This is the 2019 Brew Style Challenge, with a twist. We want to have a lot of fun this year with the style challenge and we’re going to make this into a little comp and mini comps along the way. Please read the rules below, and at the very bottom is a list of this years styles. (IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE EITHER COMMENT BELOW OR EMAIL JOSEPH NANCE AT firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brew Style Challenge Contest
*This contest is open to individual brewers only, Including Club Officers (see judging below)
*Contest beer can be brewed with a friend, but only one person will be awarded points for the entry.
*The beer has to be brewed on a homebrew system.
*The beer has to be judged at the time the others are judged.
The entries will be judged for crowed favorites, in a blind tasting. We are limiting the judges to a total of 15 so that participants will only have to bring 1 growler. Active club members will get preference, and then if all the judging spots aren’t taken up we will allow non club members.
*The style of the month – judges will be given a small sample of each entry, the crowd will then rank each entry based on the most well executed version to the least, and not solely to style. The beer must a true attempt to brew the style of the month.
Example: A Porter will not be accepted in the comp when we have a German Pilsner as the monthly style.
*Clone challenge months – entrants will be required to bring the exact commercial example of the beer they are brewing as well as their homebrewed version. Any style beer is accepted, just as long as you bring the commercial example you attempted. The judges will then get a sample of both the commercial and homebrew examples and will rank the beers on a point scale as to how close the brewer got. The point scale will be explained the day of the judging.
Each month no matter the challenge
1st = 4
2nd = 3
3rd = 2
all others = 1
Points will be added up in multiple ways. We will have a monthly winner, we will have a quarterly drawing where all the points you have earned in that quarter will get you 1 ticket for each point in a drawing and this will be done 3 times in 2019, and finally the total points for the year will earn you the grand prize, TBD but it will be worth it….
*Monthly = Recognition on facebook, the club website, the brew score newsletter, bragging rights… And points towards the following.
*quarterly = we will draw from a bucket and each point you have for that quarter gives you that many tickets in the drawing. The winner will get 1 pound of a popular hop. Drawings are planned for the April, August & December.
*Grand Prize = person with the most points collected throughout the year. Prize TBD, but it will be worth it….
Brew Style Challenge Monthly List
2/9 BOH (Beer On Hand)
3/9 English Brown
4/13 German Pilsner
5/11 Vienna Lager
6/8 Cream Ale
7/13 Clone Beer (Brew a Clone & Bring it’s commercial version as well. You pick the style.)
9/14 Fruit Beer
1/11 Clone Beer (Brew a Clone & Bring it’s commercial version as well. You pick the style.)
3/14 American Amber
Important news about the March Club Meeting
Bootleg Biology’s Jeff Mello has offered up his lab for our March 10th meeting. Not only has he done this, but he has gone even farther by coming up with the idea of having a club brewing contest at the meeting. Jeff has volunteered to give out 15 packages of yeast to those that want to enter the contest. There is no entry fee, but you will be required to be an active club member who is current on their dues, you must brew the beer, ferment with the provided yeast and bring 1 full growler of your beer to the meeting on Saturday March 10th. When you go pick up the yeast from Jeff, he will give you a sheet that he’s asking you to fill out with the basic info about your beer and fermentation process. Your yeast packet “MUST BE PICKED UP BY THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 5TH”, to ensure the freshest yeast possible and that you have enough time to brew your beer. The info sheet will help give Jeff additional data to work with on this yeast. The yeast that he is specifically propagating up for us is a blend of Sacc strains designed to be used in IPAs/NEIPAs/or anything with a heavy focus on fruitiness. He didn’t say if the yeast itself added fruity character or if it boosted what the hops put out. You will not be limited as to what style you make. Even though he suggested using it for IPAs, you could be as creative as you want, we just ask that you only use this yeast to ferment it.
Since we want this to be fun, you all will be the judges. That’s right, you will get a chance to taste all the entries (which is the reason we need a full growler from each entrant) and rate your top 5 favorite. In the judging process we will supply club members with a small sample of each beer. The cups will be labeled A-O, so you will not know who’s beer is who’s. We do not want this to be super formal so we are throwing the BJCP guidelines out the window for this one. Once everyone’s sheets are in we will count up who had the most votes, and that person will be the winner. The winner will be able to select their prize from a selection of items provided by Jeff, things such as Bootleg Biology gear, Hops, and more Yeast.
In order to enter I need you to message me on facebook (Joseph Nance or Ultra-Junkie) or email me at Mrhowdymr@yahoo.com, and provided you are up to date on your dues for the 2018 year, I will reserve you a spot and your free yeast packet. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. If you do contact me by email, please put “MCB Bootleg Comp” in the subject line.
Thank you and good luck,
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen.
This coming year, 2018, I have some pretty interesting plans and challenges for each of us. We will be having a monthly Brew Style Challenge were we will be brewing and discussing a specific BJCP style as well as the ingredients used, Jeff Mello has schedule a club meeting at Bootleg Biology to help us learn more about yeast and bacteria, the Big Brew Day will be a great time again this year, we have a Learn to Brew day scheduled with some fun stuff for new brewers to take home and experiment with, the annual club contest might be taking on a new twist as well as bringing back the club crawl, I’m looking at getting us a few spots at Brew Festivals around Nashville to showcase our clubs beers, and the annual club Christmas Party will be a blast. Also don’t forget that we have Thirsty Thursdays, and they will be held at a different brewery around town every month. No homebrew is allowed at the Thirsty Thursdays unless otherwise communicated.
Club memberships sign up and renewals for 2018 are fast approaching, and at a small $25 per person or $37 per couple its supper affordable. Come Join in on the fun, fellowship and learning we will have this year.
The Brew Style Challenge will be a monthly part of our club meetings (except on special months planned in advance) where we will have a specific BJCP Style selected and we will challenge you to brew it and bring it to the meeting. There will be a recipe supplied in both All Grain and Extract format for each of you to attempt. This is to help us all better understand each style one at a time, the ingredients used to make them and the contributions they add to the overall beer, how to judge your own beer based on the guidelines, and to just get us out of our comfort zone by trying to make different styles. We also understand that not everyone wants to be restricted to a specific set of guidelines, so feel free to alter the recipe, add fruit or other adjuncts as you wish. The Club president for 2018, Joseph Nance, will be brewing each of the recipes and bringing them to the appropriate meeting so you can pick them apart for discussion. I challenge you all to bring your version to the meetings as well…
Just a quick note to not forget to renew your membership for 2015! You can print and fill out a membership form from the Membership page on this site, and even pay your dues online via PayPal. Just click on the Membership link on the top menu.
If you’d rather pay at a meeting, we can handle that too. Thanks for your support!