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QVxNF is back!  We are happy to announce QVxNF 4.0 -the fourth annual edition of this brewing contest collaboration.

For those of you joining us for the first time, QVxNF is a collab between brewers and artists. Quidi Vidi Brewery hosts a brewing competition and invites any Newfermenters member (Or team of members!) to design, brew, and submit a beer. QV partners up with local artists to design the cans, and a fresh 4-pack featuring the winners of QVxNF 4 will be released in January 2022 for everyone to enjoy.

Last year, Quidi Vidi produced a total of 320 hectolitres for the collaboration brews - that’s over 16,000 cans of each winning entry!  As of the writing of this blurb, last year’s 4-pack is available in at least 20 NLC locations in all corners of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Marie’s and other convenience stores province-wide. You may be familiar with Quidi Vidi’s Iron Cherry Sour and Half Nelson, but did you know both were originally QVxNF winners? This competition is your chance to show the province your beer making chops.

After judging is complete, there’s a bottle share and meet and greet at the Quidi Vidi taproom, Public Health guidelines permitting of course.  All the entries will be available to sample, and each entrant will get a chance to meet with the judges and discuss their beer and the judges’ feedback on it.  All entrants are encouraged to join in; it’s been a lot of fun every year so far! Be sure to arrange a ride though.

Winners to be announced shortly after the event.

Good luck and good brewing!

Submission Deadline   May 2, 2021
Bottle Share               May 15, 2021 1:00 PM

Choice of beer style is entirely open andsubmitted beers need not strictly adhere to any styleguidelines.

Submitted beer are professionally judged by Quidi Vidi’sbrewing team using BJCP scoring methods. You should know, though, that winning beer are chosen by QV’s brewing team based on more than just the BJCP score: the recipe must be producible on both their pilot and full-scale systems, and be something that their customers might want to try, plus whatever other factors they may include.

Entrants must submit the following:

  • 12 x 341ml bottles*
  • Completed recipe form**

Recipe form can be downloaded here:  QVxNF Recipe Form

*PET, 500ml, swing-tops, etc... are acceptable. Bottles will not be returned to entrants.
**Collection of recipes is strictly used by Quidi Vidi Brewery to ensure entries can be recreated on the larger scale of their brewhouse.

Please refrain from using ingredients that are not readily available in mass quantities. Some fruits, hops, or foraged goods are fantastic in beer, but we are unable to procure. If you have any questions about sourcing ingredients that you’re interested in, please feel free to ask. But use discretion as we can 100% get mosaic hops.

Our system is a single infusion 2-vessel system.Step-mashing and decoction mashes cannot be effectively reproduce

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.).


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Specialty Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA Argenta
PRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 12

Judging Sessions and Dates

Session 1
Monday 3 May, 2021 9:00 AM, NDT



After judging is complete, Quidi Vidi Brewery hosts a bottle share and meet and greet at the taproom, Public Health guidelines permitting of course.

All the entries will be available to sample, and each entrant will get a chance to meet with the judges and discuss their beer and the judges’ feedback on it.

It is not required that you attend the bottle share to win, but all entrants are encouraged to join in; it’s been a lot of fun every year so far!  Be sure to arrange a ride though.

Winners to be announced online shortly after the event.


Awards Ceremony

Quidi Vidi Tap Room
35 Barrows Road, St. John's, Newfoundland
Saturday 15 May, 2021 1:00 PM, NDT