Bierwerks Brewery, in Woodland Park, is hosting the second annual American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned event for holiday beers. Entries will be accepted for one category only – 21.B, (Spice, Herb and Vegetable) Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer. This should give you enough advanced notice to put together a beer and have it submitted by Dec. 15th.
What is Christmas Beer? This is one broad category. Ales and lagers, spices and dried fruits – this beer can be anything that recalls the flavors and scents of the holidays. According to style guidelines, these beers are often amber or darker, leaning towards the malty end of the spectrum. Spices and other adjuncts can range from molasses to mint to spruce. A specific description can be found on the Beer Judge Certification Program web site here: Christmas Beer. The BJCP describes it this way, in brief – “A stronger, darker, spiced beer that often has a rich body and warming finish suggesting a good accompaniment for the cold winter season.”
You must turn in two bottles and an entry fee of $5. Bottles must be standardized to the current AHA competition requirements: 10-14 ounce bottles with no paper or inked labels or distinguishing marks on the bottle identifying the brewer. Each of your two bottles entry must have identical Bottle ID labels attached with rubber bands and each entry must be accompanied by a completed Entry Recipe Form.
Judging will be made in accordance with AHA and BJCP standards. Prizes will be awarded to the brewers of the top four beers. (Because it’s the holidays, and hey, we’re feeling generous.) You need not be present to win.
Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to the brewery between Dec. 10 and Dec. 15. Send entries to:
Holiday Homebrew Contest
c/o BierWerks Brewery
121 E. Midland Avenue
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Please make checks payable to organizer Kristin Taylor.
If you are closer to the Denver area, entries are being accepted at The Brew Hut (Dry Dock Brewing) from Dec. 10-15.
The Brew Hut
15120 E. Hampden Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014
Bierwerks is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 24 (Midland Ave) and Fairview Street, across from the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.
Beers will be judged Dec. 17, followed by a special brewers and drinkers holiday party at 6pm at BierWerks. Again, you need not be present to win.
For further information call 719-248-4866