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The Happy Holiday Homebrew Competition is the St. Louis Brews annual homebrew competition. It is a fully sanctioned AHA and BJCP event. The main judging being on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

At this time, we have two preliminary judging sessions scheduled for Tuesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 3. Both will be held at Urban Chestnut, 4465 Manchester, St. Louis, MO 63110. The Tuesday and Wednesday sessions will start at 6:00. Depending on the number of entries received and the number of judges that we can recruit, we may add addition judging sessions.

The main judging will be held on Saturday, December 6, and will be held at Shrewsbury City Center, located at 5200 Shrewsbury Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119. Judging sessions will begin at 9:00 and 1:00.

We are proud to be the final qualifying event for the Annual Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB), and the final stop on the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year circuit.


The official rules are available now. Want to know where to send your entries, how much it costs and other important facts? The official rules. Learn it. Know it. Live it.

Style Guidelines

We will be using the 2008 AHA/BJCP beer style guidelines. Beers, Meads and Ciders/Perrys will be judged. Download the style guidelines in HTML, PDF or MS Word format.

Register Your Beer

Registration will open on Monday, November 3, 2014 and will close on Friday, November 21, 2011.  Please note that this is a smaller registration window than in years past. Be sure to get your entries submitted in time! Additionally, due to overwhelming demand, we have had to put a cap on the number of entries. This year, we will accept no more than 700 entries. The registration site is located here.

Register to Judge or Steward.

Be a judge or steward. You get to hang out with other brewers and judges. And you might just even get to sample a beer or two or...

We would very much like to invite out of town judges to come to St. Louis and help us out with this competition. A number of our members are participating in a Beds for Brewers program, where they will provide a place to stay for out of town judges.

This year, we will be conducting a Spiegelau beer glass demonstration on Thursday, December 4. The demonstration will include four world class beers to try in the Spiegelau glasses, and you get to take the four-glass tasting kit home! The normal price for this is $25, but we are please to offer this exciting program to judges and stewards for FREE! Our HHHC Info page has more information about this event.

Here's the registration form.

Judge/steward registration opens at the same time beer registration begins.


The results of the competition will be posted here within a day of the competition. Individual score sheets will be scanned within a week of the competition and will be available electronically for viewing. To view your score sheets, you will need to revisit the registration page, so be sure to keep the brewer number provided to you upon registering in order to get access.


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