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Brew Brighton: Brew Local is a celebration of natural, locally sourced ingredients. We aim to inspire brewers to learn more about their local producers, native fauna and microbes and their back garden vegetable patches. Your entries don't have to be local to Brighton, just local to where you brewed the beer.

Entries can be placed in one of 4 categories:

  • Locally Produced - a beer with a local, small scale ingredients added. Think farmer's market, or go direct to a farmer near you.
  • Locally Grown - a beer with ingredients that you've grown yourself added to the mix.
  • Locally Foraged - a beer with locally foraged ingredients. Please don't take any risks with plant identification, we don't want any poisoned judges!
  • Local Yeast - a beer fermented with yeast you've captured from the local environment.

Please include as much information about the ingredients, their source and the style as possible. We won't have the standard categories on the entry forms.

Feel free to add more than one local ingredient, just put the beer in the most appropriate category and include information about all ingredients.

Entries will be judged against the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone, worldwide. Competition Organizers, staff, judges and stewards may enter the competition. Measures are in place to ensure fair, anonymous, judging. Judges and stewards will not be assigned to categories that they have entered. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew-on-premise establishments, are not eligible. 

Sign up to the Facebook event, or follow the Homebrew Brighton group on Facebook or Twitter.


Saturday 27th October: Festival/awards day. 12-5pm. Bison Beer North Laine, 103 North Road, BN1 1YW . Beers on display for attendees to sample.

1st - 12th October: Entry drop off or postage window (Bison Beer North Laine, 103 North Road, BN1 1YW)

Friday 12th October: Entry Registration and payment deadline.

Monday 15th October: 6-9pm. Judging session.

Entry Cost

Cost of entering the competition is £4 per entry. We will require 2 x 500ml or 3 x 300ml bottles for entry.

The festival day will be free to attend. All samples will be free during the day.

Competitors are encouraged to come along and share your beers with your friends and fellow competitors.

The competitions are non-profit. Funds from the competition are used to run the competition itself, including food provision for volunteers at the event. A small amount may be used to support the training of judges (for example to purchase off-flavour kits). Everything else is fed back as prizes or used to pay for up-front costs for the next competition. All the organisers and judges volunteer their time freely to support the homebrewing community.

How to Enter and Important Deadlines

  1. Register yourself on this site via the Registration page.
  2. Enter your beer(s) into the correct category and pay the fee via PayPal using the My Info and Entries Info page of this site by 13:00, October 7 2018. Your entries must be named and categorised correctly by this date. No subsequent changes can be made, the system is locked down to allow for preparation for judging.

    Please indicate the style of beer in the comments section of your entry, BJCP code if you know it. The Judges and organisers will not reclassify entries after October 7, so please choose styles carefully. E-mail the Competition Organiser if you need guidance.
  3. Label each of your beers as per the Bottle Acceptance Rules in the Entry Info page of this site.
  4. Package your entries and then drop off or ship your entry to the drop off location of your choice between 1st-12th October.
  5. Come along in person on 27th October 2018 from 12pm to sample beers with your competitors and friends. 

Style and Award Categories

Styles will be grouped into beer categories/tables. Rosettes and prizes are awarded for the first 3 places in each category.

The winner of each category progresses to a Best of Show final. There are rosettes and prizes for the top 3 places in the Best of Show.

Styles will be grouped together to form judging flights. Beers will be judged against the style guideline under which it was entered. The best beers of each style category within the flight will be judged to obtain the winners of the flight. 


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

35A Wild Yeast Beer (Custom Style)36A Locally Foraged Beer (Custom Style)37A Locally Produced Beer (Custom Style)
38A Locally Grown Beer (Custom Style)39A Pale Local Beer (Custom Style)40A Foraged/Fruit Beer (Custom Style)
41A Wild/Funky/Sour Local Beer (Custom Style)42A Dark Local Beer (Custom Style) 


Judging Session Locations and Dates

Judging Session
Brighton, Bison Beer North Laine, 103 North Road, BN1 1YW
Monday 15 October, 2018 19:00, BST

Best of Show
Brighton, Bison Beer North Laine, 103 North Road, BN1 1YW
Saturday 27 October, 2018 12:00, BST



The festival/awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed. The entrants beers will be available for sampling during the festival.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.


Awards Ceremony

Bison Beer North Laine, 103 North Road, BN1 1YW
Saturday 27 October, 2018 12:00, BST