2016 Homebrewer of the Year

Another year has come to a close, which means it’s time time to announce the 5th BHG Homebrewer of the Year.  And for the second year in a row, the best homebrewer in Bellingham is clearly Jenn Tadder!

Congratulations Jenn on continuing to crank out top notch beers out in the woods.  Kulshan is lucky to have gained you as an employee this year.

For the third straight year, Frank at Aslan Brewing has offered a collaboration brew with the winner.  A huge thank you from the BHG to Frank and the Aslan crew for such an awesome opportunity and their continued support of us.  We look forward to seeing what Jenn and Frank come up with this year to follow up last year’s Gold Medal winning Vienna Lager (no pressure).

The race for the 2017 HomeBOY is on now, good luck brewers!

Best of the Bay 2016


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.

Best of the Bay 5 is coming

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.

Best of the Bay Results

The winners have been posted and awards handed out!  See http://bellinghambrewers.com/competition for the full listing.

chrisCongratulations to Chris McClanahan for taking Best of Show with his Old Ale!!  I was very excited to see the champion trophy stay in Bellingham, and Chris is both a great brewer and a great guy. Rounding out the Best of Show was Mark Tanner from Oak Harbor with a Scottish Heavy 70/- taking second and James and Jessica Martini of Sedro-Woolley taking third with a Strawberry Blonde.

Our club officers dominated the People’s Choice voting during the award fest (actually it was very very close), with awards going to myself, Justin, and Chris. Way to represent gentlemen!

Giving shout-outs to local Whatcom Country winners (including both club members and hopefully future club members), congratulations to Jeremy Reeves, Fred Larsen, Adam Blanquart, and McLean Johnson.  We had 13 medals go to Whatcom County brewers this year!