OntarioBeerKegs Homebrew Competition 2013
OntarioBeerKegs Homebrew Competition 2013

First off, apologies for the short notice. An opportunity presented itself to have a Pro-Am Collaboration brewed at Broadhead Brewing and served at Broadheads booth at the 2013 WinterBrewed Festival in Ottawa, Ontario and we jumped on it. There's still time to get a brew or two in before then and we know, as homebrewers ourselves, that a lot of us just have a homebrew stash to pick from if needed, so best of luck!

OntarioBeerKegs Homebrew Competition 2013

Complete Rules & Information

Purpose of the Contest

The purpose of the OBK Homebrew Competition is to encourage homebrewers Canada wide to participate by submitting their beers in judging. OBK values the contribution that homebrewers make to the beer scene. OBK also seeks to encourage collaboration among the homebrewing community and Ontario craft breweries as the winning beer will be selected to be brewed up as a production beer and served at Broadhead Brewings own booth at the 2013 WinterBrewed Festival.

Who can enter the Contest?

The contest is open to any Canadian resident who is prepared to make arrangements to travel to Broadhead Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario if their entry is decided to be Best of Show. ($500 will be awarded for travel expenses)

Registration is Required

Every homebrewer who wishes to participate in the competition must register on the OBK Homebrew Competition site. There are no registration fees required, this competition is free to enter. Complete recipe and brewing process information will be needed at time of registration. All bottle labels can be printed through the competition software after registering.


Entering Beers

An entry form must be completed for each beer entered, there are no limits to how many beers you can enter. There are no style categories for this competition. Winter seasonal brews are emphasized, but not required to be a winner. If you collaborated with other brewers to make the beer, list their names on the entry form. Entries can be submitted in bottles ranging from 330ml to 2L, capped, corked or swingtop, it does not matter, but 330ml is the absolute minimum. Please submit 3 bottles for each entry at a minimum.

Bottle identificaiton labels must be attached to each entry with an elastic band. Labels can be printed through the competition software following registration. Please register before shipping or dropping off beers!

Ineligible Entries

Beers produced in commercial breweries/brewpubs are not eligible for the competition. This competition is about beers brewed by homebrewers using their own homebrew equipment. Entries can be all grain, extract, partial mash, etc. Please no pre-made wort kits where only yeast is added.

Drop off / Shipping Locations

For those across the country who will be shipping, shipments will be accepted provided that all charges have been prepaid by the entrant and that no receipt of signature is required. The entries should be well packaged and protected from breakage (i.e., use a sturdy box and line with a plastic garbage bag an wrap each bottle with sufficient protective packaging material. The package should be addressed to:

Shipping Address:
132 Toronto St
PO Box 961
Mitchell ON N0K 1N0

Or Entries can be dropped off at either of these locations:

145 West St
Mitchell ON N0K 1N0
Between the hours of 9am - 4:30pm

Broadhead Brewery
81 Auriga Dr, Unit 13
Ottawa, ON
K2E 7X7

*Each person to enter will receive a $10 Coupon Code for use at OntarioBeerKegs.com. We know all about shipping prices, so this our way of offsetting your costs and saying thank you for entering.

Deadline for Entries

To be eligible for the contest, entries must be received by OntarioBeerKegs by 4pm on Friday, January 4, 2013. Entries received after the deadline will be disqualified.


Contest judging sessions will take place the week following the entry deadline. Details on the final round judging session will be announced at a later date once arrangements have been confirmed. The competition is not BJCP sanctioned and will not be judged solely on BJCP criteria.


A top percentage of stand out beers will advance to a final round where the top three will be chosen, the Best of Show, 2nd place and 3rd Place. Prizes will be awarded as following:

Grand Prize - 1st Place Best of Show

Winning Entry Pro-Am Collaboration with Broadhead Brewing Company

The grand prize winning entry will be awarded the opportunity to brew their winning recipe as a pro-am collaboration with Broadhead Brewing Company. The beer will be ready for release and served at the Broadhead Brewing booth at the 2013 WinterBrewed Festival in Ottawa, Ontario. $500 in travel expenses will be covered by OntarioBeerKegs (Any leftover funds not used for travel can be used as OntarioBeerKegs store credit -- Prizes have no cash value).

The grand prize winner will be expected to follow any direction received from the prize donor, including any requirements to sign waivers, wear protective equipment, or to be available at a specified date/time/location in order to participate in a pro-am brewing session, which may not be negotiable due to brewery production scheduling. OntarioBeerKegs will post an announcement listing all the competition winners shortly after final judging takes place.

2nd Place Prize

19 Gallon SS Brew Pot

The 2nd place overall prize will be an accessorized 19 gallon Stainless Steel Two Port Brewing Pot complete with 6" Thermometer and 3 Piece Ball Valve (or $200 store credit).

3rd Place Prize

9 Gallon SS Brew Pot

The 3rd place overall prize will be an accessorized 9 gallon Stainless Steel Two Port Brewing Pot complete with 2" Thermometer and 3 Piece Ball Valve (or $100 store credit).

Note: Rules may be subject to change and clarification by OBK.

For updates regarding the competition keep an eye on this page, OntarioBeerKegs Facebook Page, CanadianHomebrewSupplies.com or CanadianHomebrewSupplies.com's Twitter.

Broadhead Brewing Company

For more information on Broadhead Brewing Company visit www.broadheadbeer.com. Be sure to check out what's currently available on tap if you're in the area. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter too.

WinterBrewed Festival - Ottawa, ON (Feb. 16 & 17, 2013)

"Join us Family Day weekend and chill out at the first annual WinterBrewed festival.

Ottawa's newest annual craft beer festival is here! Join the award-winning team from National Capital Craft Beer Week for two days of fun and activities. Come celebrate the 200th Anniversary of craft brewing in the National Capital Region with fantastic seasonal craft brewed beer and artisanal food.

Warm up to a hot beer or enjoy one of your craft-brewed favourites from around the region and beyond. Cheer on your favourite brewery, pub, or restaurant during our winter games and participate in the largest snowman building competition around! Enjoy our on-site sugar bush in the beauty of Ottawa's oldest pedestrian mall. We have fun planned for adults and kids alike. Age of majority is required to enjoy the beer."