Monday, May 27, 2013

The Bier Brauen Home Brew Competition

Homebrewers, add another event to your calendars, the second American Homebrewers Association sanctioned home brew competition in the state is in the planning stages so listen up! Most, if not all of you are aware of the Beehive Brew-off, which is slated to occur on August 3 - 4, 2013 at The Bayou (Registration for the Beehive Brewoff will open June 1, 2013 and will close on July 30th, 2013).

This new competition called the Bier Brauen and it's part of Grace Lutheran Church's annual Oktoberfest celebration, on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st. Event organizers will be accepting home brew entries from September 1st through September 14th at Grace Lutheran Church, 1815 East 9800 South in Sandy. The awards ceremony will be Saturday night (21st) at 6pm when the beer will be flowing and the German band is crank'n.

The emphasis will be on German-style brews, but many other beers will be accepted for judging as well. The limited categories that are in accordance to the BJCP 2008 Style Guidelines, are as follows.

Light Lager (1D and 1E only)
Pilsner (2A and 2B only)
European Amber Lager (3A and 3B)
Bock (5A, 5B, 5C and 5D only)
Kolsch (6C only)
English Pale Ale (8A, 8B, and 8C)
Stout (13A, 13B, 13C and 13E)
German Wheat and Rye Beer (15A, 15B, 15C and 15D)
Belgian and French Ale (16A, 16B, 16C and 16D only)
Dark Lager (4B and 4C only)
Amber Hybrid (7A and 7C only)
American Pale Ale (10A only)
India Pale Ale (14B and 14C only)
Specialty Beers (23A)

For more info contact Kevin Bartel; Bier Brauen Coordinator

Grace Lutheran's Oktoberfest is obviously a family friendly event. There will be a huge kiddie carnival, German food and beers, the band and a German marketplace. The day is set to wrap up with a professional fireworks show.


Michael Jackson mentioned in his New World Guide to Beer, that Martin Luther preferred homebrew over beer from commercial breweries, finding the latter to be “a curse for Germany.”

"Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep, whoever sleeps long, does not sin; Whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!"
-Martin Luther

Hmmm, sound like he's talking about me.....except for the no sin part.

Prost!

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