Thank you for your interest in the Black Friday Homebrew Competition organized by London Amateur Brewers, UBrew, Bermondsey, London.

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.

Thanks and Good Luck To All Who Entered the Black Friday Homebrew Competition!

There are 104 registered entries and 143 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 22:58, there are 104 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).


The Black Friday Homebrewing Competition is a BCJP sanctioned competition where your darkest beers are assessed by qualified judges against current  BJCP 2015 style guidelines. Score sheets and written feedback will be provided for each entry. Certificates and prizes  are awarded for Best of Show places.

The competition is open to all beers which are  black in colour - those intended to be in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines - Schwarzbier, Porters, Stouts, Black IPAs etc and any other black beer you have made in some categories we've made up.

After judging, remaining portions of the entries will be available for sampling on the evening of Black Friday, (24th November) at UBrew. UBrew will also have exciting commercial examples available for purchase on the night also. Entrants may bring further examples of their entries to share on the night.


It promises to be a great night where you can sample homebrew and commercial beers, learn from some experts and take home some malt and/or hops. What's not to like? It's better than shopping, we guarantee.

Style Guidelines & Eligibility

Entries will be assessed against the BJCP Style Guidelines 2015 available via this link (PDF).

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. 


UBREW, Bermondsey, London


Friday 24th November 2017

  • Open to entrants/friends from 6PM for purchase of commercial examples.
  • Best of Show judging session - 7-8PM. Entrants homebrew samples available as soon as judging is complete.
  • Talk / Awards Ceremony - from 8PM
  • General moaning about shopping and drinking more beer - 10PM+

Important Deadlines

  • Register online and pay for all entries - no later than 31st October 2017.
  • Delivery of entries to UBrew in person or by delivery service -  to arrive no earlier than 1st November 2016 and no later than Sun 19th November 2017 5PM.

UBrew Opening Times :

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 12-7pm

Wednesday: 12-7pm

Thursday: 12-11pm

Friday: 12-11pm

Saturday: 12-7pm

Sunday: 12-7pm

Entry Cost & Essentials

Entry fee is £6 (plus any PayPal handling fees) per entry.

PayPal handling fees are beyond our control. Paying for multiple entries in the same transaction may be cheaper than many individual transactions.

Competitors are encouraged to come along to the event, sample the entries and share your beers with your friends and fellow competitors.

How to Enter

  1. Register yourself on this site via the Home page, 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. For help selecting a category see the BJCP Style Guidelines 2015.  The Judges and organisers will not reclassify entries so please choose styles carefully. E-mail the Competition Organiser if you need guidance.  Last date for registration/entries/payment is 30th October.
  2. Label each of your beers as per the Bottle Acceptance Rules in the Entry Info page of this site.
  3. Package your entries and then drop off or ship your entry to the drop off location of your choice.
  4. Drop at, or ship to, the designated site(s) to arrive NO EARLIER than the 1st November 2017 and NO LATER than Sun 19th November 2017 5PM.
  5. Come along in person on Friday 24th November 2017 from 6pm to sample beers with your competitors and friends. 

Style and Award Categories

Styles will be grouped together to form judging flights of similar styles or strengths of beers and to form roughly equal numbers within each category where possible. 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. 

The 1st place entry in each grouping will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round and receive a £10 voucher for use at Brew UK.


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.



In the first instance contact the Competition Organiser, Lee Immins, at

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Judging Locations and Dates

29 Old Jamaica Business Estate, 24 Old Jamaica Rd, London SE16 4AW
Monday 20 November, 2017 at 18:00, GMT

Competition Officials

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

  • Lee Immins — Competition Organiser
  • James Wilson — Competition Organiser


London Amateur Brewers is proud to have the following sponsors for the Black Friday Homebrew Competition.

London Amateur Brewers
UBrew, Bermondsey, London
London Amateur Brewers
We are an enthusiastic and informal group of home-brewers from London and the Home Counties who meet to share their skills, knowledge (and beer), to widen their appreciation of the world’s finest drink, and improve the beer they make themselves. If you’re a beginner interested in getting into homebrewing or an experienced brewer looking to improve your beers, come along… We meet at 6pm on the first Monday of every month, at The Bottle Shop, Druid Lane, London SE1 2HH. Our meetings cater for a wide range of ages, and all levels of experience – from beginners looking to learn through to experts honing their technique. We are affiliated to the Craft Brewing Association, the only UK home-brewing organisation recognised by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
Bermondsey, London
UBREW is an open brewery. Simply put, that means you join as a member, turn up, and brew your own beers with our professional equipment and a community of like-minded beer lovers.
Mix Brewery
Hemel Hempstead
Mix Brewery
Mix Brewery is probably the smallest commercial brewery in Hertfordshire. We offer an ever-changing range of ales and continental beers to satisfy the ever-widening palette of the beer drinker. While we mainly produce bottle conditioned beers we can also supply in both cask for ales, and keg for the Belgian and German styles. Our small brew length allows us to even brew to order for a special occasion. We have two cask ales at the St Albans Festival this year for you to try. Strong London Porter - 5.7% American Amber Ale - 5.2%
Brew UK
Salisbury and Online
Brew UK
BrewUK was founded in 2008 by husband and wife team, Greg and Tanya Hughes. Created from a passion for beer and wine making and a drive to help others create, Brewuk's mission has always been simple - to provide the best product range, competitive pricing, backed up with fast despatch and excellent aftersales support.