Our club is hosting a homebrew competition tomorrow as part of the Fiesta Del Sol, a festival going on in central park in Hannibal MO. We have about twenty entries lined up, the format is for festival-goers to taste each entry and vote for their favorites. We also have three celebrity judges (Brian Brei from Goose island, a brewer from Cathedral Square Brewery in StL, and a couple others). We’ll have a prize for People’s favorite, and one for Celebrities’ Choice. $150 gift certs to the LHBS in Quincy IL, not too shabby!
After the contest (12-2), we are helping pour beer for the local distributor, Goose island products including Bourbon County stout, Sophie and Matilda. Theres four bands playing bluegrass, blues and folk, Ingrid Croce is here and a chef is serving some of her recipes including shortrib sliders. A farmers market will be set up as well, and theres an art fair downtown.
Anyway, the purpose of this event as far as our club is concerned, is to continue to bring craft beer to the attention of our little burgh, and to let people know what fine products our club members are churning out. We’ve got a great variety of styles, including a hard cider, a couple of gruits, Berlinner weisse, Flanders red, German pils, doppelbock, dunkelwiezen, BDS, amber, IPAs, wheat beers, Cali Common and ESB.
If you’re in the area, come on down! If you aren’t, be jealous!