The 2016 Best of the Bay homebrew competition is right around the corner! If you’re interested in entering the competition, registration is now open!
Sign up here: http://bellinghambrewers.com/bestofthebay/
This year, the bottle drop-off starts 7/13 and ends 7/27. Each entry is $7 for non-members and $4 for BHG dues-paying members. The competition will be limited to a maximum of 6 entries per person.
We’ve also opened up the competition to cider entries this year, so keep that in mind if you have any 2015 ciders hanging around!
Winners will be announced Sunday, August 7, at our Best of the Bay Homebrew Festival from 11am – 3pm in the Boundary Bay Annex Garden (off Maple St). The festival will be open to family and friends, so bring them out to show off all the great beers we brew! There will be games for kids and a non-alcoholic beverage option. We will have food for purchase on-site.
BHG Commemorative taster glasses will be for sale for $10 ($5 for members). You don’t need to buy a taster glass to come into the festival, but all proceeds go to support the Bellingham Homebrewers Guild. There will also be a raffle to win cool homebrew-related prizes, and other BHG swag for sale.
This Saturday the BHG will be participating in the AHA’s annual Big Brew event by hosting a group brew. Anyone’s welcome to come, either just to hang out or better yet to bring your equipment and brew with us! We’ll be providing food, you bring some homebrew to share. If you’re interested in the BHG 7th anniversary Imperial Porter recipe that some members will be brewing, see here for details.
Congratulations Jennifer Tadder on winning the 2015 BHG Homebrewer of the Year! After taking several medals at the Best of the Bay and dominating a couple of our club comps, this likely does not come as a shock to many of you that have tried her beer. In addition to some new hardware for her trophy shelf, Jenn has won the opportunity to brew a collaboration beer with Frank at Aslan, and enter it as Bellingham’s first Pro-Am entry in the WA Beer Awards!
We’ll reset the spreadsheet for 2016 and do it again. The basic premise of the BHG HomeBOY is to encourage people to brew more, try brewing new styles, and elevate their game by rewarding participation in homebrew competitions. Points are awarded throughout the year for participation for both participating and placing in both BJCP sanctioned competitions as well as our own less formal bi-monthly club competitions. If you enter beers in any homebrew competitions this year, make sure to email email@example.com or let one of the club officers know about it so we can grant you points.
The 17th annual AHA Learn to Homebrew Day is Saturday, November 7th. The BHG will again be hosting a big group brew where members will be showing both each other and non-brewing friends how they do their thing. Anyone’s welcome to bring equipment and come brew with us, or just come hang out and ask questions and watch. We’ll be going from around 9am to 4pm, and providing donuts for breakfast and brats for lunch! Feel free to bring some homebrew of course!
Location: 3600 Toad Lake Rd (Doug Burghart’s house)
Congratulations to James Martini of Sedro-Wooley for taking best of show this year with his brown porter with toasted coconut and getting to take home the trophy mug to drink from proudly for the next year. Also, congratulations to our People’s Choice award winner at this year’s award ceremony, Justin Bajema’s Kriek. All the winners have been posted at http://www.bellinghambrewers.com/competition/.
We had 185 entries to judge this year from 55 brewers. 8 different stewards assisted 25 judges in evaluating them and providing feedback over the course of 26 flights of judging. We had 19 categories that we were able to hand out gold, silver, and copper awards out for. 54 entries came from brewers identifying themselves as being with the BHG (almost 30%) which I think is the best local participation we’ve had yet. BHG members did quite well in taking home some hardware too which I’m quite proud of – 16 medals!
A big thanks again to everyone who donated time to help judge, steward, sort bottles, setup the awards ceremony, donated prizes, etc. I’d like to specifically call out for their significant contributions to making this event happen – Neal Tognazzini, Andrew Richardson, Michael Gan, Erica & Craig Simons, Jason Mantello, Robert Arzoo, Kulshan Brewing, and Boundary Bay, though many many others pitched in as well. I thought this year’s event went fantastically thanks to their efforts.
The Best of the Bay 2015 is happening this weekend and we’re going to find out who’s making the best homebrew in the Northwest! As we’ve done every year, we’ll be following up the competition with a combination Award Ceremony and Homebrew Festival and all members of the Bellingham homebrewing community are invited. We’ll be holding it again in Boundary Bay’s Annex Garden on the corner of Railroad Ave and E Maple St and the weather forecast is looking fantastic! This year’s event will be Sunday, August 2 (day after the judging) from 11am to 3pm.
In addition to announcing winners and handing out coveted bung awards, BHG members will be serving homebrew and you’re welcome to bring a jockey box and keg if you’d like to share as well. We’ll also be having people vote on their favorite beers and awarding People’s Choice awards towards the end. There will also be non-alcoholic options and kids’ activities, so bring the whole family. The event and homebrew are all free, but this does also serve as a fundraiser for the club, so please consider bringing a few bucks to purchase a commemorative taster glass, T-shirt, and/or raffle tickets. There will also be food available to purchase.
Whether you entered the competition or not, this is a great opportunity to support the club and congratulate the homebrewers that manage to brew beer good enough to take home the coveted gold, silver, and bronze bungs! We hope to see you Sunday!
Mark your calendars, fire up your brew kettles. The Best of the Bay is the finest homebrew competition north of Seattle and the
4th 5th edition is coming soon this summer.
The entry window for this year’s competition is July 1 – July 22. You’ll be able able to drop off your entry bottles during that window at a few different locations including North Corner Brewing Supply in Bellingham and Northwest Brewing Supply in Burlington. Dues paying members will receive an entry discount as part of their benefits package.
Judging will take place July 31 and Aug 1, with the BHG’s famous combined award ceremony and homebrew festival immediately following on Sunday Aug 2. Mark your calendars for that one as you’re definitely going to want to be there to drink some homebrew, share a keg of your finest, and congratulate our winners.
For details (some are still being worked out) and to register your entries come July, head to http://bellinghambrewers.com/competition/. To register entries you will need to create a new account even if you’ve entered in previous years.
To get updates on competition details as they become available (locations, etc) as well as other club news, make sure you’re signed with the BHG email list at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/BellinghamBeer.