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Thanks to all who participated in the Scottish National Homebrew Competition 2023.

There were 201 entries judged and 189 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show – Beer

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
1stMarc HannewaldVermilion 34C: Experimental BeerNorwich Amateur Brewers
2ndSean O'TooleTart Tart28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour BeerMidlands Craft Brewers
3rdJens KerklingBergkamens International Pale Lager2A: International Pale LagerCraft Beer Engineers E.V.
HMGordon NicolThe Saison25B: SaisonScottish Craft Brewers

Best Overall Brewer (110 Participating Brewers)

1stDavid Mutch2006.02
Paddy Fowler2006.02 Scottish Craft Brewers
3rdJens Kerkling1105.02 Craft Beer Engineers E.V.
Øystein Borud1105.02

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

Best Club (23 Participating Clubs)

1stScottish Craft Brewers33116.07
2ndLondon Amateur Brewers12310.06
3rdHomebrew Collab (Bristol)3009.03

Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value.

Winning Entries

Table 1: 1. International Pale & Wheat Beers (8 entries)

1stJens KerklingBergkamens International Pale Lager2A: International Pale LagerCraft Beer Engineers E.V.
2ndJens KerklingPour Down Cream Ale1C: Cream AleCraft Beer Engineers E.V.
3rdLaura BraidGive A Hoot10C: Weizenbock

Table 2: 2. Czech Lagers & Helles (10 entries)

1stPaddy FowlerAlmostiner Lagerbier Hell4A: Munich HellesScottish Craft Brewers
2ndJames CollinPale & Interesting4A: Munich HellesScottish Craft Brewers
3rdGeorge McilroyWalking On The Autobahn4A: Munich HellesAberdeen Homebrew Club

Table 3: 3. Pale & Amber European Bitter Beers (11 entries)

1stPaul Willis
Co-Brewer: Ed Bevan
Toffee Finger7A: Vienna LagerHomebrew Collab (Bristol)
2ndWill HiscocksRed Sky At Night7B: Altbier
3rdRainer GoertzDaily Pils5D: German Pils

Table 4: 4. Dark & Strong European Beer & Lagers (11 entries)

1stØystein BorudThe Musketeer Oath9C: Baltic Porter
2ndRichie WalshLeann Dubh Baltach9C: Baltic PorterScottish Craft Brewers
3rdLee ImminsImmolator9A: Doppelbock London Amateur Brewers
HMInnes CrawfordDunkelven 8A: Munich DunkelAberdeen Homebrew Club

Table 5: 5. British Bitters (11 entries)

1stDavid MutchRoastytoasty 11B: Best Bitter
2ndSteve PlamptonBs Clone11C: Strong BitterAnglian Craft Brewers
3rdPaul CushingMaster Of The House11B: Best Bitter

Table 6: 6. Pale Commonwealth Beer (11 entries)

1stDavid Mutch
Co-Brewer: Rhona Henderson
Beginners Luck12A: British Golden Ale
2ndSteven ThompsonRadical Jack IPA12C: English IPA
3rdJohn StewartSteaming Harlequin12C: English IPAAberdeen Homebrew Club

Table 7: 7. Malt Forward British Beers (8 entries)

1stPaddy FowlerSteel Is Heavier Than Feathers14B: Scottish HeavyScottish Craft Brewers
2ndJohn StewartSteaming Heavy17A: British Strong AleAberdeen Homebrew Club
3rdGeorge McilroyShilling For Your Thoughts14B: Scottish HeavyAberdeen Homebrew Club

Table 8: 8. British & Irish Porter & Stout (12 entries)

1stDavid BrysonDark Pheonix15B: Irish Stout
2ndRussell SimImitation Of Life13C: English PorterAberdeen Homebrew Club
3rdKeith Bailey1909 Porter13C: English PorterNorwich Amateur Brewers

Table 9: 9. Old Ales & Barley Wines (11 entries)

1stBojan Grdinic
Co-Brewer: Tapiri
Ye Olde Tapir17B: Old Ale
2ndØystein BorudAncient Bëor17B: Old Ale
3rdRichard JonesBarley Mow17D: English Barley WineBristol Craft Brewers
HMJames PettiforConestoga22C: American BarleywineAnglian Craft Brewers

Table 10: 10. American Pale Ale (12 entries)

1stEmil Fuerstenberg Haegg
Co-Brewer: Catherine Boag
American Pale Ale18B: American Pale Ale
2ndPaul CushingPiece By Piece 18B: American Pale Ale
3rdMark HopkinsCrazy Horse18B: American Pale AleLondon Amateur Brewers

Table 11: 11. American Amber, Brown, Porter & Stout (14 entries)

1stKieren HuddyChinook Porter20A: American Porter
2ndBrian ScallyBs Impy20C: Imperial StoutDundee Homebrew Club
3rdMiro PivčevićCrvena Pustolovica19B: California Common
HMThomas CorryBrown October19C: American Brown Ale

Table 12: 12. American IPAs (10 entries)

1stJohn WatsonThe Hop Pig21A: American IPA
2ndLes ManleyButterfly Effect22A: Double IPALondon Amateur Brewers
3rdMartin Taylor
Co-Brewer: Charlie Griffiths
Simcoe Simpatico 21A: American IPA

Table 13: 13. American Hazy & Speciality IPAs (10 entries)

1stSam Thakker-JonesVirtual Aerobics21C: Hazy IPAHomebrew Collab (Bristol)
2ndOliver DunnBlack Endeavour 21B2: Black IPA
3rdJames Muir7 Going On 7021C: Hazy IPA

Table 14: 14. Strong Belgian & Monastic Ale (14 entries)

1stGordon NicolThe Saison25B: Saison Scottish Craft Brewers
2ndAled MurphySpecies 13625B: Saison Scottish Craft Brewers
3rdJohn LivingstoneBelgian Single26A: Belgian SingleScottish Craft Brewers

Table 15: 15. Sour & Wild Ales (7 entries)

1stSean O'TooleTart Tart28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer Midlands Craft Brewers
2ndMark SandersonCheckpoint Charlie23A: Berliner WeisseLondon Amateur Brewers
3rdSam JonesKiwi Sour28B: Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer

Table 16: 16. Fruit Beer (8 entries)

1stKev WarnesPomander29B: Fruit and Spice Beer Anglian Craft Brewers
2ndDaren Fearon
Co-Brewer: Aaron Smith
That'll Do Pig29C: Specialty Fruit Beer Reading Amateur Brewers
3rdKeith MacaulayKm229A: Fruit Beer

Table 17: 17. Smoked & Spiced Ales (11 entries)

1stRob IafratiBreakfast Stout 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Homebrew Collab (Bristol)
2ndJames PettiforKing Of The Road32B: Specialty Smoked Beer Anglian Craft Brewers
3rdNick DavisFeu De Noel30C: Winter Seasonal Beer Anglian Craft Brewers
HMInnes CrawfordSmooth Ginger30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Aberdeen Homebrew Club

Table 18: 18. Historic, Alternative & Wood Aged Beers (13 entries)

1stLee ImminsOaked Black Barley Wine33A: Wood-Aged Beer London Amateur Brewers
2ndJudson TattersallKellerbier27A1: Kellerbier Tap Select Homebrew Club
3rdJoe HickeyBob Ryeder On The Storm31A: Alternative Grain Beer London Amateur Brewers
HMKevin Surridge-DinesRyeto Guvna31A: Alternative Grain Beer Anglian Craft Brewers

Table 19: 19. Speciality, Mixed & Local Styles (9 entries)

1stMarc HannewaldVermilion 34C: Experimental Beer Norwich Amateur Brewers
2ndChris Burrows
Co-Brewer: Marissa Truglio
Gold Leaf RobinLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerReading Amateur Brewers
3rdJoon ChungThe Cold Wave34B: Mixed-Style Beer Beer Boars