Half Pints Pro/Am Challenge


Winnipeg Brew Bombers Present:
The Half Pints Pro/Am Brew Challenge

BJCPScoreSheetThe Winnipeg Brew Bombers and Half Pints Brewing Company are pleased to present Manitoba’s first, BJCP/AHA sanctioned, Annual Pro/Am beer competition. This event is a  friendly competition between professional and amateur brewers in the name of craft beer.

Amateur and Professional Brewers are invited to send their finest crafted beer to the competition to be judged by professional, certified BJCP judges.

Along with first, second and third professional winners, and gold, silver and bronze amateur winners, a Professional or Amateur will be named winner for each category. At the end of the competition, Best of Show winners will be announced and an overall winner will be named.

Will the Professional brewers triumph over the Amateurs? Can the home brewers pull off an upset?

The Best of Show Winner gets to brew 1,000 litres of the winning batch at the Half Pints Brewery. This special release will be available at the brewery and on tap at select pubs in Winnipeg. (Travel costs are not included.)

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Public Events

Judges’ Pub Night – Thursday, November 28 – Yellow Dog Tavern

Brewer’s Beer Dinner – Friday, November 29 – Mise Restaurant

Awards Ceremony – Saturday, November 30 – Location to be announced

Competition Judging Dates

November 28 – 30, 2013 (this is a closed, private event)

Competition Registration

Online registration will be available at the end of September. Check back here for the entry registration link.


All 23 BJCP categories will be accepted. Mead and Cider/Perry categories 24-28 will be accepted and will be judged by professional wine & mead judges. Complete competition details will be posted shortly but  entries will be due November 22nd, 2013 and we will be requesting two 355ml to 500ml bottles for each entry.  Fees will be $8 for each entry for amateur brewers and $15 for professional brewers.


Made possible by generous support of our title sponsor, Half Pints Brewing Company


And with the help of great business like:

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hpbrewchallenge (at) winnipegbrewbombers.ca

We need volunteers for many different jobs:

  • Judges (Professional Brewers or BJCP certified)
  • Stewards
  • Organizers
  • Administration

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10 Responses to Half Pints Pro/Am Challenge

  1. Eric says:

    I’m interested in entering a beer or two, but I’m definitely an amateur. Will the judges give feedback on possibilities for improving beers (or at least, what they see as defects), or will we just receive scores?

    • brewpres says:

      We will absolutely give you as much feedback as possible. We are getting many certified judges into Winnipeg to participate in our competition. The head judge has been to many competitions and he definitely sees the benefit of giving well thought out feedback. He will stress that to all the judges.
      Good luck in the competition.

  2. Ben says:

    Just wondering when the online registration will be ready?

  3. LovesMustard says:

    Hey Folks,
    Are you pretty strict about the 350 – 500 ml bottle sizes?
    Would 650 ml bombers be out of the question? I usually keg my beer but bottle 6 or 8 bottles from the batch and I find it easier to measure the sugar/CO2 volumes if I use bigger bottles.


    • brewpres says:

      We can accept 650ml bottles. The problem with bigger bottles, is that it’s harder to store them in the fridge.

  4. Angelle says:

    Hello, I also make wine and other brews that are not necessarily considered beer. What are the guidelines for what I can submit?

  5. Peter Friesen says:

    Is this competion open to all Canadian homebrewers?

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