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 and we want to find the best home brewer with the best home brew in the Maritimes!


West Coast IPA and New England IPA. A portion of every brew needs to be partially mashed or steeped.


An American IPA with intense fruit flavors and aromas, a soft body, and smooth mouthfeel, and often opaque with substantial haze. Less perceived bitterness than traditional IPAs but always massively hop forward. This emphasis on late hopping, especially dry hopping, with hops with tropical fruit qualities lends the specific ‘juicy’ character for which this style is known.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.060 – 1.085
FG:1.010 – 1.015
IBUs: 25 – 60
SRM: 3 – 7
ABV: 6% – 9%


A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately-strong American pale ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop varieties. The balance is hop-forward, with a clean fermentation profile, dryish finish, and clean, supporting malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine through.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.056 – 1.070
FG: 1.008 – 1.014
IBUs: 40 – 70
SRM: 6 – 14
ABV: 5.5 – 7.5%



Tingles Sichuan Stout
Lady Scotia Brewing (Chelsea Meisner)


D Rock’s Dunkel
Derek Wood


If you would rather fill out the form by hand, please download and print-off the form below.





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



Where is my local Gahan House?

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


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

To submit a brew you must drop it off by October 30th to your local Gahan House with a completed submission form. There is also a $30 submission fee to enter a beer into this challenge that must be paid via eventbrite upon drop off:


How do I pay my submission fee?

You need to register and pay online through this Eventbrite link this year! Once this is paid and your beer dropped off, you will receive a complimentary Maritime Home Brew Challenge t-shirt from that Gahan House location (not bad, eh?!).


Should I label my entries?

Yes – please put your name, your beer name, your order confirmation and beer style on each beer bottle you drop off. You must drop off at least 6 x 355mL or larger bottles.


Are there any beer recipe rules?
Only two. Your beer must qualify as one of two styles: West Coast IPA or North Eastern IPA and a portion of every brew need to be partially mashed or steeped.


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).

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


What are the prizes?
The Grand Champion (best overall beer) will receive $500 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 – $300 cash
2nd – $150 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 14th, 2020 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island at the original Gahan House!


Additional questions?





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