Is your homemade hooch famed in the field? Whether your concoction is a hedgerow harvest classic or a wonderfully wacky sensation, prepare to boast about your brew. The Field Hip-flask Championships are back for 2017 – by popular demand.

Unsure whether your brew could make the grade? Take a look at the previous concoctions to take the title, including The Hip Flask Championship 2013 traditional winner, raspberry gin. And The Hip Flask Championship 2013 off piste winner, beetroot and horseradish vodka was fantastically creative and a wonderful surprise.


TO ENTER: Send a small bottle of your homemade brew (no leaks, please – a small, plastic water bottle is preferred), stating the main ingredients, its age, your name and address and the recipe for making it, to Sarah Pratley at The Field, Pinehurst II, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7BF. Entries will be judged by Nick Radclyffe, owner of Foxdenton, alongside an expert panel of Field semi-alcoholics.

CLOSING DATE: Entries close on 15 October 2017 and the winners will be announced in the January 2018 issue. Unfortunately, we cannot return any of the entries. The Field slurps without spitting.

CATEGORIES: Choose from two: “Traditional” is open to all classic, spirit-based bevvies that use hedgerow and garden harvest, such as our previous winners’ raspberry gin and Newbrough bramble whisky. “Off-piste” is for modern recipes that take a wacky approach to the hip-flask nip. Previous concoctions to take the title include the extraordinary beetroot and horseradish vodka and plum pudding vodka.

PRIZES: We know how to treat our winners. The champion hip-flask brewers in each category will win a case of six bottles of Foxdenton gin and a year’s subscription to the field.

Your winter-warming concoctions have probably already brewed, so it’s time to test if they are the best. Post your entry to Sarah Pratley, The Field, Pinehurst II, Pinehurst Road, Farnborough, Hants GU14 7BF. Entries close 15 October 2017 and the winners will be announced in the January 2018 issue.