Homebrew Alley VII took place this weekend at Alewife, in Long Island City, NY. Despite blizzard conditions dedicated judges came from far and wide to evaluate the staggering 763 entries. Judging began on Friday, February 8th and continued on February 9th and 10th until every entry was judged. On Sunday afternoon our Best of Show panel sat down to judge the winning entries from each category. On the panel were John Naegle, Mary Izett, Lee Jacobson and Jon Voris.
For the first time in the history of Homebrew Alley the three best of show beers were non-gluten beverages. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all the judges, stewards, organizers and sponsors who made this event such a big success.
|Best of Show:||Robert Slanzi||Other Mead (Ghost Chili Mead)|
|Second Place:||Hayley Jensen||Standard Cider and Perry|
|Third Place:||Brian Kulbacki||Specialty Beer (Gluten-Free APA Sorghum Beer)|
|Hon. Mention:||Jeff Quinn||Classic Rauchbier|
|Brewers Choice Award:||Jeff Quinn||Classic Rauchbier|
****WINTER WEATHER UPDATE****
Yes! We’re aware that there is a crazy storm headed for the New York Area. We’re monitoring the situation. Here’s the latest update:
As things have already been set in motion, we do not currently plan to postpone the judging. Worst case scenario, we will judge add a judging day on Sunday to make up for judges that couldn’t make it due to transportation issues, and hold the awards ceremony/party on Sunday instead of Saturday. If you can still make it, we sincerely urge you to join us if it is safe for you to get yourself and your skills to Alewife Queens. Safety is our First, Last and most important concern so please do make responsible decisions especially when it comes to driving. We host this competition for the good of the homebrew community. Accidents are not in the good of the homebrew community. If you don’t feel that you can make it here safely, then do not attemp to do so. A silver lining in this cloud is that the 7 train is now scheduled to run on Saturday! The 7 train stop at Vernon Boulevard is two short blocks from Alewife.
If any judges or stewards find themselves stranded at the competition due to weather we can make acommodations to stay with local judges until weather improves, mass transit cooperates, roads clear, sobriety returns, etc. Again no one should put themselves or others at risk.
The NYC Homebrewers Guild will hold its seventh annual homebrew competition on February 9th, 2013 in one of New York’s newest craft beer havens, Alewife Queens (5-14 51st Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101). This is an AHA/BHCP Sanctioned event. All entrants will receive score sheets and commentary prepared by judges recognized by the BJCP.
Winners will be announced upon completion of the competition on the second floor dining area of Alewife Queens. All entrants and friends there-of are welcome to attend the ceremony. We intend to judge first flights on Friday night, February 8th and complete Best of Show judging by 6pm on Saturday, making way for an Award Ceremony and Party at Alewife through the evening. The party and celebration will be open to the public and does have a Facebook event page with more details. It is at the award ceremony that we will announce all winners, including the Best of Show and the Brewer’s Choice Award, sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery. Following the event, competition results will be posted at www.homebrewalley.org and on the NYCHG site: www.nychomebrew.com.
Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew on premise establishments, are not eligible. Read the full competition rules before entering your beers to ensure that your entries are properly submitted. Entries can be mailed in or dropped off at a variety of locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Westchester. Entries should be dropped off or mailed to arrive between Friday, January 18 and Friday, February 1 or else they will not be entered in our contest. Please note that Alewife is not a drop-off or mail-in location!
Best of Show 1st Place: $100 gift certificate to Brooklyn Homebrew Best of Show 2nd & 3rd Place: $75 gift certificate to Bitter & Esters and Brooklyn Kitchen Brewmaster’s Choice Award: brew 15bbls of your winning recipe at Sixpoint Brewery.
This award is chosen and presented by the Head Brewer (Pete Dickson) and the Brewmaster (Jan Matysiak) of Sixpoint and the awardee will be invited to brew 15bbls of their award winning beer at Sixpoint’s facility in Redhook Brooklyn.
Categories: All beer, cider and mead will be judged as per the 2008 BJCP style guidelines. For full guidelines, go to: http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php
Judges and competition organizers will not reclassify entries so please choose styles carefully. Styles may be collapsed and combined at the discretion of the competition organizers. Entry Fee: $7 per entry.
Online Registration: http://www.homebrewalley.org
Judge Signup Form: http://homebrewalley.org/judge.php
PayPal payment is preferable and can be made online. If you prefer to pay by check or money order, please make payment out to Chris Cuzme and include with your entries. NO CASH!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day we’ll be accepting entries into the Guild Only stout competition at the March 19th meeting at Burp Castle. That gives everyone two months to get their beers ready so plan your brews now.
1. Current dues-paying members can submit 1 entry each. You must bring two bottles per entry to the March meeting. If time, judge availability and number of entries are managable then the judging will be done during the meeting. If we have a great many entries and/or very few non-competing judges then judging will be conducted at another date, tbd by club steering committee.
2. All entries must include the recipe and specify the category and subcategory of the entry. Eligible categories include all of category 13 (Stouts) or any other category where stout is allowed as a base beer (examples include, but are not restricted to: a Belgian Stout in Category 16E, a wood aged stout, a smoke stout in category 22B, a wood aged stout in category 22C, a cherry stout in category 20, etc,).
3. Though this is not an officially sanctioned BJCP competition we will be following all BJCP rules with regards to judges. So if you’re entering one of a specialty stout be sure to supply the judges with the appropriate information about the underlying style, specialty ingredients and/or processes per the BJCP style guidelines. This will give guidance to the judges and the recipes of the winning beers will be posted on the website after the competition.
3. Judging will be done on a best of show basis with 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes awarded, regardless category. 1st prize will recieve a $75 gift certificate to a local homebrew shop (shop tbd), 2nd and 3rd place will receive accolades in addition to prizing tbd.
4. Registration will close at 11:59 PM on Thursday March 14th. The number of entries registered will determine whether we judge the entries on the spot on March 19th or whether we scheduled a seperate more formal judging process at a
later date. We hope to announce that before the meeting. You can register your beers here:
4. Standard BJCP rules apply for bottle entry e.g. Bring two unmarked bottles at least 12 ounces in size. Have an entry form rubberbanded to each bottle that includes your name, beer category and subcategory, applicable notes about special ingredients processes if necessary.
Luck of the Irish to all members submitting entries.
Once again, the NYCHG is sponsoring the BJCP tasting exam. For more info on the BJCP please refer to: http://www.bjcp.org/. If you would like to be placed on the class mailing list and/or reserve a seat, please talk to Vlad at our January meeting.
Classes start Tuesday, February 26th from 6:30pm-9:00 at Jimmy’s No. 43 and will take place every Tuesday night leading up to the July 14th exam date. Classes will not take place on NYCHG monthly meeting nights or June 25th.
Classes are free of charge (see notes below for disclaimer) to NYCHG and WHO members in good financial standing. If you would like to participate, please let me know.
A couple of things to note this year:
1. Class size is limited to 30 students. First come, first serve. The 30 person cap does not apply to active BJCP judges who would like to attend and participate or lead a discussion. Remember, judges earn .2 non-judging experience points for every class attended.
2. Though classes are free of charge, we all split the cost of the beer that we sample and discuss at each class.
3. Participants bring in examples of the beers that we discuss in class. A six pack of 12 ounce bottles for each style discussed is recommended.
4. The new BJCP exam structure focuses more on tasting and evaluation skills than ever before. As a response to the new format, we expect to judge more homebrew in class.
5. We are once again limited to 12 exam seats. We will reserve nine seats for new BJCP candidates and three seats for judges looking to advance. Details on how seats will be assigned are still being worked out.
Vlad will be at the January and February meetings and can answer questions in person.
Westchester Homebrewers Org. & NYC Homebrewers Guild Annual Picnic Date: Sunday, July 22 (rain or shine – we have a large pavilion) Time: 11 am to ??? Place: Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Metro North to Croton Harmon)
WHO and NYCHG cordially invite all tri-state area homebrewers and their families to our annual homebrew picnic.
What we provide: BBQ meat (hot dogs, burgers, chicken, etc), veggie burgers, corn on the cob, soda, ice, plates and cups and plenty of homebrew. Please bring: Homebrew, commercial beer and other beverages to share (we’ll have jockey box space if you’d like to bring a keg), a side dish, appetizer or dessert, and $10 per person (kids 10 & under are free) to cover costs ($15 if you don’t sign up in advance). Feel free to bring picnic blankets, chairs, frisbees, etc.
We will be using the park grill that is provided as well as renting a grill this year. However, there is limited cooking space – if you’d like to bring something that needs special cooking attention, please bring your own fire. Pre-cooked dishes or items that need a short cooking time are best. Please register so we get a good count for the purchase of all the goodies needed. Please register any & all friends and family that you would like to bring as well. Please check off your favorite BBQ meats, too.
SIGN UP HERE! This is a super event – beautiful park and lots of fun company! The park is easy to get to by car or train from NYC. We will arrange pick up transportation from the train station at two times only: 10:57 and 11:57 am. Please call or text Mary at 917-803-8566 with your train time & number in your party. There are taxis at the station for $8 if you are arriving at a later time. We will also transport you back to the train station for the return trip. Grand Central to Croton Harmon: departs 9:50 am, arrives 9:57 am/departs 10 am, arrives 10:57 am/departs 10:20 am, arrives 11:28 am/departs 10:50 am, arrives 11:33 am/departs 11 am, arrives 11:57 am.