Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Suggestions for Summer Beers?

The taps are drying up quickly and I'm looking for suggestions for my next 3-4 brews. Not looking to make any dark ales...nice, crisp refreshing summer beers would be nice. IPA? IIPA? Belgian Pale Ale? Wheat? Kolsch? Belgian Blond?

What's you favorite style of beer to drink when it is 80 degrees outside or when the sun is setting after a hot day?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Heading Back to the Great American Beer Festival!!!

I had a handful of beers entered into a home brew competition that was held a couple of weeks ago in Fort Collins and I won some medals. I won two gold medals for my Western Slope Peach Saison and Wampum Baltic Porter. I also won two silver medals for Micah's Blonde Ale and Pebonkas Imperial Stout. It was a pretty rewarding experience to hear my name called for all of the beers with my family there with me. Better than the medals was the fact that one of the local breweries chose my beer to brew for the 2013 Great American Beer Festival! This is now the 2nd time that this has happened in two years and it is incredible. C.B. & Potts (a brewpub chain) chose to brew my Wampum Baltic Porter at a commercial scale for entry into the ProAm competition. Before they announced this, another professional brewer came up to me and told me that they also wanted to brew my Western Slope Peach Saison at their brewery for the competition. Unfortunately, only one ProAm entry is allowed per amateur brewer! The two brewers flipped a coin for the entry and CB&P won. Learning about that from the other brewer was very rewarding. There were 600 beers in the competition, so I feel really good about how mine fared. 

To find out more about the Great American Beer Festival and the ProAm competition, check out this website: . With 50,000 people and 700's a big deal.

I'll keep everyone posted on the brew date and how the beer turns out. A date has not been decided for the brew day yet, but hopefully it will be in the next couple of months. Once again, this is an exciting opportunity and this year I'm hoping to medal with the big boys on a national stage!