Well, a new year is upon us as well as a fresh brewing competition season. Each year, Pacific Gravity honors the brewer (or team) with the most homebrew competition wins. This year we are adding a new competition: the First Annual Los Angeles Belgian Beer Challenge, with entries due at the end of February. Also, keep your sites on the Finest City homebrew competition, hosted by QUAFF with entries due in late January, and the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition with open registration from February 2-8.
Before our Brewer of the Year season opens, there are two local competitions you might want to enter: the Doug King Memorial competition hosted by the Maltose Falcons, and the 3rd Annual Romancing the Beer Competition, held by the Thousand Oaked Homebrewers. Both of these offer Pro-Am opportunities with various local breweries.
Doug King entries are due January 10th and can be dropped off at the Culver City or Eagle Rock brewshops. Details can be found at http://www.maltosefalcons.com/comps/2015DKM. They also need judges on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM at the Disabled American Veterans Hall 6543 Corbin Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
Entries for Romancing the Beer are due January 31st, and can be dropped off at the Eagle Rock or Woodland Hills shop (but not Culver City). Full details can be found at http://www.toaked.com/competition/ . They need judges Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Enegren Brewing Co., 680 Flinn Ave, #31 Moorpark, CA 93021.
If you are hard-core competition junkie, there are a bazillion other contests to enter. The AHA has their master list at http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/aha-bjcp-sanctioned-competition/.
2015 Pacific Gravity Brewer of the Year Competition Schedule
|Late January||America’s Finest City (due at the Culver City Shop)|
|February 2-8th||AHA Nationals (Pre-registration opens)|
|March||AHA Nationals entries due|
|May||California State Fair|
|July||Los Angeles County Fair|
|September||Pacific Brewers Cup|
|October||California State Homebrew Competition|