National Brewing Championships 2016

This year, the judging will split into two venues on two dates. The decision on how the categories are split, will be decided based on number of entries received in each different category:

Saturday 20 February, 2016

Saturday 5 March, 2016



This competition is open to any full member of the National Homebrew Club.

Judging will be based on the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.

Entries must be registered by Jan 31st.

Competition Rules
Brewers may enter each category, but are limited to only one entry per subcategory.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations shortly after the entry deadline (Check below for details).

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Best of Show

The BOS winner will get to attend a brew day for the winning beer at Simon Lambert & Sons, Wexford


The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category or category combination.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Score sheets will either be scanned and emailed or returned after the awards ceremony – awards will be available after the ceremony concludes. Score sheets not picked up will be emailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes. Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

Entry Rules
There is a limit of four hundred (400) entries for this competition.

Entry Fees: €5.00 per entry.

Entries must be registered by Jan 31st.

Beer & Cider entries must be 2 x 500ml Brown crown capped or swing-top bottles regardless of strength.

Wine entries must be 1 x 750ml bottle.

Mead can be 1 x 330ml or 1 x 500ml bottles.

Corked or swing-top bottles are acceptable and must be void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

Brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms and recipe sheets must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website.

Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges’ scoring of your entry.

Drop Off Points
Abbot’s Alehouse
17 Devonshire Street, Cork
021 450 7116

Alfie Byrne’s
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
01 602 8976

Brendan Murphy
087 787 4050
*Call ahead to arrange

Brian Dempsey
087 687 9133
*Call ahead to arrange

Castle Off Licence
066 718 0360

Conor Maguire – South Dublin Brewers
Blackrock, Co. Dublin
087 415 8892
*PM or call ahead to arrange

Cork Bradley’s Supermarket
021 427 0845

Damien Fahy – Garden County Brewers
Bray, Co Wicklow
086 806 4310
*Call ahead to arrange

Damien Munroe
087 655 9966
*Call ahead to arrange

Dicey Reilly’s
071 985 1371

Egan’s Wines
Peppers Court, Portlaoise, Laois
057 866 660

Garrett Geoghegan
086 323 9610
*Call ahead to arrange

John Mangan
086 809 1777
*Call ahead to arrange

John O’Connell
Drop Point Coordinator
087 987 0272
*Contact John in a case where a drop points refuses to take your entries

Kevin Connell
087 961 1802
*Call ahead to arrange

Next Door – Limerick
061 307 780

Rossa O’Neill
Rathfarnham, D14
086 865 6320
*Call ahead to arrange

Sky And The Ground
053 912 1273

The Norseman
Temple Bar, Dublin
01 671 5135

The Oslo
Salthill, Galway
091 448390

The Wine Centre
056 7722907

Thomas Carroll
0044 746 252 6952
*Call ahead to arrange

375-377 Ormeau Rd, Belfast, County Antrim, BT7 3GP
028 9064 5774

W.J Kavanaghs
4 & 5 Lower Dorset St, Dublin 1
01 873 0990

William Davis
087 270 4904
*Call ahead to arrange

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