We're searching for the UK's greatest undiscovered brewing talent.

There's a £5000 cash prize for the winner

and their beer brewed commercially with the incredible Dark Star Brewing Co

The Awards

On Saturday 31st of January 2015 we will be hosting an evening of celebrations at The Craft Beer Co., Clerkenwell. The winner of The Home Brew Awards 2015 will be announced as well as those who have been highly commended by the judges. Join us for fantastic night of good beer and the opportunity to meet other home brewers from all over the country.

The grand champion will be taking home an incredible £5,000 cash prize, the honour of having their winning beer brewed on a commercial scale with Dark Star Brewing Co. and the knowledge that they are the greatest home brewer in the UK!

The Judges

The judging panel is formed of carefully selected beer experts including award winning author and beer writer Pete Brown.

Our panel of judges will be seeking to unearth a genuine brewing talent who shares our passion and dedication to great beer.

Brewing Map

To encourage one another, we'll be posting entries to a map so you'll be able to see what is being brewed and where. We're hoping the map will fill up from entries across the country.

For entries that don't want to be on the map, you'll be able to opt out as you apply.


The competition is open to home brewers of any level with any and every style of beer welcome to be entered. Each entry costs £15.

You're welcome to enter into any category you see fit however you may also use the very general categories to the right!

Entries are now closed

You'll need to send us your beer between the 7th December and 7th January and you can post them to us at: Home Brew Awards, 6 Charlwood Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 2EE. Please send us three bottles no bigger than 500ml of each entry - even if your brew is tasty and you think we'd like more to drink!

Beer Categories

A beer that is made of predominantly pale malt, usually lighter in colour, displaying the characteristics of hops. Beers that fit into this category are: IPA, Double IPA, Pale Ales, Best Bitters, English Golden Ales, Mild, Black IPA and Trippel.

Rich in body and full flavoured. Examples of this style are: Belgian Dubbels, Quadruples, Smoked Beer, Red Ale and Barley Wine.

Any beer using lager yeast or that is cold fermented. Examples of this style are: Helles, Pilsner, Dunkel, Marzen, California Common and also Kolsch.

Dark, rich fruity or roasted. Examples of this style are: Coffee Porter, Baltic Porter, Breakfast Stout and Oatmeal Stout.

Spontaneously fermented or made by inoculating with wild bacteria and yeast. Examples of this style are: Lambic, Berlinner Weisse, Lichtenheiner and Gose.

Fruity, smoky or beers made with adjuncts. Examples of this style are: Kriek, Fruit Porters, Saison and any other zany beer varities.

Beers brewed with a huge wheat bill. Examples of this style are: Hefe Weizen Belgian Wit and Dunkle Weisse.