Christopher Needelman Memorial IronAler 2023

Another great announcement this week: the MontreAlers Homebrew Club announces the Christopher Needelman Memorial IronAler 2023 competition, which will take place on February 4, 2023.

Twenty teams of up to 4 brewers (all must be MontreAlers members in good standing – click here to become a member) will compete to showcase their beer brewed from a mystery box of ingredients given to them at the end of November. Details of the rules can be found here.

Beers will be judged by a panel of homebrewers and experienced judges.

So get your team ready! And watch the forum: registration will open this Sunday, November 13, at 7:00 am.


Officers of the Club


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 20 litres 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 from our generous sponsors!





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Without great sponsors this competition would not exist. We would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity! This year we have the biggest mystery box yet!


Innomalt – Traditional Pilsner4 kg
Canada Malting 6-Row4 kg
Briess Golden Light DME1 kg
Innomalt Red Wheat2 kg
Innomalt M21 kg
Malt Broue Malted Rye1 kg
Maltraiteur Série – Le Tourailleur1 kg
OiO Toasted Rice Flake1 kg
Bastien Cascade100 g
Bastien Centennial100 g
Bastien Chinook100 g
Bastien Crystal100 g
Bastien Glacier100 g
Bastien Triple Perle100 g
Hoppy Mandarina Bavaria4 oz
Hoppy Kohatu4 oz
Hops Connect Amarillo T45100 g
Hops Connect Sasquatch100 g
Fermentis Safale K-9711.5 g
Lallemand LalBrew Farmhouse11.5 g
Lallemand WildBrew Philly Sour7.5 g
Lallemand LalBrew Voss7.5 g


It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the Christopher Needelman Memorial IronAler 2023.

Judges Vote

1st Place: Notre Dame de Brasse

2nd Place: Brettanomyces & Friends

3rd Place: Les Quatre Éléments

Public Vote – Best of show

1st Place: Designated Initial Xperience

2nd Place: Team Équipe

3rd Place: Les Quatre Éléments

Public Vote – Best team name

1st Place: GodzillAle

2nd Place: Notre Dame de Brasse

3rd Place: What We Brew in the Shadows

Public Vote – Best beer name

1st Place: Underdogs Brewers

2nd Place: Les Quatre Éléments

3rd Place: Notre Dame de Brasse