Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Calling all Home-brewer Flavor enthusists!

This month has been busy! I've been helping organize our 2nd Annual HomeBrew Flavor Challenge along with my home-brew club CHAOS and Nielsen-Massey, purveyor of fine vanilla and flavor extracts, located in Waukegan, Illinois.

If you like experimenting with your brews, this is the competition for you! There are two categories, Vanilla (29A) and Other Flavor (30A). Nielsen-Massey provides the extract flavor you choose to brew with. You'll determine the amount of flavoring you're adding in your beer recipe. The competition is BJCP sanctioned and open to any home-brewer 21 and older. You can brew any style of beer as long as you include the flavor you are registering. The competition consists of a first, second, and third place winners for each category along with an overall best of show.

The first place winners from 2013 are shown in the photos.
(top) 29A: “Peter The Great’s Baltic Porter” A Baltic Porter brewed with Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract, by Brad Pausha, with Square Kegs Brew Club.

(bottom) 30A: “Return Of Stoopid” A Belgian Tripel brewed with honey, spices and Orange Blossom Water, by Bob Brown, with HOPS Brew Club.

Available Vanilla Extracts and Flavors include:

• Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
• Organic Fair-trade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
• Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
• Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
• Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract
• Pure Vanilla Extract (Proprietors Blend)
• Pure Vanilla Extract
• Pure Almond Extract
• Pure Chocolate Extract
• Pure Coffee Extract
• Pure Lemon Extract
• Pure Orange Extract
• Pure Peppermint Extract
• Orange Blossom Water
• Rose Water
The competition website is now open through Oct. 5 and (2) 12oz brown beer bottles must be submitted between Nov. 14-24 to locations outlined on the registration site. This is a perfect time to try something new and experiment with flavors! Space is limited to only 100 entries, so sign-up now!

If you have more questions about the competition please contact 
(Photo credits Nielsen-Massey)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Design Beer Geek out!

I'm a total sucker for good design and craft beer. I just saw this post on twitter this morning and had to do a proper shout out on the blog. This is AMAZAPANTS! I only wish I had thought of it first.... and I'd really love a 426 right now, yum!

Read all about the beer can design here from AdWeek. Cheers!
(Photo credit Txaber)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Home is where the hops are!

The Chicago Tribune, "RedEye" did a feature story on my homebrew club, CHAOS
(Chicago Homebrewers Alchemist of Suds). If you're in the Chicago area pick up
a free copy today, if not you can read all about it online here. Cheers!

Nancy Brew investgates:
- Are you a homebrewer? If so, what are you brewing this Fall?
- Just a connoisseur... What's your favorite go to Fall ale?