Calling all Chicago-area homebrew clubs. The 2016 BeerHoptacular homebrew club competition is back. Space is limited so sign up today. This is a unique opportunity to compete head-to-head (so to speak) with other tri-state area homebrew clubs, with one being crowned Chicago’s “BeerHoptacular Homebrew Club of the Year” There is no entry fee and each competing club will receive two complimentary tickets to the Saturday afternoon session of BeerHoptacular. Please email Marty Nachel at homebrew@BeerHoptacular.com with any question or to sign-up for the homebrew competition.
Each homebrew club will receive a total of 12 lbs. of grain (generously donated by Mid Country Malt Supply, South Holland, Illinois). There are no style requirements for this year’s homebrew competition.
Official BeerHoptacular Homebrew Rules and Regulations:
1). Each competing club must brew its beer using the provided grain only. You may use as much or as little of this grain as you choose, but you may not add any other grains to this bill. You may also alter these grains (toast, roast, smoke, etc.) if you choose.
2). You may add herbs, spices and miscellaneous flavoring such as fresh fruits or fruit flavorings, as well as add any fermentable sugars -malt extract, candi syrup, invert sugar, honey, apple juice, molasses, treacle, etc. Oak chips and barrel aging are allowed.
3). Each competing club may add hop character to this beer as it chooses. Hop varieties and quantities used are up to the individual club.
4). Beer style is not stipulated. Each competing club may choose to ferment and age its beer in any way it chooses. Any beer yeast and fermentation temperature is allowed.
5). Six 12-ounce brown (amber) bottles must be submitted for judging. All six of the bottles must have a label affixed to them with rubber bands. Labels must be clearly and completely filled out. Use this label: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/SCP_BottleID.pdf
6). Competing bottles must be shipped to, or dropped off at, Hailstorm Brewing Co. (see address below) no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, October 28th. ***NO EXCEPTIONS!!!***
7). All competition beers will be judged by Professional and BJCP judges on Saturday morning, November 5th, 2014. The sole winner will be announced at the BeerHoptacular Saturday afternoon session. The judges’ decision is final!
Hailstorm Brewing Co.
8060 186th Street
Tinley Park, IL 60487