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Roaring Fork Beer Company launches first Homebrew Competition

Jessica Cabe
jcabe@postindependent.com
The Roaring Fork Beer Company's Jerod Day
Colleen O’Neil / Post Independent file |

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Entries will be accepted through March 14, and winners will be announced at Roaring Fork Beer Co.’s One Year Anniversary Party on March 28. You need not be present to win.

To enter, visit bit.ly/16u14Ei and find the blog entry on the event. There is an entry fee of $5 per beer, and up to five entries will be taken per person.

Jeremy West, president of the homebrew club the Roaring Fork High Altitude Mashers, has been waiting for a local opportunity to enter his beer in a competition.

So when the Roaring Fork Beer Company (RFBC) in Carbondale announced its first annual Homebrew Competition, giving the winner the opportunity to brew on its system and have his or her beer tapped in its tasting room, West knew right away he was going to enter.

“There’s been talk from various local breweries about doing this sort of thing for a while,” he said. “None of them have actually gotten around to doing something like this until this one. Any local competition I can help support, I definitely want to do that.”

RFBC’s first annual Homebrew Competition is an American Homebrew Association (AHA) supported event. Participants are able to submit up to five different beers through March 14, following the rules and guidelines set forth by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The winner will be able to brew his or her winning beer on RFBC’s commercial brew system with professional brewers, have his or her winning beer tapped in the tasting room and be entered into the Pro-Am Competition at Great American Beer Fest. There will also be second and third place prizes to be determined. Winners will be announced on March 28 at RFBC’s first anniversary party.

Jerod Day, assistant brewer at RFBC, said the idea for the competition came as a way to grow the brewery’s involvement in the community.

“We’d just been thinking about different ideas, something to do,” he said. “It’s always fun to get people in the valley involved, and we figured there were a lot of home brewers out there.”

While participants do not have to be from the valley, Day said the competition is geared toward locals.

“Our main goal when we did it was, locally, to get people involved,” he said.

Day said each participant has to follow the guidelines set forth by the BJCP for each style of beer he or she brews. For example, if someone wants to brew an IPA, he or she has to follow the BJCP’s IPA guidelines. Beers will be judged first within their style categories, so there will be a winning IPA, a winning English pale ale, etc. Then, judges will choose the best out of each category’s winners, and that will be the “Best in Show” beer that gets brewed and tapped at RFBC and entered at Great American Beer Fest.

West, who has been brewing for about 11 years, said he plans to enter at least two beers in the competition.

“One I plan on entering is a new recipe that I made up,” he said of a lager. “The other one I brew fairly frequently; it’s a mild ale.”

Wes MacCachran, also a member of the Roaring Fork High Altitude Mashers, has been brewing for 30 years. He said he’ll probably enter at least three beers.

“I have a lot of beer, so I’m just going to be taking from some stock,” he said, adding that he’ll most likely enter an American pale ale, German bock and Scottish ale. “It’s fun to share with my home brewing buddies. It’s also very enticing that the winner will be able to brew on their system.”

So far, Day said, no entries have been received since the competition was announced on Jan. 27. But it takes about a month to produce beer, so he’s expecting to get more entries as time goes on.

“As for now, we’re waiting to see how many entries we get,” he said. “It seems like we’ve got a really good response for it.’


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