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homebrew-cfield5Way back when I used to be a homebrewer. It was exciting to know how beer was made and even more exciting when something I crafted also turned out to be delicious.

I always dreamed of having one of my recipes made by a commercial brewery. It’s fun to give your beer to friends to try out and enjoy, but it’s a whole different ballgame to see your beers on tap at your favorite bar. I’m pretty sure this is a dream shared among most homebrewers

Well, the folks at the International Tap House and 4 Hands Brewing have teamed up to give one lucky homebrewer that dream. Next Saturday, April 30th, iTAP Chesterfield hosts its 4th annual Homebrew Competition.

There is still time to enter beers into the competition. Here is the link to the PDF which provides all of the rules and ingredient guidelines for the competition.

The competition begins at 3PM, but the fun doesn’t exclude those of you who aren’t homebrewers. For $5 you can come by iTAP to enjoy samples from all of the entries and vote for a “People’s Choice” winner.  You’ll also have your first chance to try the debut of the 3rd annual winning homebrew, a Pineapple IPA from Kevin Hampton.

If you happen to also like BBQ, PM BBQ will be featuring some tasty eats. BBQ and homebrew? There are few better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.

itap_homebrew2014_poster_web2Way back when I used to be a homebrewer. It was exciting to know how beer was made and even more exciting when something I crafted also turned out to be delicious.

I always dreamed of having one of my recipes made by a commercial brewery. It’s fun to give your beer to friends to try out and enjoy, but it’s a whole different ballgame to see your beers on tap at your favorite bar. I’m pretty sure this is a dream shared among most homebrewers

Well, the folks at the International Tap House and 4 Hands Brewing have teamed up to give one lucky homebrewer that dream. This Sunday, October 12th, iTAP Chesterfield hosts its 3rd annual Homebrew Competition.

The competition begins at 12PM, but the fun doesn’t exclude those of you who aren’t homebrewers. Come by iTAP to enjoy samples from all of the entries and vote for a “People’s Choice” winner.

If you happen to also like BBQ, PM BBQ will be hosting the S.L.O.B.S. BBQ Competition that afternoon as well. BBQ and homebrew? There are few better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Mo’ breweries means mo’ representation at the Great American Beer Festival which was held this past weekend in downtown Denver. While not only being an enormous beer festival it also doubles as a competition for professional breweries.  The St. Louis area did pretty well this year as it had three local craft winners:

  • Category 13: Other Strong Beer (55 Entries) – Silver: Heart of GoldPerennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO
  • Category 40: German-Style Schwarzbier (32 Entries) – Bronze: Black BearMorgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, MO
  • Category 84: Barley Wine-Style Ale (51 Entries) – Silver: Barley WineCharleville Microbrewery, Ste. Genevieve, MO

It’s also worth noting that a couple of other Missouri breweries walked away with some awards as well:

  • Category 10: Rye Beer (62 Entries) – Silver: Kyles Baltic PorterFlat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO
  • Category 13: Other Strong Beer (55 Entries) – Gold: Reverb PilsnerBoulevard Brewing, Kansas City, MO
  • Category 68: Belgian-Style Witbier (50 Entries) – Gold: ZONBoulevard Brewing, Kansas City, MO

Winning an award at a beer competition takes a little bit of luck but a hell of a lot of skill. Congrats to the boys at Perennial (Phil, Cory, and Jim), Morgan Street head brewer Dustin Chalfant and Charleville head brewer Tony Saballa on their very impressive wins. I’m sure we’ll see even more awards next year.

stlbrews.gifThis one is for all of those homebrewers out there. If you’re looking to get some honest feedback on your beer, a homebrew competition is the best place to start. They’re going to give you informative feedback that can only help to improve your beer. Dan Stauder of the St. Louis Brews forwarded information on to me about this year’s competition:

The Happy Holiday Homebrew Competition is the St. Louis Brews annual homebrew competition. It is a fully sanctioned AHA and BJCP event. This year it will be held on December 8, December 10, 2010 and December 11, 2010.

The location of the competition & banquet is the Hill Brewing Company. We are proud to be the final qualifying event for the Thirteenth Annual Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing.

2 bottles per entry
Fee is $6.00 per entry
Entries must be received by Friday, December 3, 2010

Please register on the web with a valid email address. The registration page will have all the details of where to send the entries. Local dropoff will be at the local homebrew shops.

I plan on entering a few beers this year just to get some feedback (and if they’re good enough maybe win an award.) If you’re a homebrewer I would strongly suggest that you do the same!

The Great American Beer Festival was held this past weekend in downtown Denver, while not only being a very special beer festival, also doubles as a competition for professional breweries.  The St. Louis area did pretty well this year as it had two local craft winners:

  • Category 71: Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout (23 Entries) – Gold: Hyde Park Stout Augusta Brewing Co., Washington, MO
  • Category 26: Bohemian-Style Pilsener (42 Entries) – Silver: Golden PilsnerMorgan Street Brewery, St. Louis, MO

It’s also worth noting that Flat Branch Pub and Brewery out of Columbia, MO also walked away with two awards:

  • Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast (43 Entries) – Silver: American Hefeweizen – Flat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO
  • Category 74: Sweet Stout (29 Entries) – Silver: Oil Change Stout – Flat Branch Pub and Brewery, Columbia, MO

Winning an award at a beer competition takes a little bit of luck but a hell of a lot of skill. Congrats to Morgan Street head brewer Marc Gottfried and Augusta head brewer Shawn Herrin on their very impressive wins. Can’t wait to enjoy both of these beers in the near future.

stlbrews.gifThis one is for all of those homebrewers out there. If you’re looking to get some honest feedback on your beer, a homebrew competition is the best place to start. They’re going to give you informative feedback that can only help to improve your beer. Dan Stauder of the St. Louis Brews forwarded information on to me about this year’s competition:

The Happy Holiday Homebrew Competition is the St. Louis Brews annual homebrew competition. It is a fully sanctioned AHA and BJCP event. This year it will be held on December 9, December 11, 2009 and December 12, 2009.

The location of the competition & banquet is the Annunciation Church in Webster Groves, located at 12 West Glendale Road, just South of Hwy. 44 on Elm Avenue. Here is a link to a map. We are proud to be the final qualifying event for the Twelth Annual Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing.

2 bottles per entry
Fee is $6.00 per entry
Entries must be received by Friday, December 4, 2009

Please register on the web with a valid email address. The registration page will have all the details of where to send the entries. Local dropoff will be at the local homebrew shops.

Scoresheets will be scanned and emailed back to the brewer by the next day. Currently this is the only competition that I know that scans and emails scoresheets for quick feedback to the brewer.

I plan on entering a few beers this year just to get some feedback (and if they’re good enough maybe win an award.) If you’re a homebrewer I would strongly suggest that you do the same!

img_0233You had your chance to try it.  You saw the photos.  You loved it.  Well, the judges at the Great American Beer Festival loved it also.  The collaborative effort between local homebrewer Jim Yeager and O’Fallon Brewery became Alright Already Amber and it came out of the GABF Pro-Am competition with a Silver Medal.

Over 72 entries were received in this competition from 21 different states.  This is a huge accomplishment and I want to congratulate Jim and everyone at O’Fallon for winning this award.  I don’t know if this beer is still available anywhere, hopefully someone can chime in and let us know if people can still sample this.