Windsor Homebrew IPA Competition - Spring 2021

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Ss Brewtech to host our own homebrew competition! For this competition, all participants will be brewing a scaled-down clone recipe of Beachwood Brewing Amalgamator West Coast IPA. We have always wanted to do a competition where all the participants brewed the same recipe so I figured why not make the recipe one of our favorite local year round IPA's. We feel this recipe is really close to the original and we try and always have Amalgamator in stock if you want to try the beer you are aiming to make. Entering our competition with this unique format will give everyone an even playing field, so we can truly see who the best homebrewer in OC is! We will have a 5 gallon Amalgamator clone recipe for both All Grain and Extract at both shops.

As of today (Saturday, May 8th), you can go into either of our locations and tell the friendly staff that you would like to enter the competition and they will get you your ingredients for the recipe, and give you an entry form to fill out. There is no entry fee, all you have to do is come in to either shop to get your recipe, and you will get a 10% discount on the batch just for entering the competition. Once that entry form is filled out, we will assign you an ID# that you will use when dropping off your bottles to be judged. We will require 2x 12oz bottles for judging. After the drop-off window has ended, the entries will be judged by a panel of BJCP Certified judges, as well as local professional brewers. And Ss Brewtech has some amazing prizes lined up for the winners!

1st Place will receive Ss Brewtech 7gal Unitank (MSRP $950)

2nd Place will receive Ss Brewtech 7gal Brew Bucket (MSRP $200)

3rd Place will receive Windsor Homebrew Gift Certificate for $50

Honorable Mention will receive a Windsor Homebrew Gift Certificate for $25

Important Dates:

Recipe Pickup Starts: Saturday, May 8th

Drop-off Period Begins: Monday, June 14th

Drop-off Period Ends: Friday, June 25th

Judging: June 26th-27th 

If you have any questions, you can ask any of our staff and they will be happy to help.


Also, we have started doing our brewing classes again! Space is limited. We will be doing the classes while the shop is closed so we can space everyone out and be fully socially distanced.

Beginner Classes

These classes will be using the Brew in a Bag method and will be perfect for folks looking to get into the hobby and also those wanting to learn how to brew with grain. 

We will brew a batch as a class and go over all the steps and techniques for the brew day. We will also go over the ingredients used and additional ingredients that can be used and how to use them.  These classes are fun and educational. You can sign up for future classes by purchasing a ticket below.

Advanced Classes

Our advanced classes are a great way to continue your brewing education! These classes will be held in our Costa Mesa location roughly twice a month and will go more in depth about brewing, fermenting, packaging, and other topics like recipe design and yeast handling.

Like the beginners class, there will be a hands-on component of the class that can include things like brewing a beer or packaging a fermented beer into bottles and/or kegs. If you would like to learn more, click on the Advanced Class item below to see a full class breakdown.

We will be offering classes at both shops. You must sign up ahead of time to guarantee your spot in the class. Sign up below, call, email or come in to either shop to sign up. 

Costa Mesa 714-668-9850  //

Anaheim 714-666-8727   //