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Home Competitions Details - ALES Homebrew Open/ NHC Canadian Regional Qualifier

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ALES Homebrew Open/ NHC Canadian Regional Qualifier
12.04.2010 - 17.04.2010


The Ale and Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan are hosting the NHC Canadian Regional Qualifier/ALES Homebrew Open competition from April 12th  to 17th, 2010 at the Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Not only is this the largest competition in Canada, but it is the only way for Canadians to advance to the National Homebrew Competition, which is the largest homebrew competition in the world.  Additionally, any medals won will earn you points towards the all-new Canadian Brewer of the Year award.

Our competition is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association and the Beer Judge Certification Program.  Judging is conducted by certified BJCP judges using the BJCP 2008 Style Guidelines.

The competition is open to all 28 BJCP categories of homebrewed beer, mead and cider.  Medals and prize packages are awarded to Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each category.  Prize packages consist of a wide variety of donated items from our many sponsors.

The major awards are:
Best of Show – Awarded to the single best beer entry.  The Best of Show prize is the opportunity to brew one of your recipes at the Bushwakker Brewpub!
Homebrewer of the Year – based on total points earned from category medals (entries must score a minimum of 30 points to count towards HoY)
Mead Maker of the Year – Awarded to the single best mead entry
Cider Maker of the Year – Awarded to the single best cider entry 
Club of the Year - based on total points earned from category medals (entries must score a minimum of 30 points to count towards CoY)

Results will be announced on April 17th at the Awards Ceremony, and will be posted on the ALES website by April 19th.


All entries must be registered online HERE.

$5 fee for each entry.  Make cheques payable to ALES Club.

We require 2 bottles per entry of any shape or size. No labels or markings other than the registration label are allowed.  Any marks on caps should be blacked out. The registration label should be affixed just below the neck of the bottle with scotch tape.  To print off your labels, select "Print Bottle Labels" from the Registration. ***Keep in mind that if you advance to the NHC, you will have to send them an additional 3 bottles per entry (the AHA will email you all the details).

Only beers, meads and ciders made using home brewing equipment may be entered.

Entrants may only submit one entry per subcategory. For categories that have no subcategories (Categories 20 and 23), you may only submit one entry.

When registering your entries, do NOT use the Unique Ingredients or Comments section unless you are entering 6D (American Wheat or Rye), 16E (Belgian Specialty), 17F (Fruit Lambic). 20 (Fruit Beer), 21 (Spice/Herb/Vegetable), 22B (Smoked Beer), 22C (Wood Aged Beer), 23 (Specialty Beer), or Meads/Ciders.  Refer to the BJCP Style Guidelines if you aren't sure what to enter.

Entries must be received at the Bushwakker by April 8th.  Do not ship via bus courier, or COD, and please do not use packing corn!  Entries must be couriered directly to, or dropped off at:
The Bushwakker Brewpub
2206 Dewdney Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan
(306) 359-7276

Conflicts or disputes will be settled by the Competition Chairman. All decisions are final.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Ryan Coulthard
Competition Chairman
(306) 359-0157
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