If it weren't for homebrewers, we certainly wouldn't have many of the outstanding and original craft beers we are lucky enough to enjoy in the wonderful city of Columbus. As breweries and homebrew supply stores pop up around our little metropolis, there is much appreciation and love shown toward those who are still keeping it real by turning their kitchens into a microbrewery - especially by Barley's Brewing Company and Buckeye Brewcraft.
As one of original craft breweries in Columbus, Barley's has been hosting a homebrew contest for nearly 20 years. The winner of the contest not only earns bragging rights and the admiration of the microbrew community, but also gets to brew their recipe at Barley's. This year's competition will begin taking entries the first week of June. Contestants need to deliver three unlabeled 12-oz. bottles by the following dates and time:
- June 5th from 11:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m.
- June 6th from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
- June 7th from 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
The winner will be announced at Afternoon with the Brewers on June 22nd. This year's event will not only include a chat and drink session with local brewmasters, but also a chance to taste last year's homebrew competition winners Anthony McKeivier and Tony Hill's creation - Two Tones American IPA.
Not sure you'll be ready for Barley's 19th Annual Homebrew Competition? Perhaps you can create a delicious recipe for Buckeye Brewcraft's Summer Wheat Contest. This contest will be judged on July 19th, which also happens to be the one-year anniversary of Buckeye Brewcraft's opening.
The Summer Wheat Contest requires the following:
- Brewed with extract or all grain, Belgian or weizen
- Must be 5% ABV or less
- And the effort must be placed on creating a distinct and flavor and a clean finish.
The first place winner will receive a $25 gift card to Buckeye Brewcraft. Second and third place prizes are yet to be determined. If you are interested in Buckeye Brewcraft's Summer Wheat Contest, click here for details.
Good luck homebrewers and happy brewing!