Harvest Homebrew Challenge – October 5-12

Working in collaboration with the BC Beer Awards, we are happy to announce the Harvest Homebrew Challenge. Think fresh hops, pumpkin and fruit beers... that sort of thing.

Drop off your entries at Bomber Brewing between October 5-12. Judging will occur on October 15th, location TBA. Entry is free and open to any resident of BC who makes beer at home. One entry limit per brewer, so bring your A-game! BJCP categories are in effect, but this will be conducted as a BOS-style comp meaning entries will be judged as which is best overall to the theme, not necessarily best to style.

Entries must be two bottles 12oz in size (though we'll take bigger), and have a BJCP Bottle ID attached via elastic band.

If you have any question, please contact and we'll get you sorted. Get brewing, and good luck!

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2013 VanBrewer Awards Results

First, a big thank you to our awesome sponsors! This event would not take place without them. A big shout out to Parallel 49 for providing us with space, and receiving and caring for all of the entries. They took good care of all of our beers, and kept them cool in their walk-in.

Our title sponsor, Russell Brewing for making the best Canadian homebrewing prize available, the Golden Stag. For those of you that don't know, the winner will get a commercial release of their recipe, a brew day at Russell, and you also receive a cash prize!

We would also like to thank all of the judges for their time, and their feedback, as well as the stewards for keeping the wheels on the bus.

And now, keep reading for the results!

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2013 Vanbrewer Awards

The Vancouver Homebrewers Associations is excited to announce the 2013 VanBrewer Awards competition. We will be accepting entries in BJCP categories 1 - 23 for an entry fee of $6.00 (Cheque or paypal only). Registration will open on Wednesday March 20th 2013 at and will close on April 20th 2013. Entries can be shipped or dropped off at Parallel 49 Brewing Co. 1946 Triumph St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1K5 between April 6th and 20th, during tasting room hours 11am - 7pm daily.

Entries will be judged at Parallel 49 as well. Volunteers will be needed for the bottle sort on Sunday April 21st starting at 12:00.  Judges and stewards are needed for 6 shifts:

  1. Thursday, April 25th, 18:15-21:30
  2. Friday, April 26th, 9:30-12:30
  3. Friday, April 26th, 13:15-16:30
  4. Friday, April 26th, 17:30-20:30
  5. Saturday, April 27th, 9:30-12:30
  6. Saturday, April 27th, 13:15-16:30

* note times and dates subject to change. Please check back here, or at the awards site for details *

Please note that we will not be accepting cash this year, Cheque or Paypal only.

The Golden Stag is back up for grabs to the Best Of Show winner. Good luck to all participants!

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Howe Sound Brewing, The Alibi Room & VanBrewers Pro-Am Competition!

We are pleased to announce a competition in collaboration with Howe Sound Brewing!

Entries are to be submitted by January 13, so enter what ever you have on hand. Have a beer waiting to get bottled sitting in a carboy? Get on it and get it submitted! Judging will take place on Monday January 14th with the winner having their beer brewed by Howe Sound Brewing. This beer is to be put on tap for the first time at the Alibi Room's 400th tap rotation! Accommodation and hospitality will be provided by Howe Sound Brewing for the weekend it is to be brewed.


Entrance is free. 2 bottles are required per entry up to a maximum of 2 entries per individual. Please use BJCP competition labels attached with a elastic band. Labels can be found here. Bring entries to the Alibi Room between 1 to 6 pm. We are really excited for this!

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