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Judgement Day

The homebrew club that I’m part of, GRAB (Grand River Area Brewers), recently held a friendly competition with the HOZERs (Hamilton Ontario Zymurgy Enthusiast Ring). I submitted three beers: An APA, a Stout (Vanilla Bourbon, brewed with Scott), and my LISP

There were four judges, Kevin Freer, Jason Stranak, Nate Ferguson, and me. It was not a BJCP sanctioned competition but it was run fairly similarly to one. I had never judged before so it was a real learning experience for me!

Some photos from the day:

Results for the competition.


Beer Advent Calendar

Who knew there was such a thing?

I mentioned in previous post that I’m a member of a homebrewers’ group called the SOBs. This group, and other similar groups, usually have meetings involving sampling and exchanges of various beer. “Beerjudge” of the SOBs came up with the idea of a beer advent calendar and with the help of “Deev-o” did an amazing job of organizing the entire event.

The concept was for 24 brewers to sign up and provide a beer for one day of the advent calendar. That would mean each brewer brewing a special beer and providing 24 bottles of it so that we could each take home one of each of the other brews.

My brew was one from a while ago that I called Hop Dam Harvest Ale. It was brewed with the Hallertau hops that I grow in my backyard and was brewed within the week after harvesting. It was a strong ale and perfect for a cold evening sipper by a fire.

The starting line up.

The event was great! Very kindly hosted by “The_mc”, we had some decent mild weather which allowed us to visit on the back deck and enjoy a fall Sunday afternoon. We sampled many different beers that people brought that were not involved in the advent calendar. All were excellent! I tried a (burnt?) mead, chocolate stout, hopped up amber ale… And a couple of others that I don’t quite recall. ūüėÄ

Once all the beers were organized we had a quick group shot of everybody in front of the beer and then we all descended like vultures in a very organized fashion to fill our boxes with everyone’s beer.

A bunch of SOBs. (Photo credit: Roger Beal)

Here is the list of beer that was brought home:

Beer Style    Beer Name
21B. Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer    Carobou
American Wheat    Bitter Harvest
SMaSH    sooner
Pumpkin Wit    Witty Pumpkin
American Stout    Chocosol Bourbon Stout
Coffee Oatmeal Breakfast Stout¬†¬† ¬†D’yermakin’ Me Breakfast
session ale    After Thought
Harvest Ale    Hop Dam Harvest Ale
Black Currant Wheat    You Wee Beastie!
Imperial Stout    The Fat Controller
Pineapple pale    Magnum PI
16E. Belgian Specialty Ale    Pomander
Northern English Brown    Off-Kilter
Spiced Rye Bread Ale    Two Loaves-a-loafing
Breakfast Stout    The Pudney V.2
ginger rosemary ale
Pumpkin Ale    The Long Sparge Dark Pumpkin Milk Ale
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ale
Fuller’s 1845 clone¬†¬† ¬†1845ish
Smoked Beer    Imperial Smoked Porter

The beer buffet!

Good clean fun and, as far as I know, nobody got hurt!

We start on December first with the sampling and taking notes to exchange with the other brewers. You’ll definitely be updated…