Amateur brewers, gather round. Let us clue you in on Seattle’s Reuben’s Brews excellent homebrew challenge, now in its third year. It’s called the Hop Idol Homebrew Contest, and the winner of the competition will have the opportunity to brew his or her winning beer with the Reuben’s Brews team in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. That beer will then be released at the brewery’s tasting rooms in May, distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest and entered into the Washington Beer Awards and the Pro-Am category at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival. It doesn’t get much cooler.
Last year’s competition had over 116 entries from as near as Seattle to as far as Alabama. Entries must arrive between Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, 2019. The Hop Idol Homebrew Contest accepts hop-forward brews, and contestants may enter up to five different beers. The program is a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certified homebrew competition. All entries are blind tasted and scored against the BJCP style guidelines for which they are entered, focusing on hoppy styles. Judging will take place on Saturday, March 2, with a winner announced on Friday, March 8.
Each submission requires a $5 entry fee, which will then be donated to support Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute. For complete contest rules and guidelines, as well as required entry recipe forms and shipping address, just visit this link.