Once again, the OBAs have been sanctioned by the BJCP and entries will be assessed by BJCP judges of varying rank designations. The judges are drawn from the same pool as those used by the Canadian Brewing Awards. Judges will be organized into tables of 2 or 3 judges and each table will be focused on specific styles and flights. Judging of each beer is based on the OBA style guideline.
We now have 36 categories and are continuing with:
Beer of the Year
Awarded to the beer/brewer that has been judged to be Best in Show
OBA Style Guide 2021
In order to be eligible to enter the Ontario Brewing Awards, you must be a majority Canadian-owned brewery with your head offices and main brewery facility located in the Province of Ontario.
- Go to entries.ontariobrewingawards.com to complete your entry form. Please ensure you complete the form based on how you want the company and brand names to appear on your award.
- Send six bottles/cans of each beer entered. Ensure all boxes are labelled with COMPANY NAME, PRODUCT NAME, and CATEGORY NAME. Companies submitting non-pasteurized products are encouraged to ship using overnight delivery (not for Saturday or Sunday delivery). The Ontario Brewing Awards will not accept beer in keg format. NOTE: We ask for multiple bottles/cans of your product for two reasons: First, to ensure that if your beer advances to further rounds, which often happen a day or two later, there are still fresh samples available for judging. Second, in the event that breakage or spillage occurs during shipping, we avoid the delay involved in you shipping replacement bottles or cans.
- It is your responsibility to ensure all beers are packed tightly in shipping boxes to avoid breakage. We strongly suggest you wrap each bottle securely in bubble wrap. All beers received will immediately be refrigerated and categorized for the competition. If entering more than one product, you may ship them together, however, please separate the samples by category within the package and label accordingly.
Online submission ends on October 31. Samples will be kept in proper refrigeration prior to judging. A brewery can only enter a total of 12 entries.
EACH ENTRY COSTS $100 + HST
Receiving open from November 1st - November 14th 2021
Please ship all packages to:
Attention: Ontario Brewery Awards
2390 Cawthra Road Unit 10
Submit Between: November 1st - November 14th 2021
*IMPORTANT: Please make sure that your package(s) are clearly marked "Ontario Brewing Awards".
HOW AWARDS ARE DETERMINED
The Ontario Brewing Awards are sanctioned by the BJCP. Judging will be based on adherence to published style guidelines. Consult the Style Guidelines on the Ontario Brewing Awards website to determine the appropriate category for each product submission.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze trophies will be awarded in each beer style category at the OBA Awards on December 2nd online.
Following the awards, brewers will receive full judging notes on each of their submissions.
Please note that categories with less than 5 entries may be eliminated or compressed into other categories. In the event that this happens, you will be contacted.