A Little Home Brew Anyone?

by Jill Sites on July 19, 2010

Judges: Rebekah Zaveloff, Mike Springer, Mike Kennedy, Jayson Sites, Joe Hinman, and the Ann Arbor Beer Wench, Elizabeth Tarry-Crowe

Yesterday was another monumental day in my life at the shop. I held my first ever Home Brew Competition, and it went quite well, all things considered. All things being I don’t brew, and thus didn’t think things out perfectly before setting deadlines and announcing the contest itself. However, a good number of brewers came through, and we had enough entries and judges for a particularly fun Sunday.

We opened this event to the public, which was not only fun, but highly entertaining for me. Meandering between the judges and the public was fascinating–it goes without saying the two entities did NOT agree on everything. Out of the 16 entries, I have to say I was really impressed with the quality. Sure, there were one or two that were not stand outs. But mostly, everything was not only drinkable, but rather impressive.

The Trophy: I Brewed the Championship Beer

Trophies went to People’s Choice (a Pilsner) and the judges “Best in Show” (A Strong Scotch Ale) with a Mexican Lager and American IPA coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. But my favorite part of the tasting/judging? A clear “fight” between a husband and wife, both who brewed an American Pale Ale. The judges loved hers, the rest of the people enjoyed his more…for two hours, all we heard was, “anyone have any more of the wife??”

Eavesdropping on the judging

J judging the winner

Again, I’m not a brewer…but if anything was going to inspire me to start, this was it. J and I have tossed around the idea over, and over, and over again. He has a head for math and science, and I…well, clearly, I’m at home in the kitchen. And yesterday has us contemplating what we could do differently, and the fun we’d likely have with new brews cooking in our basement.

And the judging is over

After all…isn’t that the next step in any good relationship? If you can brew together…

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jayme July 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Yesterday was SO fun – I’ll be there to help you out for the 2nd Annual! Congrats to you on another awesome event!

Eric Rosen July 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm

This sounds like an amazing event! SO WISH we could have been there!

Summer July 19, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Thanks Jill! I wish we could have been there. I really dig events like this that come about out of a bit of interest and some people putting their heads together. Great job pulling off the first annual—look forward to more! The trophy is AWESOME by the way!!

Oh and “the wife” does have more beer to enjoy! HAHAHA!

Jill Sites July 19, 2010 at 11:56 pm

We’ll have to get you guys to judge the next one! There was one beer (not a home brew) that you would have loved–Wolverine Lager out of Ann Arbor. Totally up your alley.

Jill Sites July 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Thanks Jayme! For a non-beer drinker, you were a total rock star. ;)

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