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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. This year it will be held on the evenings of Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12, 2013, with the main judging being on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

The location of the Wednesday and Thursday evening judging sessions will be at Perennial Artisan Ales, 8125 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111.  The location of the main Saturday judging sessions & the banquet will be at Annunciation Church Cafeteria, 16 West Glendale, Webster Groves, MO 63119. Gordon Strong will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

This year, we are organizing a tour and beer/food pairing at Schlafly Bottleworks for judges and stewards. This will be on Friday, December 13. More details will be posted as they become available.

So you think your brew can be a contender? Find out by entering it in the HHHC. 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 4, 2013 and will close on Friday, December 6, 2013.  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. We are also working on getting group rates to a few local hotels. On Friday, December 13, we will be hosting a tour and beer/food pairing at Schlafly Bottleworks. This is for judges and stewards, and is free. We hope you can make it!

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


This year, we had 743 entries. No, that is not a typo. 743. Quite a bit different than the 500 we were expecting, but many judges from across the St. Louis region and beyond pitched in to make it happen. Individual score sheets will be available on-line within the next week. But in the mean time, here are the RESULTS.


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