Backyard Brewing Tournament Returns

Margaret River Brewhouse is excited to be hosting the annual and iconic Backyard Brewing Tournament in 2022, now in its 7th reiteration. This year’s competition will be the biggest one yet, so fire up your brew kettles and get creative for this epic brewing battle!
James Kossen, 2021 BYBT Winner with Nico Brau - German Pilsner

This year, homebrewers from across the state will have their beers judged by an all-star panel of industry experts and legends including Margaret River Brewhouse’s own brewing cohort Caitlin Ellis and Joe Grieg, Artisans famed owner and brewer Brian Fitzgerald, WA brewing icon Jeremy Good - Cowaramup Brewery, Reuben Herriman – Senior Brewer with Running with Thieves, and beer journalist Jono Outred. Our panel will determine whose brew is the best in the west, with the winner receiving a swag of epic prizes that includes having their beer brewed at Brewhouse and served on tap, as well as state wide distribution in cans.

“Our Backyard Brewing tournament is a community event, banding together brewers from across the region and further afar to share their passion and craft their own beer. For competitors, we hope this competition helps to promote you and best of all get you brewing with like-minded people!” explains Margaret River Brewhouse owner Iliya Hastings.

Entries to the Backyard Brewing Competition are now open and more details can be found at

The tournament culminates in a sell-out Awards Night which celebrates and recognises all the brewers who entered, with all tournament winners announced and receiving their medals. Former competition winner Scot Butson, who now owns and runs Mallokup Malt, believes the awards night is as much a drawcard as the tournament itself.

"The highlight for me was definitely the awards night, Brewhouse put on an epic evening, where you get to meet the Margaret River Brewhouse crew and a chance to meet likeminded, passionate amateur brewers, sharing ideas, listening to the lengths and stories that they went to for their entries and tips for future styles that you may have not attempted to brew yet."

6 men standing together drinking beer
2021 Backyard Brewing Tournament Awards Night celebrations

The Backyard Brewing Tournament has inspired many past winners to pursue their brewing aspirations, including Scot, and Travis Moore of Phat Brewclub, which officially launched after winning the competition with their Phat Porter. 2016 winner and well-respected homebrewer Chris De Chaneet believes the competition is a great way for homebrewers to improve their homebrew.

“Entering your beer in the backyard brewing tournament is a great way to improve your homebrewing. It will force you learn about the style guidelines and how to design a recipe to Page conform to a style. If you are serious about making the best beer possible, entering a competition encourages you to critique your brewing process with the aim of improving quality and consistency. The feedback from judges can be useful to improve your homebrewing and if your beer is awarded a medal, you have bragging rights for years.”

For those thinking of entering, now is the time to get brewing and to start flexing your creative muscles, this is without a doubt one of WA’s most talked about homebrewing events.