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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 10 (6:30 pm) and Saturday, December 11, 2021 (9:00 am and 1:00 pm). All of the main sessions will be held at Alpha Brewing Company, located at 4310 Fyler Avenue, St.Louis MO 63116. 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.

For beer BOS, first place will get a carbonated uKeg growler from Growlerwerks. 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.


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 15, 2021 and will close on Friday, December 3, 2021.  Due to COVID, it is possible that we may not be able to recruit as many judges as in years past. This year, we will have an initial cap of 450 entries. If we get enough judges, we may increase the cap. In 2019, the last year we were able to hold HHHC, we reached our cap of 650 entries within 72 hours of registration opening. Don't miss out this year! Be sure to enter early. The registration site is located here.

Register to Judge or Steward.

Due to the rise in cases in our community, the 2021 Happy Holidays Homebrew Competition is implementing COVID-19 protocol where the judges and stewards will need to show proof of being vaccinated. We had to weigh out a lot of variables, most importantly variables that hit close to home with current health issues of loved ones living in the homes of a few key volunteers. While we know that the COVID-19 vaccine canít give us 100% guarantees, however, requiring it from all our HHHC volunteers became the only way to give a higher level of protection. We are truly sorry if this leaves anyone out from helping us make the event a success, and we would just hope that you will consider being part of HHHC again in the future. To everyone who is fully vaccinated or has a current negative test result and can make it, please plan on a fun, while a little different than normal, 2021 Happy Holidays Homebrew Competition. Please be sure to bring your mask or feel free to grab one from the volunteer check-in station upon entering the facility as well as having a copy of your documentation ready to show.

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.

Alpha Brewing Company   National Honey Board
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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