Hello fellow Home Brewers!
The Beer Barons of Milwaukee are very pleased to announce the eighth annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition will be taking place on February 17th and 18th, 2017. This competition is held in conjunction with the 19th annual Midwinter Brew Fest at the Milwaukee Ale House, and is a circuit qualifying event for both the Master Championship of Amateur Brewers (MCAB) and the Midwest Home Brewer of the Year. The competition will be limited to 850 entries and will be using the 2015 BJCP guidelines. All entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Judges, Professional Brewers, or Mead Judges.
Participant, judging, and steward registration for the competition will be coordinated through the web site at http://www.midwinterhbc.com. Entries will be accepted through February 4th at 14 different locations in WI, IL, & MN. Shipped entries should be sent to Northern Brewer in West Allis, WI. Please refer to the web site for drop off location cut off dates and addresses.
1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be issued for each category. Each award will consist of a medal and a prize. Beer Best of Show, Beer Best of Show Runner-Up, Mead Best of Show, and Cider Best of Show will receive engraved barrel head awards.
This year we are again very happy to have two professional ramp ups and a pro am qualifier affiliated with the competition. One Belgian Session Ale entries (BJCP category 24A, 24B, & 26A) will be chosen to be ramped up by the Milwaukee Brewing Company for serving at the Milwaukee Ale House. Also one Mead entry (BJCP categories M1, M2, M3, M4B, and M4C) will be chosen by Moonlight Meadery to qualify for their 2017 Pro Am Competition. Finally the White Winter Winery will choose one cider entry (BJCP categories C1 & C2) to be made at their brewery.
The awards ceremony will again take place at Revere’s Wells Street Tavern on February 18th at 6:30 PM central time. The awards ceremony is open to the public. Results will be posted to the competition website shortly after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.
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Additional details can be found on the competition web site, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages. Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities can be found on the Volunteers page at http://midwinterhbc.com/volunteers. Please pass this information on to your fellow home brewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration page at http://midwinterhbc.com/contact
Thanks and best of luck to all that enter!
Bruce Buerger - Competition Coordinator