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Thank you for your interest in the Aurora Brewing Challenge organized by Edmonton Homebrewers Guild, Alley Kat Brewery.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.

If you are willing to judge or steward, please return to register on or after Saturday 1 May, 2021 00:00, MDT.


DUE TO COVID-19, THE ABC HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020. We are hoping to be back up and running for the 2021 season.

Please do not attempt to enter until further notice as it means more work for the webmaster who isn't getting paid for any of this.


This competition is BJCP sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer (as opposed to those professional homebrewers, i guess) age 18 or older.

All entries must be received by the specified dates and times. Entries arriving before the window will be disqualified because no-one wants to hold on to your homebrew for that long, so please plan accordingly. 

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers. No, I don't believe you own a centrifuge, but if you do, can I borrow it?

We aren't responsible for mis-categorised entries, entries that show up late, and/or broken. Assume the shipper hates you and pack accordingly.

Protip: If you pack bottles upside down, they will break, no matter how much packaging you include, so write "This Side Up" on every side of your box to minimise the chance of that happening. 

We're going to combine styles based on how many of each entry we receive. Also, not trying to tell you what to brew or anything, but we habitually get more IPAs and Belgians than any other style. A nice mild might be nice. 

All entries will have at least one qualified BJCP judge, more likely two. 

Unlike some competitions, we don't really care if you want to enter the same subcategory more than once, but you can only win three medals, even if all 6 of your Imperial Pastry Stouts score 50s.

Also, just because one judge gives you a 50 doesn't automatically mean you win gold. In most categories, we receive enough entries that it will go to a mini BoS and that's what will determine your ranking. We'll also raucously mock the judge that gave you a 50, as one does. Unless it actually wins.

As long as it holds beer and doesn't leak, we'll accept it, but no-one wants to deal with a Safeway bag full of homebrew held together with twist ties. Use common sense. 

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners. This assumes you sent a second bottle. If you didn't, we're not sending the dregs of the first one to the BoS panel. Unless it went off. Then we'll send it because now it's funny. 

Bottles will not be returned to entrants. Or grocery bags.

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Dustin Banks — Competition Coordinator
  • Marie-Annick Scott — Webmaster