We had 200 entries for our Batch #1000 homebrew competition from all over the country. The beers were judged by a selection of 45 judges including several BJCP Grand Masters, members of the Southern California craft beer community and our own team of brewers here at The Bruery. We were also lucky enough to have over 30 stewards helping us run the competition to make sure that beers were served properly and timely and that the judges could concentrate closely on the beers at hand. Thank you so much to everyone who was involved. It was an incredible day of incredible homebrews and we couldn't have done it without you.
To all who entered, you did an amazing job. Clearly, the quality of homebrew in this country is raising each and every year. There wasn't a single entry submitted that our judges weren't happy to evaluate, and for anyone who has judged a homebrew competition before, you know that is saying a lot. Seriously great beer all around and everyone deserves a pat on the back. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
And now.... the winners!
Category 13 (Stout) - Kyle Sisco, Roseville MN - Lights Out! Stout
Category 16 (Belgian & French Ale) - Jonathan Moxey, St. Louis MO - Senner
Category 18 (Belgian Strong Ale) - Jonathan Moxey, St. Louis MO - St. Benedict
Category 19 (Strong Ale) - Dan White, Los Angeles CA - Old Pecan
Category 20 (Fruit Beer) - Mark Puchalski, Westminster CA - Apricot Ale
Category 21 (Spice / Herb / Vegetable Beer) - Brian Berthiaume, Hockessin DE - Coffee Stout
Category 22 (Smoked & Wood Aged Beer) - Kurt Armstrong, Laguna Beach CA - Aztec's Share
Category 23 (Specialty Beer) - Brian Pramov & Bryan Keas, Denver CO - Night Ryder
And the overall awards go to.....
Best of Show: Brian Pramov & Bryan Keas - Night Ryder
Runner up: Jonathan Moxey, St. Louis MO - Senner
2nd Runner up: Kyle Sisco, Resville MN - Lights Out! Stout
Honorable Mention: Mark Puchalski, Westminster CA - Apricot Ale
Congratualtions to Brian and Bryan! Your beer will be our Batch #1000!
Here are the important details:
-The following BJCP categories are the ONLY categories that we will be accepting for this competition. Please read over the category descriptions on the BJCP website.
13F, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23
-Beers must be submitted between the dates of January 21st, 2013 and February 1st, 2013.
-The competition judging will be held on Sunday, February 17th, 2013.
-You may submit up to 10 different beers.
-There is no fee associated with this competition.
-Each Homebrewer must fill out one Entry Form and a Recipe Form for each submission.
-You must send at least three (3), bottles of each beer, 12oz or larger.
-Each beer must have a Bottle ID filled out and taped to it.These can be downloaded here.
-Bottles should be carefully packaged and either shipped to our warehouse at:
1174 N Grove St
Anaheim, CA 92806
OR - Bottles can be hand delivered to our Tasting Room located at:
717 Dunn Way
Placentia, CA 92870
-The beers will be kept at an appropriate storage temperature until time of contest.
-You must be an AHA member for 2013 to qualify for this competition. If you are not a member, head here to join.
-Your score sheets will be returned to you in a timely manner.
Awards and Prizes!
The Bruery, will take the recipe and reproduce, as faithful as possible to the original recipe, on a professional scale with the help of the homebrewer.
If the product is brought to market and made available to American beer drinkers, the homebrewer will receive a one time royalty of $500.00.
Prizes will also be awarded to the winners of each BJCP category in the form of Bruery merchandise.
Eligibility - This home brew contest is open to non-professional home brewers who members of the AHA, are 21 years of age or older at the time of entry, and who are legal residents of the United States. Employees of The Bruery or its distributors are not eligible.
General - The Bruery, at its sole discretion, may use the winning home brew recipe for production and sale to the general market. Also, at The Bruery's sole discretion, the The Bruery may enter the winning home-brew recipe and product in other beer contests including, but not limited to the 2013 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition. The winning home brewer will receive a one time royalty of $500.00. The winning home brewer agrees to fully disclose the winning recipe to The Bruery, and grant to The Bruery an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to all commercial and intellectual property rights to the winning beer, subject only to the winner's right to receive the $500.00 one-time royalty. By entering the Contest, entrants permit The Bruery to use their respective recipe, the recipe name, entrant's name, likeness, picture, signature, voice, audio and video recordings and biographical information in any manner or media whatsoever (whether now known or hereafter devised) anywhere in the world in perpetuity for the purpose of manufacturing, promoting, advertising and trade, of any product by The Bruery without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. The Bruery may withhold payment if it determines that the winner has behaved in a manner that is substantial and damaging to the Contest or to home brewing. Entrants are responsible for accurately following all entry requirements. The Bruery reserves the right to change these rules in order to, in its sole discretion, secure the proper administration of the Contest.