Cream City Homebrew Competition


The Cream City Homebrew Competition is a Best of Show-style competition put on by Gathering Place Brewing Company and Spike Brewing to showcase the talents of the Metro Milwaukee homebrewing community.

The competition features an initial round of judging which will determine 10 finalists who will then serve a case of their beer to the public at an event on Saturday, April 27th from 12-4pm.

A panel of celebrity beer judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place beers plus an award for crowd favorite. The winning recipe will be commercially brewed and served at Gathering Place Brewing. Other prizes include gift certificates for Spike Brewing, Gathering Place, and local homebrew shops.

The Details

  • The competition is free and open to all amateur homebrewers aged 21+.

  • All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

  • Open to all beer styles. Brewers will be asked to specify a BCJP style when registering. Judges will use style as a guideline and will group entries into similar styles for the initial round.

  • The competition will be limited to 200 entries. Each brewer may submit up to 2 entries.

  • Entrants will submit two 12oz bottles (or one 22oz bottle) of beer for the first round. Bottles should have no labels and caps should be blacked out. Bottle labels should be attached with a rubber band.

  • 10 chosen finalists will provide a case (24 12oz bottles, 12 22oz bottles, 2.25 gal in a keg) of selected beer for public consumption at the finals on April 27th from 12-4pm.

  • Recipes are not required to submit a beer but please note any special ingredients.

  • The Best of Show winner will provide their recipe to Gathering Place Brewing Company, who reserves the right to adjust the recipe. Beer brewed by the Gathering Place Brewing Company remains property of the Gathering Place Brewing Company.

April 12th: Registration closes and bottles must be received or dropped off by close of business
April 16th: First round judging
April 17th: Entrants will be notified of the first round results
April 27th: Final round showcase and awards ceremony at Gathering Place Brewing - 12-4pm

1st Place: Brewday with Gathering Place staff and beer release party at the Gathering Place taproom
2nd Place: $50 Spike Brewing gift card, $50 Gathering Place gift card
3rd Place: $25 Gathering Place gift card
Crowd Fav: $25 Gathering Place gift card

Drop Off Locations
Northern Brewer - Milwaukee
1306 S. 108th St., West Allis, WI 53214
(414) 935-4099

Gathering Place Brewing Company
811 E Vienna Ave, Milwaukee WI 53212

Shipping Info
Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from April 1-12th. Ship entries to:

Gathering Place Brewing Company
Cream City Homebrew Competition
811 E Vienna Ave, Milwaukee WI 53212

Gathering Place Brewing is not responsible for entries that are lost or damaged in transit. Please note that it is illegal to ship entries via the US Postal Service (USPS).