3rd Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

3rd Annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition

Right Ladies and Gents here’s a nice little project for you to get your teeth stuck into over the winter months.  The 3rd annual Strong Island Home Brew competition will see you have a bash at brewing your own beer to be entered into a competition which will be judged by a panel of experts with the winner potentially having their brew/recipe brewed by Irving & Co. Brewers and made for distribution around pubs in the Portsmouth, Hampshire and West Sussex areas.  This is all providing you have what it takes to be a brewing master of course!  Who knows, we may even coax a beer brewing superstar out of the woodwork!

This year we are opting for a 2 categories again.  1st category will be the ale brew.  Whether you already are a home brewer or you really want to go to town and build your own micro brewery this is the category for you.  Designed to make no boundaries for the brewer, this category is made to really let the skills be shown of your home brewing talent.  Any kit and brewing process is allowed so go for your life.

The 2nd category will be the ‘Other’ category.  Lagers, Ginger Beers & Ciders for this one with same rules with the 1st category regards to unrestricted brewing rules.


The categories to which your final brew will be judged on are –


The judging panel will consist of Malcolm Irving from Irving & Co. Brewers in Portsmouth,  Stuart Ainsworth who is Landlord of the Leopold Tavern which is Portsmouth & South East Hampshire CAMRA pub of the year multi award winner, myself Ben Mills proprietor of LJRs and The Belle Isle and one other judge to be added for this year who will be chosen at a later date.

  • Any brew is welcome to enter be it Ale, Bitter, Ginger Beer, Cider, Lager etc. (Note the 2 different categories)
  • There are no limits on team numbers so you can enter as a solo brewer or as a team
  • Over 18′s only can enter the competition
  • Final entries are to be presented to the judges in bottles.  3 bottles are to be submitted to give a fair representation of your batch.
  • A list of all ingredients and a brief description of the brewing process MUST be submitted with your entry form on the night (for entrants of BOTH categories)

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as best in show.  Remember we won’t just be looking at the brew but also the presentation, name and label design of each entry and don’t forget the golden carrot if the winning brew’s up to scratch you could well see your recipe brewed up by Irving & Co. Brewers and distributed to pubs in and around Portsmouth as happened with previous years Strong Island Hopper and Dry Dock No.1 respectively.

The judging evening will be at Little Johnny Russells, Albert Road, Southsea in early March (we’ll announce a confirmed date in a few weeks).  Make sure your brew is ready for then along with all the requirements for entry.

Any questions or queries please email ben@strong-island.co.uk

We’ll post up further info as we go along but until then you can get brewing from now.  Get your friends or family involved, spread the word and good luck brewing!


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