This fun and creative competition format has become very popular in recent years. If you’re not familiar with it, each contestant or team is supplied with a box of the same ingredients and given a fixed amount of time to brew 5 gallons of any style of beer they like – using those ingredients and those only!

It all culminates in an awards night, when the brewers present and promote their beer, and then everyone (official judges and the general public) votes on their favorite. The winners are awarded some great prizes for our generous sponsors!

The contest is limited to 30 contestants/teams.


Due to the popularity of the competition we wanted to give everyone a fair chance so this year’s competition will have a Qualification round!

The Qualification round will be a BJCP-sanctioned competition (BJCP 2015 Guidelines) where a maximum of 90 teams (30 teams per style) will be free to brew one of the following styles:

  • 10A – Weissbier
  • 11B – Best Bitter
  • 16B – Oatmeal Stout

The qualification round is OVER! Here are the teams advancing to the main event!

Team Name Team Captain
Alain Fournier
Andrew Brebner
Anthony Iacono
Collin Lavoie
Derek Maisonville
François Quintal
Frank Schneidawind
Les Brasseurs Masqués Jean-Sébastien Bénard
Jerome Pelletier
Jonathan Lajoie
Mets Là Dans ta Bouche Jonathan Simard
Julien Godin-Viau
Keegan Link
Kurt Houghton
Luc LeBlanc
Marc Dobrescu
Mathieu Gagne
Michael Brown
Philippe Samson
Steve Painchaud
Torrey Pass
Trevor Livingstone
Vincent Gervais




1. The contest is open to individual contestants and teams of up to four people.

2. All individual contestants must be members-in-good-standing of the MontreAlers Homebrewing Club (hereafter known as “MontreAlers”) as of July 29, 2017. All teams must include one member-in-good-standing of the MontreAlers as of July 29, 2017.

3. All contest participants must be 18 years or older as of July 29, 2017.

4. Only homebrewed beer is allowed. No wines, gruits, ciders, or meads are allowed. No commercial beer or beer brewed at a commercial brewery is allowed.

5. The beer may contain all or only some of the ingredients provided in the supplied box, but the only ingredients in the beer must come from the box (aside from water, obviously). Acids (excluding acid malt) and salts may be used to adjust your water profile. Yeast nutrients may not be used.

6. Participants may only start brewing upon reception of the ingredients box (unless otherwise stated by the club Officers). The finished beer must be ready to serve on the day of the gala.

7. Participants are responsible for serving their own beer, either in bottles or on draft, at the appropriate temperature at the competition/awards event. Sharing jockey boxes with multiple taps is permitted as long as each beer is clearly identified. Dextrose, corn sugar, table sugar, carbonation drops are permitted for bottling – if in doubt contact us.

8. Fermentation and conditioning MUST be in stainless steel, plastic, or glass. No wood/barrel aging is permitted.

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