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Thank you for your interest in the LAB Open 2024 organized by London Amateur Brewers, c/o Hammerton Brewery, Unit 8 & 9 Roman Way Industrial Estate, 149 Roman Way, London, N7 8XH.

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 LAB Open 2024!

There are 300 registered entries and 193 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 11:33, GMT, there are 0 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).

Rules

IMPORTANT NOTE - UPDATE - 29th January

Some participants have reporting issues with a CAPTCHA error (20th January) and with 403 registration errors (26-29th January) when attempting to register an account.  We believe these are now resolved. However if you experience issues registering please email Antony using the link in the competition organisers section of the site and report the issue and if possible a screenshot of the error. We will provide an opportunity for anyone experiencing and reporting this issue to Antony whilst entries are available to register once the problem is fixed. 

LAB Open 2024 is here!

The LAB Open Competition and Festival is a BJCP sanctioned competition where your homebrewed beers are assessed by qualified judges against current style guidelines.

Score sheets and written feedback are provided on each entry. Rosettes, certificates and prizes are awarded in each of 12 (or more) category groupings and for Best of Show places.

The beers are made available to sample and discuss with fellow competitors and friends in a festival-type setting on the afternoon of Sunday, May 19th from 1:30PM - providing a unique opportunity to sample hundreds of homebrews, arranged in their style groupings, with great and excellent examples of the styles flagged. A rare chance to compare your beers against others brewed to the same style, or just to explore the wide range of styles being made today.

This year the competition and festival will again take place at Hammerton Brewery, Islington, London. Registered competition brewers and staff (judges, stewards, organisers) will receive free entry to the festival. 

Beers will be assessed against BJCP Style Guidelines 2021 available via this link. 

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. 

Judging Sessions

Unboxing and Sorting Session
Thursday 16 May, 2024 09:00, BST

Friday Evening Session
Friday 17 May, 2024 17:30, BST

Saturday Morning Judging
Saturday 18 May, 2024 09:00, BST

Saturday Afternoon Judging
Saturday 18 May, 2024 14:00, BST

Sunday Morning Judging
Sunday 19 May, 2024 09:00, BST

Festival Set-up Session
Sunday 19 May, 2024 09:30, BST

Festival Staff Volunteers
Sunday 19 May, 2024 13:00, BST

Festival Clear Up
Sunday 19 May, 2024 18:00, BST

Competition Officials

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

  • Antony Hawkerr — Competition Organiser
  • Paul Spearman — Head Steward
  • Bd T — Partnerships Directors
  • James Wilson — Head Judge

Sponsors

London Amateur Brewers is proud to have the following sponsors for the LAB Open 2024.

Hammerton Brewery
N7, London, UK
Hammerton Brewery
Proudly brewing great beer in London N7. Hammerton Brewery have been hosting LAB Open since 2022.
London Amateur Brewers
London
London Amateur Brewers
London Amateur Brewers are an enthusiastic and informal group of home-brewers from London and the Home Counties who meet regularly (in-person and online) to share their skills, knowledge (and beer), to widen their appreciation of the world’s finest drink, and improve the beer they make themselves.
The Malt Miller
Swindon, UK
The Malt Miller
Set up in 2010 by Robert Neale, The Malt Miller focus on supplying the highest quality fresh ingredients to the home brewer and micro-breweries. All ingredients are treated with the respect they deserve, with freshness in mind. Malt and other grains are milled to order on the day they are being shipped and stock is on hand form all the major maltsters in the UK and key European maltsters. Hops are all stored cold and packed in nitrogen flushed, light and heat resistant bags. Yeast is cold stored and shipped with ice packs to ensure viability for the brewer at home. In addition to this, the team at The Malt Miller focus on education and sharing knowledge to the thriving home brew community. This is achieved through various ways such as their skilled customer service team, an on-site brew school and YouTube Channel.