Submit your winter brew

Win prizes, including the holy grail of home brewing. 

1,000lt of your beer. Brewed, bottled, sold. With your name on every bottle.

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Submission Details


Submit your 'winter style' brew. We are not specifying the exact styles, it's up to you. But think of the kind of beer you want to drink in front of a roaring fireplace. You should use the BJCP Guide as your north star.



1. Complete your entry form and make payment above
2. Ensure you correctly label your entry submissions, including your beer style.
3. Get your entry submission to HopsAboard by the due date

4. Tell your friends



20th January Entries open at our Early Bird rate.

28th February Early Bird rate finishes

11th May DEADLINE: Homebrew entries must be received by HopsAboard before 4pm Friday 11th May

12th May Judging and winners announced at Craft & Co.



1st Prize: Brew your beer at scale (1,000lt). You will also receive $250 and our legendary HopsAboard trophy mug.

2nd Prize: Lots of in-kind goodies from our brewing partners



A)     Judges will be using the 2017 Brewers Association Style Guidelines, off course 

B)      Judging will be conducted as a blind tasting. 

C)    Judging will be overseen by our head brewer. Our panel of judges includes independent and experienced experts. You'll be in good hands

E)      Judges will be basing their scores upon the following criteria:

  • Aroma
  • Appearance
  • Flavor
  • Mouth feel
  • Characteristics of your nominated Beer Style


Entry Fees:

  1. Entry price as per our stores 'submit your home-brew' price
  2. Entry into the Home brewers competition also includes tickets to the HopsAwards where the winning beer is announced
  3. Fees are non refundable, but your entry ticket into HopsAwards is transferable if you are unable to attend

    Labeling Submissions:

    You must print off your receipt of purchase and a copy must accompany your submission.

    Each bottle submitted, MUST have a completed label. Please see the example below, and ensure that labels are securely attached. Please do not put your name on the labels, yet place your confirmation number from your receipt on the label. 

    Example label

    BOTTLE 1 of 2

    Style: Russian Imperial Stout

    Confirmation No. #0006


    Getting Submissions to HopsAboard:

    We require 2 long necks (750ml x 2) or the equivalent in stubby per style. Glass or Plastic Bottles are both accepted.

    All entries become property of HopsAboard. No entries will be returned.


    In person or delivery:


    Get directions

    4 Brunswick Place, Fitzroy VIC 3065

    Deadline – Homebrews can be dropped off to HopsAboard between 9am-­‐ 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please arrange your drop off time with alvaro - 0416 838 704 or alvaro@hopsaboard.com. Try email first



    You will be responsible for the freight costs if you choose to post your submission. Duh

    Damages in transits will be your responsibility, please ensure goods are well sealed and securely packaged. We'll let you know


    Intellectual property - Recipe

    If you are lucky enough to win the competition, HopsAboard is able to have full access to the winning homebrew recipe for large scale brewing. It's up to you if you want to release the recipe to the public, we are ok with it either way.