It’s that time of year again, SFBW! And your club is invited to the most popular event (besides the gala that is) the 2nd Annual BC Homebrew Competition! Last year, Queers Makin’ Beers won it all with their Yaaasss Kolsch. Who will run away with it this year?
Compete with your homebrew club and come prepared with the gear and ingredients necessary to brew a batch onsite that you think can hold its own and reign supreme. Please allow your team to have enough time to set-up, brew, and pack up.
Take your beer home, ferment and bottle them, then bring your masterpiece back to the brewery five weeks later to be judged by a BJCP judged panel. We will then hold an awards ceremony where your beers will be put on display for guests to taste and rate for an additional "peoples choice" award.
Entry submission window March 15 to April 1, 2018
Closed session judging will be held April 5, 2018
Awards Ceremony held April 7, 2018
If your club’s beer is crowned the champion, not only will you get a trophy and bragging rights, we will also host your club at the brewery to replicate and scale it up for production to be sold at our brewery and locally on tap! But wait, there's more....
Our friends at Freewheel are hosting a similar competition and after the winners' beers are scaled up for production, we are going to have a Best of the Bay showdown! (Date TBA)
This event is Rain or Shine so please be prepared and bring all the necessary equipment (IE Rain Jackets, 10x10 Pop-up Tents, etc). Please let us know in advance if you need any assistance in this department.
Who can compete?
Homebrewers! Official clubs get preference but all are encouraged to participate until our limit of 20 clubs/teams is reached. There is a $40 entry fee per club this year to help us cover operational costs. Please feel free to bring your family and friends as this is a fun, all-day event filled with beer, games, music, food, and good company.
Specialty Beer Week Collaboration Beer Releases:
Origin Brewing, Scottish Wee-Heavy
Good Hop, Black Rye IPA
Special NEIPA can release collaboration with Morgan Territory and Hop Dogma
Will I have access to water?
Yes, you will have access to water to brew with, for your chillers, and for any other purpose! Please bring your own hoses.
Will I have access to electricity?
Yes, there will be electricity on-site to run your pumps or any other small devices. Please bring your own extension cords.
How long will I have to brew?
You will have from 9am-5pm, please plan your brew accordingly!
What styles can I brew?
You can brew any 2015 BJCP style you’d like although we would discourage lagers due to the short time from brew to bottle. Please keep in mind that your beer needs to be bottled and submitted for judging by April 1, no fooling!
This year we are limiting the number of clubs entering to 20. If this is something that seems of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to RSVP by 2/15. Spots will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis and official clubs will have priority over "teams". For more information check out our official SFBW listing AND please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org (please put "ATTN: SFBW Competition in the subject line")
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there! 🍻