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Rules

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Formerly named the London and South East Craft Brewing Competition, 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 13 (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 1PM - 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's competition and festival is being held at Fourpure Brewing Co, Bermondsey London.

Beers will be assessed against BJCP Style Guidelines 2015 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. 

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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.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA Argenta
PRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner

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Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 3

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Friday Evening Session (Finish unpacking and short judging session)
Friday 17 May, 2019 18:30, BST

Saturday Morning Judging
Saturday 18 May, 2019 09:00, BST

Saturday Afternoon Judging
Saturday 18 May, 2019 13:00, BST

Sunday Morning Judging
Sunday 19 May, 2019 09:00, BST

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Awards

The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed and will be the culmination our Festival, an extensive day of homebrew sampling, talks and demonstrations. Last year was a very enjoyable day, and we hope you can join us at Fourpure again for a celebration of UK homebrewing!

Prizes are yet to be decided, but places and rosettes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

First, Second and Third Best of Show will be announced and will receive a rosette and prizes.

Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

Scores will usually be put on the website within 24 hours of the results announcements.  Feedback sheets will be posted on the website after the competition and competitors notified. We aim to do this as fast as we can - within a couple of weeks if possible, but can take a few weeks if we have unexpected issues.

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Awards Ceremony

Fourpure Brewing Co
Bermondsey Trading Estate, 22 Rotherhithe New Road, London, SE16 3LL
Sunday 19 May, 2019 16:00, BST

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