CTBB Homebrew Competition

Homebrew Competition Info

Drop off Date/Time is: Deadline Friday May 26th 2017
Drop off locations is: The Commons Brewery – 630 SE Belmont St. Portland
Contact: Josh Grgas
We will accept entries in the following BJCP categories:


24A. Witbier — 24B. Belgian Pale Ale — 24C. Bière de Garde

25A. Belgian Blond Ale — 25B. Saison — 25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale

26A. Trappist Single — 26B. Belgian Dubbel — 26C. Belgian Tripel — 26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale

CTBB Yeast Strain – Beers made with Imperial Organic Yeast – B45 Gnome . Enter you beer in one of the 4 quadrants for Cheers to Belgian Beers which is based on color and strength. We have LIGHT or DARK in color & LOW or HIGH in alcohol. Amber is the midpoint for color, and 6% ABV is the midpoint for strength.

Drop off 3-12oz beers or 2-22oz beers. You can use the BJCP bottle ID form-download the form here

Beers will be judged in the 4 categories: 24. BELGIAN ALE, 25. STRONG BELGIAN ALE, 26. TRAPPIST ALE and Beers made with the CTBB Yeast Strain, Imperial Organic Yeast B45-Gnome . A winner from each category will be chosen, and from the 4 category winners a Best Of Show overall winner will be chosen.

Each category winner will win items from some of the following companies: the Oregon Brewers Guild, Baerlic Brewing, Gigantic Brewing and the Commons Brewery and Imperial Organic Yeast.

The overall (Best of Show) winner will: have the opportunity to brew a batch of their winning beer with Three Mugs Brewing.

Cost is $15 for first entry and $5 for each additional entry. The $15 entry fee will get you a glass and 4 drink tokens for the Cheers to Belgian Beers Fest and the $5 for each additional entry will get you an additional 4 drink tokens at the event.

Judging will take place on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

Cheers to Belgian Beers Yeast Strain – B45 Gnome
Gnome is the yeast for brewing Belgian inspired beers in a hurry. This strain is extremely flocculent and drops out of the beer quickly after fermentation. Gnome produces a peach and apricot esters and a phenolic character that goes well with hops and caramel and toffee malt flavors. Great for Belgian ales that need to be crystal clear without filtration.
Temp: 65-75F, 18-24C
Flocculation: Med-high
Attenuation: 72-76%

The Yeast Strain is available at the following locations:
-F.H. Steinbarts
-Bader Beer and Wine Supply
-Portland U. Brew & Pub
-Mainbrew Homebrew Supply
-The Homebrew Exchange

The Yeast will be ready for sale year round.

Pay online for 1st Entry


Pay online for Additional Entries


2016 Winners are as follows:

BOS with LIGHT/HIGH: Tom Thompson – Tripel
2nd Place LIGHT/HIGH: Michel Brown – Strong Blonde
3rd Place LIGHT/HIGH: Jim Thompson from OBC Belgian Blonde
4th Place LIGHT/LOW: Michel Brown – IPA

2015 Winners are as follows:

BOS with : Charles Macaluso from OBC with Siberian Express
LIGHT/LOW: Mihn Tran with Belgian Lawnmower
LIGHT/HIGH: Dean Ehnes from OBC with Belgian Golden Strong
DARK/LOW: Anthony Hertel with Le Browne

2014 Winners are as follows:

BOS with LIGHT/HIGH: Jeff van Baxtel and Alan Graham
LIGHT/LOW: Richie Marvin
DARK/LOW: Geoffrey Farnsworth
DARK/HIGH: Fred Laskey