Brew Bros hops & Sprockets totally biased homebrew competition!



We’ve heard your plea a thousand times: “Brew Bros, oh sweet Brew Bros! When are you gonna host a homebrew competition where people are only gonna bring you beers you like?” Well, the answer is: now…ish. So start brewing your beers!

What are you brewing? Well, we want hoppy beers.

That’s right. Hoppy beers.

What does THAT mean? Let’s back up a bit. Have you ever entered a beer in a competition that you thought was a great beer, but it got knocked for not meeting a certain style guideline? Here’s your chance to get the recognition you deserve! In this competition, we don’t really care about style. We want a hoppy beer. Maybe you have a perfectly crafted IPA, or maybe you have a bastardized version of multiple styles. We don’t care. We want to try it.

Okay, so we care a LITTLE bit. When you fill out the registration form, you’ll be prompted to select a style. Pick something close to whatever it is you brewed. This helps the stewards place the beers in flights. You know, so we don’t drink a palate crushing 14% ABV hop monster right before we judge a 4% session something-or-other.

Believe it or not, we have a somewhat structured approach to judging this. Below, you’ll meet our judges, and you’ll learn what they like in a hoppy beer, and what hoppy means to them. In this competition, you won’t necessarily be brewing to style; instead, you’ll be brewing to the totally biased palates of our judges!

butt first, the rules


This competition is open to homebrewers in Kansas. We are judging beer; no other beverages will be eligible. Beers must be brewed at home. Group entries are allowed. Beers brewed or packaged in a commercial setting of any kind—including BOP establishments—are not eligible.

There will be a fee of $8.00 per entry.

An entry consists of two 12 oz bottles from the same batch, containing 10 to 14 ounces each, with the printed Entry ID form from reggiebeer.com affixed separately to each with a rubber band. The bottles must be smooth sided, plain, brown, unmarked, and free of labels or any other identifying features. Caps must be a solid color with no decorations or identifying marks. Swing top style bottles will not be accepted, nor will bottles with distinctively colored caps.

One entrant may submit up to two entries.

Entries are not considered complete until the entry fees and required paperwork have been accepted. Entry fees are non-refundable. The bottles, their contents, and all associated paperwork become the property of Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets once submitted and will not be returned.

There will be a first, second, and third place winner selected from the entries by point value. Each judge will also pick a personal favorite from the entries to award an honorable mention.

Winning entrants must claim their prizes in person, during business hours, at Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets, 1110 Laramie St., Manhattan, KS, 66502. Prizes will not be mailed to the winners.

When registering a beer, select the style that the entry most closely resembles. This is so that the stewards know in which flight to place the entry. If there is any ingredient other than barley, hops, water, or yeast, or if the beer has been soured or inoculated with other cultures, those ingredients must be indicated during registration. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. Our judges don’t like surprises.

Registration opens February 14th, 2019, and closes March 4th, 2019. Entries will be accepted from February 28th, 2019, to March 4th, 2019.

Entries must be delivered to Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets, 1110 Laramie St, Manhattan, KS, 66502. Entries must be delivered during business hours. Mail-in entries are accepted; bear in mind, however, that Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This means that an entry scheduled to arrive during a day we are closed may sit on a truck or in a warehouse for a day or two longer. Plan appropriately; we are not responsible for the handling of entries not in our possession.

Entries will be judged on March 12th, 2019. The winners will be announced on March 16th, 2019.

 

now, meet our judges!


Clint McAllister

Co-owns/Operates Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets, listens to metal, has a beard

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Aaron Thornton

Co-owns/Operates Brew Bros Hops & Sprockets, eats old Chapstick, is better than Brandon Gunn at Mario Kart

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Brandon Gunn

Does something for Kansas Territory Brewing Company, hunts stuff, isn’t very good at Mario Kart

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Matt McRoberts

Works for Little Apple Toyota Honda, then rides bikes and brews beer—usually at the same time

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Shawn Howard

Brews beer for Little Apple Brewing Company, pets dogs, is often covered in fruit

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The people that are doing all the real work, our stewards


Dane “The Dane Train” Jasperson

Kenna “Don’t Give Me A Nickname” Jasperson

Darren “Not The Salsa” Ortega

Jessica “Lady Gravy” Thornton

 

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We look forward to trying all your beers!

Seriously. We only set up this competition so that people would pay us to drink beer.