This challenge stems from an annual competition to find the best home brewers in Prince Edward Island at the original Gahan House in Charlottetown. We’re taking it a step further this year and we want to find the best home brewer with the best home brew in the Maritimes! Once we find that Grand Champion, we’ll give them a cash prize, have them brew at their local Gahan House, and have their delicious beer canned for a 1,000 can limited-edition release.



5th – Supernova Saison – Derek Wood

4th – Deux Horizons – Julien Belliveau & Jean-Marc Landry

3rd –Sumac – Cameron McKellar

2nd – Naughtius Maximus – Brian Whalen

1stStone Bridge – Orange Tub Brewing Collective: Brad Coughlin, Jason Marshall, Michel Melanson, Marc Theriault


Best Beer Name – Supersoft Birthday Party –David Pepper

Brew HQ’s Bravest Beer – Es tu BRUT – Clayton Harding, William Panting, Jonathan Green, Tyler Gallant


Lager/ Pilsner

5th – Pilsennium Falcon – Ian Wheatley

4th – Czechmate – Peter Davis

3rd – Whos your Laaagr – Clayton Harding, William Panting, Jonathan Green, Tyler Gallant

2nd – Unpatient Pilsner – Mark Mckay

1st D-Rocks Dunkel – Derek Wood


Best Use of Local – Train of Thought -Jordan Dennis

Rookie of the Year – Headgear IPA – Robert Schnarr

East Coast Hoppers Choice Awards – Middle Earth IPA – Lady Scotia Brewing – Chelsea Meisner


Hoppy Ale

5th – Pandemonium – Peter Davis

4th – Supersoft Birthday Party-David Pepper

3rd – Dank-o -Matt Scott

2nd – Sandman – James MacEachern, Sandy Smoliak

1stPaak tha Caa – Justin Clarke/PJ Evans (Brathair Brewing)


Grand Champion – D-Rocks Dunkel – Derek Wood





Brewer Session Schedule

September 18th Gahan Port City: Peter Reilly/Spencer Gallant

September 19th Gahan Riverside: Peter Reilly/Spencer Gallant

September 20th Gahan Charlottetown: Trent Hayes/Chris Long

September 20th Gahan Harbourfront: Spencer Gallant/Peter Reilly




Submit Your Beer




How do I submit a beer into the Maritime Home Brew Challenge?

To submit a beer you must provide up to 6 bottles of the beer ~ 355mL or larger. You must drop it off by October 27th to your local Gahan House with a completed submission form (submitted online at There is also a $30 fee (per beer) to enter a beer into this challenge that must be paid upon drop off.


Where is my local Gahan House?

We have Gahan House locations in Charlottetown, Halifax, Saint John and Fredericton.


Do I need to fill out a submission form online before I drop off my beer?

Yes- please fill out your submission form above. A separate form must be submitted for each brew you’re entering in the Maritime Home Brew Challenge.


How do I pay?

You can pay with cash, credit or debit at the Gahan House location you are dropping your beer off to. Once this is paid, you will receive a complimentary Maritime Home Brew Challenge t-shirt (not bad, eh?!).


Can anyone submit a beer?

Yes – as long as you are not a certified brewer or brew for your career and you are over the age of 19.


Are there any beer recipe rules?
Only two. Your beer must qualify as one of three styles: Lager/ Pilsner,  Hoppy Ale/ Saison and a portion of every brew needs to be partially mashed or steeped.


Can multiple people submit a beer together?
Absolutely! We’re all about partnerships. The person/ team listed on the submission form claims the prize.


Should I label my entries?
Yes – please put your name, your beer name and beer style on each beer bottle you drop off. You must drop off at least 6 355mL or larger bottles.


What are the prizes?
The Grand Champion (best overall beer) will receive $1,000 cash and a limited edition can release in partnership with the PEI Brewing Company and The Gahan House.
The top 5 in each style will receive the following:

1st – $500 cash
2nd – $250 cash
3rd – $100 cash
4th – $100 Murphy Hospitality Group Gift Card
5th – $50 Murphy Hospitality Group Gift Card


When are prizes awarded?
Prizes will be awarded at our Maritime Home Brew Challenge weekend November 9-10th, 2018 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at the original Gahan House! More information regard- ing weekend itinerary will be out soon, but it will be all about brewing.


What if I have further questions?
Please email OR stop by one of our Brewer Knows Best sessions from 6pm – 8pm!

September 18th – Gahan Port City – Peter Reilly/ Spencer Gallant

September 19th – Gahan Riverside – Peter Reilly/ Spencer Gallant

September 20th – Gahan Charlottetown – Trent Hayes/ Chris Long

September 20th – Gahan Harbourfront – Peter Reilly/ Spencer Gallant





There will be only one Grand Champion brew. The Grand Champion will receive a $1,000 cash prize AND their beer will be canned for a limited edition release by The Gahan House and the PEI Brewing Company.


The top 5 in each beer style will receive the following:

1st – $500 cash

2nd – $250 cash

3rd – $100 cash

4th – $100 Murphy Hospitality Group Gift Card

5th – $50 Murphy Hospitality Group Gift Card


There will also be awards for the Best Beer Name, Brew HQ Bravest Beer, Rookie of the Year (under 10 home brews), Best Use of Local, the East Coast Hoppers Choice Award and more so be sure to tell us more about your beer in your recipe/ tasting notes! East Coast Hoppers will be providing a t-shirt and a $25 gift card to their online store for all secondary awards!


Join us on Prince Edward Island for our Award Weekend and stay at The Hotel on Pownal, starting at only $99 per night! Use the rate code: BREW

Beer & Munchies with the Brewers – November 9th, 2018


Tour the facility and chat with our brewery team while enjoying some munchies and a cold beer at the PEI Brewing Company in Charlottetown.


6:00 – 8:00pm


PEI Brewing Company Tasting Room
96 Kensington Road, Charlottetown PE

Maritime Home Brew Challenge Awards Ceremony – November 10th, 2018


Celebrate all of your hard work over the past few months developing your home brews. All awards will be presented at that time so we urge you to attend. Be sure to put this in your calendar! Friends & Family are welcome.


2:30 – 4:00pm


The Gahan House
126 Sydney Street, Charlottetown PE