Hangar 24 Competition To Celebrate Homebrews
Since homebrewing was instrumental in what ultimately became Hangar 24, it makes sense to have a contest that honors that passion. The inaugural Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Homebrew Competition is open to amateur homebrewers and will take place Saturday, May 22.
The competition is sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program and will follow the BJCP’s competition procedures. All beers will be judged by trained beer judges and experienced beer professionals.
The winner will get more than the honor of knowing they have the best homebrew in the area. The winning beer will also be brewed by Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and offered in the tasting room. But the competition doesn’t stop there. The ultimate brew also will be entered in the Pro-Am Competition at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, Sept. 16-18 in Denver, Colo.
“Homebrewers are very creative,” said Hangar 24 owner and brewmaster Ben Cook. “The very nature of brewing at home, in small batches, fosters experimentation that can yield interesting and tasty results.”
Entries will be accepted by mail or can be dropped off at three separate locations. All entries must be received by May 15. They can be mailed to, and dropped off at, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands. They can also be dropped off at Beer, Beer and More Beer in Riverside, Calif., and The Bruery in Placentia, Calif. Damaged bottles sent by mail will not be judged.
All competition details, including entry forms, bottle identification forms, rules, BJCP style guidelines and pro-am rules are available at www.hangar24brewery.com/homebrew.htm.
The Great American Beer Festival, which began in 1982, had a four-day attendance of 49,000 in 2009. Over 3,300 beers were entered in last year’s competition, including a record 72 in the Pro-Am Competition alone. The winner in that category, Herbal Joe’s Columbarillo IPA, was presented by Chama River Brewing Co. of Albuquerque, N.M.