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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 206 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

As of 22:07, BST, there are 0 received and processed entries (this number will update as entries are picked up from drop-off locations and organized for judging).



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


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 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.
Brew Builder
Brew Builder
Brew Builder provides Home Brewers with a supply of quality and affordable equipment. We are able to custom build and supply pretty much all the equipment you will ever need to undertake, All Grain, Extract and BIAB brewing. Building from scratch and purchasing from source allows us to sell equipment direct to the customer. No middle men and no advertising helps us keep costs to a minimum and in turn pass on the savings!
Elusive Brewing
Finchampstead, Berkshire
Elusive Brewing
Elusive Brewing creates beer with one eye on tradition and the other on taking things to the next level. Founded by a London Amateur Brewers member who went on to win awards at national level, from our small brewery in Finchampstead, Berkshire we’d like to share our game with you. We love the West Coast and take inspiration from the hop loving breweries who pioneered the craft beer movement. We are an open and collaborative brewery who loves playing an active role in our local community. Insert coin to play.
Exale Brewing
Blackhorse Rd, Walthamstow + Bethnal Green
Exale Brewing
Exale's mission is to build community through music, dance, beer, food and good times. We've created an environment of inclusivity, fun, freedom, beer and music at the heart of the Blackhorse Beer Mile.
Southwark Brewing Company
London, SE1
Southwark Brewing Company
Modern recipes. Traditionally brewed. Southwark Brewing Company was founded in 2014 by Peter Jackson and lifelong friend Andy Nichol.
Windsor & Eton Brewery
Windsor & Eton Brewery
WEBREW remain a ‘beer led’ brewery making outstanding beers in all kinds of style and character. We offer a warm welcome to everyone from beer newcomer to expert, locals to visitors, the smallest club to the biggest pub and the local shop to the top supermarket. Windsor & Eton run a home brew club 'WEHomebrew', at the brewery, open to home brewers in the local area.
BarthHaas X
BarthHaas X
Everything you need from the world’s biggest supplier of hops and innovative hop products, delivered in a way that works best for the craft and smaller breweries of Europe. Stocked by The Malt Miller for UK Homebrewers.
Crossmyloof Brew
Crossmyloof Brew
Here at Crossmyloof Brew we keep it intimate. At the end of the day, we like to say thanks for your visit, ask how it’s going then put our feet up with a pint in hand... Happy Brewing!
Mash Paddle Brewery
92 Enid St, London SE16 3RA
Mash Paddle Brewery
Located in the heart of the Bermondsey Beer Mile, Mash Paddle Brewery is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a fantastic craft beer. Want more? We also teach you how to brew your own amazing beer! Mash Paddle Brewery is London’s only incubator for start-up brewers, where anyone can learn to Brew Great Beer in one of our classes.
Strabane, Northern Ireland
WHC Lab is a biotechnology business focused on fermentation within the beverage industry. Our R&D facility boasts best in class laboratory equipment, experts in the industry and uses next-generation methods to grow yeast, bacteria and to perform analysis.