Prague Homebrewing Competition 2018

Prague Homebrewing Competition 2018

Winners 2018


The results of each category are as follows:

Czech Lager (3A & 3B)
1. Milan Bez
2. Ondřej Palek
3. Jan Oppelt

Saison (25B)
1. Vítězslav Humpa
2. Vít Jirásek
3. Anna Moe

American Amber Ale (19A)
1. Miroslav Olejník
2. Damir Ban
3. Brett Ira

New England IPA (21B)
1. Karel Nečada
2. Milan Bez
3. Russell Wickwar

Imperial Stout (20C)
1. Peter Vaňo
2. Milan Lazan
3. Petr Slepánek



Best of Show
Karel Nečada - New England IPA

General Info


The annual Prague Homebrewing Competition will take place on Saturday March 24, 2018 in Prague at the Pivovarský dům restaurant..

The competition will be open to the following categories according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines:

1) Czech Pale & Premium Lagers (category 3A & 3B)
2) American Amber Ale (category 19A)
3) Saison (category 25B)
4) NEIPA (category 21B Specialty IPA)
5) Imperial Stout (category 20C)

Competition Rules


1) The competition will take place on March 24, 2018 in Prague, at the Pivovarský dům restaurant.

2) The competition is organized by a group of BJCP Judges in the Czech Republic and will be run strictly according to BJCP regulations.

3) The competition will be open to the following categories:

  • Czech Pale & Premium Lagers (category 3A & 3B)
  • American Amber Ale (category 19A)
  • Saison (category 25B)
  • NEIPA (category 21B Specialty IPA)
  • Imperial Stout (category 20C)

Entries will be judged according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. Czech translation of the guidelines is only for informational purposes. Any discrepancies will be judged based on the English original version.

4) The required entry size is a minimum of 1.5 liters or 3 bottles (minimum bottle size is 0.3 liters).
Recommended sample sizes are as follows:

  • 5x 0.3 liters
  • 3x 0.5 liters
  • 2x 0.75 liters

A larger sample quantity is recommended due to the possibility of sediment in smaller bottles, which can have a negative effect on the score, or cause differences in scoring between individual judges.
Bottles should not be marked with any labels or other identifying marks.

5) Samples can be registered and delivered on site on the day of the competition. Samples registered earlier (via the registration form on the competition website) can either be delivered in person on competition day or can be sent by post (balík do ruky) to:

Arnaud Effantin – CDO Prague
Plzeňská 54
252 19 Chrášťany

6) Entry fee is 80kc per sample if pre-registered, 100kc if registered on the day of the competition.

7) Each homebrewer may enter up to 5 samples – maximum of 2 per category.

8) The total maximum amount of entries to be allowed in the competition is 100 (all categories combined). Raising of this limit may be agreed on the day of the competition by the organizer.

9) Each competitor is responsible for the assignment of competition entries to the appropriate category.

10) Participation of professional brewers in the competition is allowed, as long as the entries were brewed on a home brewing system, and not in a professional brewery.

Judging of samples:

Judges will be grouped at judging tables. Each table will have a captain and 2-3 judges. The captain is responsible for determining the correct sequence of samples for each flight and recording the total scores for the table. Determining the sequence of samples is based on consensus of the judges at the table. From the preliminary round (of each table) one or more of the samples will proceed to the finals. It is also possible that for a given round, no samples will proceed to the finals. The winner of the final round for a category becomes the winner of that category. Tasting is blind and tasters are not informed about who provided the sample being evaluated.

Estimated timeline for competition day:
10:30 – 12:30 :: Collection of pre-registered samples
13:00 – (19:30-20:00) :: Judging of samples, Best of Category, Best of Show (estimated end time)
(19:30 – 20:00) :: Announcement of winners (estimated start time) - at Craft House Prague (Navrátilova 1421/11, Praha 1)
Dates and times may still shift slightly on competition day depending on the actual number of judges and samples received, but we will do our best to stick to this schedule.

Homebrew sharing and tasting can be done at Craft House (Navrátilova 1421/11, Praha 1), just a few hundred meters from Pivovarský dům. They’ve been nice enough to open a few hours early just for us at 3pm. We will have some tables reserved for PHC guests for sharing and tasting, but we also ask you to support the bar by trying out some of the great craft beers that they have on tap. We will also be announcing the competition winners there at 8pm.

So we encourage you to please show them some thanks by heading over to Craft House for bottle sharing and the announcement of the winners!

Rules are subject to change at the discretion of the competition organizers.

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