True Brewer

True Brewer

Our annual True Brewer Competition is a combined holiday homebrew exchange and internal homebrew competition that determines the holder of the True Brewer  title for the following year.

2019 Competition

The 2019 True Brewer will be determined using a ranked ballot (liked we used for People’s Choice last year). You will choose your first (3 points), second (2 points), and third (1 point) favourite beers out of what you tried, and based on the points acquired by each brewer by the end of the voting period, the title of True Brewer will be awarded.

There are two levels of participation – 12-bottle and 24-bottle. We do this to keep the competitions accessible to everyone. If you are participating at the 12-bottle level you will bring 12 bottles of the same homebrew to our November meeting, and will leave with 12 different bottles for you to sample. Same for 24. When you sample these beers we highly encourage posting comments, pictures, and constructive feedback on our forum (there will be a designated sub-forum for this). We also encourage posting of recipe details by the brewer (perhaps waiting for the comments to come in.


Jan. 1 2019 – Voting ballots released

Jan. 7 2020 – Voting deadline

Jan. 8 2020 – Winner announced (January Monthly Meeting)

2018 Competition

The 2018 Competition was won by Mike Hurst!


The 2018 competition had 2 levels of participation for the homebrew exchange portion: 12-way and 24-way. Registered participants will bring 12 or 24 bottles of their homebrew to our meet up, and will leave with 12 or 24 different homebrew in return, to enjoy through the month of December.

Participation in the competition aspect in 2018 was optional but encouraged. Participation in the competition required 2 extra (unmarked) bottles, which were judged in a BOS style competition by blind judges.

Constructive feedback, reviews, and recipe sharing of the exchanged beers is encouraged on our forum.

The due date for bottles was our November meeting (November 14th).

There was no cost, though you must have been a 2018 Full Member to participate. There are no limits to the number of participants.

2017 Competition

The 2017 True Brewer competition was won by Justin Angevaare!


The entries in this competition have few limitations, and the judges are the participating True Grist members.

Each participant in this competition must provide a bottle of their entry to each other participant (to a maximum of 24 bottles). Bottles will be collected at a TBD meeting time and location. These bottles must be unlabelled and unmarked, 30-50cl in size, and have only the identifying sticker provided by the organizers of the competition. Both the entries, and the judges are fully anonymized during the competition.

Judging criteria

Judges are asked to submit their ratings of each beer through the month of December. This is essentially a best of show competition. Beers will not be judged by how representative they are of any style. Judging criteria may vary year by year.

Selecting a winner

In January, each judges scores for each beer will be tabulated. The beer with the highest average score will identify our winning brewer. The winner will be presented with a hand made, custom engraved mash paddle, which they will possess and defend. Additionally the winner will have their membership dues waived.


The rulesets of the True Brewer competition are subject to change in the future, but it’s goal will always remain the same: encourage the best brewing from our members, and to identify, celebrate and award excellence.

The 2017 ruleset is as follows:

  • Submissions must be brewed in 2017
  • The beers must be primarily brewed by a self identified homebrewer
  • The entrant must be a True Grist member in good standing
  • The submission must be beer (no wine, cider, kombucha, etc.)
  • There are no beer style restrictions on submissions