great Canadian Homebrew Conference – June 20 2015


Great Beers will be served by some of the best clubs in Southern Ontario.

Doors open at 10:30 at the Lansdowne Brewery

303 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto ON (Between Dundas & College)

Featured speakers / Activities include:

  • Live recording session of Brew Talk Online

(Topic: Advanced Homebrewing Tips)

  • 4-course meal focusing on pairing beer with food

With homebrew from local clubs

  • DHC (Durham Homebrew Club)
  • GTA Brews
  • HOZER (Hamilton Ontario Zymurgy Enthusiast Ring)
  • THC (Toronto Homebrew Club)

[Please contact Lansdowne Brewery with any questions about food allergies or restrictions]

  • Competition Awards
  • Prizes


  • Bring your homebrew for feedback from other
    homebrewers and professional brewers alike.


  • Free commemorative 20oz glass for all attendees.

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GCHC Competition 2015

The Great Canadian Homebrew Competition is back for 2015!

Update: Thanks to our sponsors!

Black Oak Brewing Co noblehop short finger final web


Update: Competition rules and the entry form are now available! Entries will be accepted until Thursday, June 4.


Thaw out your brewing equipment, and brew your favourite styles! After a long cold winter, brew a long cold one for early June consumption. Submit in any style, for evaluation and feedback from a respected panel of BJCP-certified judges!

The competition will follow BJCP 2008 guidelines (plus a special category for Black IPA). The entry deadline will be in early June, with judging and awards wrapped up by June 20 at the Great Canadian Homebrew Conference.

Details will be posted shortly, including rules, entry forms, deadlines and drop-off points. Check back at for updates!

2014 All About Ales Homebrew Competition Results

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.

All About Ales Competition – Fall 2014

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:

Black Oak Brewing Co 5 Paddles Brewing Co Toronto Brewing Co White Labs Brewers Yeast


  • 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….)

GCHC 2014 Presentation by Zack Weinberg

Zack Weinberg of 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!

GCHC 2014 Competition Results

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.

GCHC 2014: June 21 at The Rhino

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.