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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 will be on Friday, December 7 (6:30 pm) and Saturday, December 8, 2018 (9:00 am and 1:00 pm). All of the main sessions will be held at Shrewsbury City Center, located at 5200 Shrewsbury Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119). Other sessions may be added, depending on the number of entries received.

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.

Special Category

This year, the National Honey Board is sponsoring a special category for Honey beers! Winner of that category will recieve a special prize of 15 lb of honey from the Honey Board. Honey beer entries will not be judged to BJCP styles, but rather on how well honey is featured as an ingredient. This is a fantastic opportunity. Start thinking about honey beer recipes and get those special beers brewed!


In addition to medals, we have some special prizes for both beer and meads.

Spike For beer BOS, first place will get a ten gallon brew kettle from Spike Brewing. Prizes will also be awarded for second and third place in BOS.

For mead BOS, first place will get 60 lb of honey (no, that is not a typo), second gets 15 lb, and third gets 5 lb.

This year, two area breweries are sponsoring prefessional ramp-ups. Alpha Brewing Company is sponsoring a ramp-up in the category of sours and wild ales, and Stubborn German Brewery is sponsoring a ramp-up for the best German style beer. Winners of these ramp-ups will get to brew their beer at the breweries with professional brewers. How cool is that?!?!


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 2015 AHA/BJCP beer style guidelines. Beers, Meads and Ciders/Perrys will be judged. You can access the beer style guidelines here, the cider guidelines here or the mead guidelines here.

Register Your Beer

Registration will open on Monday, November 12, 2018 and will close on Friday, November 30, 2018.  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 650 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.

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 or so 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.

Modern Brewery  
Modern Brewery   St. Louis Wine and Beermaking
Spike   Missouri Malt
Urban Chestnut   Unistat
Schlafly   Charleville
Design2Brew   Minibrew
Stubborn German   Five Star
  Fast Brewing

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