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January 9, 2017

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 Kings County Brewers Collective. Following the event, competition results will be posted at www.homebrewalley.com 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 Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 12:00 AM, EST and Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM, EST or else they will not be entered in our contest. Please note that Alewife is not a drop-off or mail-in location!

Prizes include:

Best of Show 1st Place: $100 gift certificate to Bitter & Esters
Best of Show 2nd & 3rd Place: $75 gift certificate to Bitter & Esters, Brooklyn Kitchen and/or other local homebrew shops
Brewer’s Choice Award: brew 15bbls of your winning recipe at Kings County Brewers Collective.

Kings County Brewers Collective

This award is chosen and presented by Tony, Pete and Zack of Kings County Brewers Collective and the awardee will be invited to brew 15bbls of their award winning beer at KCBC’s facility in Bushwick Brooklyn.

Categories: All beer, cider and mead will be judged as per the 2015 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.com

Judge Signup Form: http://www.homebrewalley.com/index.php?section=register&go=judge

Payment methods include Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal. PayPal payment can be made online.  NO CASH!

Good luck and we hope to see you there!


January 3, 2013

Homebrew Alley 7

****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.

Our current ideal schedule is:
Fri: judging 6:15pm-11:pm
Sat: judging 9:15 am
Hopefully it will not be necessary, but if we don’t have enough judges to complete the judging by Saturday evening we will add judging sessions on Sunday, followed by consecutive evenings of judging each weeknight thereafter until we complete all entries.
We will continue to monitor the storm and make announcements here as necessary.

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!

Prizes include:

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.

Brewers Choice Award

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!


December 28, 2012

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.

 


July 10, 2012

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.


November 16, 2011

We like this brief video on making beer featuring Long Island homebrew supply shop Karp’s owner, Alan Talman. The original video & accompanying article are from the Northport Patch and can be found hereKarp’s is located in East Northport (across the street from the LIRR Northport Station) and stocks a full assortment of homebrewing supplies for those of you that live on or near Long Island.