8th Annual New England Regional Homebrew Competition

HBClogoThe 8th Annual New England Regional Homebrew Competition is slated for Saturday October 19th in Nashua NH. This is a BJCP sanctioned competition whose proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society; for the past two years over $6000 has been donated!

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals and prizes will be awarded in all 28 BJCP categories, including beer, mead, and cider.  Prizes will also be awarded to the Brewer of the Year, Mead Maker of the Year, Cider Maker of the Year, and overall Best of Show from all 28 BJCP categories. This is a 2x12oz bottle competition.

The entry window will open on Friday September 13th. Like last year they are capping the number of entries to 450 and the entry fee is $7.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR — entry payments will only be accepted via PayPal. Once payments are received for 450 entries, the link to register new entries will be disabled. Entries that “sneak in” after the 450-entry cap will be refunded. Also like last year, entries are expected to reach the cap in a matter of a few days, so it is strongly advised you pay for your entry as soon as you register.

The website is being updated, but the rules from last year remain unchanged and many returning sponsors have been lined up; the direct shipping address for entries is also the same. For more information please check-out bfd.org/nerhbc, and good luck.  Cheers!

2013 AHA Learn to Homebrew Day

2013 AHA Learn to Homebrew Day

If you’ve been thinking about getting into the hobby now’s your chance. Learn to Homebrew Day is one of the best ways to teach or learn, depending on your experience level. This year’s event takes place Saturday, November 2. If you, your club, local homebrew shop or favorite brewery is hosting an event, you can register online to let everyone know. And, if you are just trying to find the right place to celebrate, check out the event list.

Belgian Specialty Ale UPDATE

Belgian Specialty Ale UPDATE

A couple of weeks ago I had my good friend Peter over to brew up some Belgian Specialty Ale. Peter likes Belgian Ales and wanted to learn about the brewing process so I came up with a recipe.

Today I transferred the beer for the last time to let it clear after dry hopping for aroma. I have to say, it smells amazing. I wish there was smell-o-vision for the web so I could share it with you. After the beer clears it will be ready to keg, and within a couple of days from that, it will be time to drink. I think it smells very “Belgiany,” fruity esters, spicy phenols, mild hop aroma, moderate sweetness…the color is a dark coppery red. If it tastes anything like it smells I bet it will be delicious!