BABBs mini-competitions are run six times a year at our regular meetings, and they are great fun!

We judge entrants at communal tables together with the guidance of more experienced judges. The mini-comps are more about getting unbiased feedback on your brew, and learning about beer evaluation than winning.

Each mini-comp has a limited theme or style category such as IPA, Belgian, or Wheat Beers. Members find that this is great for pushing them out of their comfort zone, and encouraging them to brew new styles. Mini-comp style guidelines are set by the committee each year, and published with our calendar of events in the November newsletter for the following year.

Mini Comp Calendar


Information for Entrants

Members and non-members alike may participate in the mini-comps, non-members cannot win places and prizes but receive unbiased feedback about their beer. Simply bring your beer along, and fill out an entry form on the night.

Mini-comp entries must be entered according to the designated mini-comp style guidelines – see below. Those entered out of style will be judged accordingly.

Members can ender more than one beer, but must nominate ONE beer to contribute towards scoring. Additional beers will be feedback only.


The Ernie Melville Memorial Trophy

Named after our founder, this award is for the Most Consistent Brewer of the year. Club members can win prizes for placing in each mini-comp, and go in to the running to win the coveted Ernie Melville Memorial Trophy for overall performance throughout the year.

The Most Consistent Brewer award is now calculated as follows: The top six places in each mini-comp get points toward the award. Six points for first place, five points for second, and so on till one point for sixth place. The brewer with the highest points at the end of the year wins.

The mini-competitions are run by our chief steward, assisted by the committee. Their decision on competitions matters is final.

Mini Comp Style Guide 2018

BABBS JANUARY: Lager Mini Comp
25th Jan

Categories being judged:
3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
4A Munich Helles
5D German Pils
6A Marzen
6B Rauchbier
7A Vienna Lager
8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier

BABBS FEBRUARY: Session Beer Mini Comp
22nd Feb

Categories being judged:
(must be less than 4.5% alc./vol)

11A Ordinary Bitter
13A Dark Mild
1A American Light Lager
23A Berliner Weisse
3A Czech Pale
27 Piwo Grodziskie (Historical)
5A German Leichtbier
14A Scottish Light
27 Lichtenhainer (Historical)

BABBS APRIL: Pale Ales Mini Comp
26th Apr

Categories being judged:
5B Kolsch
11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter
12A British Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale
18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale

BABBS JUNE: Porters and Stout Mini Comp
28th Jun

Categories being judged:
13C English Porter
15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout
16D Foreign Extra Stout
20A American Porter
9C Baltic Porter
20C Imperial Stout

BABBS AUGUST: Belgian Mini Comp
23rd Aug*

Categories being judged:
25A Belgian Blonde
25B Saison
26B Belgian Dubbel
26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong
26A Trappist Single
24B Belgian Pale Ale
23B Flanders Red Ale

25th Oct

Categories being judged:
12C English IPA
21A American IPA
21B Black IPA
21B Red IPA
21B Rye IPA
21B White IPA
22A Double IPA
29C Specialty Fruit IPA

Refer to the BJCP 2015 guidelines for further details for each style:

*denotes month with five Thursdays.


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