On June 2nd I was lucky enough to participate in the 7th Annual Extreme Homebrew Challenge at Jose Pistola’s in Philadelphia sponsored by Home Sweet Homebrew (a great little homebrew shop in Philly that has been there since 1986). I was invited to the competition based on my placing of my BlackEyePA at the Philadelphia HOPS BOPS homebrew competition last year also sponsored by Home Sweet Homebrew.
The event was hosted by Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and George Hummel & Nancy Rigberg of Home Sweet Homebrew. The winner of the entire event would have his/her beer brewed by Sam at Dogfish Head to be entered into the ProAM competition at the next GABF (Great American Beer Festival). The photo here shows me holding the Philly Beer Week Hammer of Glory with George and Nancy!
The great part about this competition was that I (along with my wife, Lauren) was able to pour my beers for the general public who was there so I could get some real feedback from a whole bunch of different people other than family and friends (not that I don’t appreciate their input)!
Throughout the 3 hour event we probably went through about 40 bottles of the three styles that I had brought. There was “The Fox Says..Yum” which was a Belgian Amber, “Shot in the Dark” a Coffee Porter, and “Black EyePA” a Cascadian Dark Ale. It was great talking to the people and answering questions about how much hops were in this one or what types of malt was used in that one.
When people paid their admission they were given 2 tickets to vote for who’s beers they liked the best. At the end of the night I was the lucky recipient of 3rd place for who had the most votes for their favorite brewer/beers! I was also very happy to find out that I’ve already been invited back as at least a People’s Choice contender, though I’ll need to place again in the HOPS BOPS competition to qualify for the Dogfish Head again. I think I’ll need to make a more extreme brew this time because, after all, it is Sam from Dogfish Head who does the choosing
Besides getting 3rd place in the People’s Choice, I think the highlight of the night was when people kept coming over to my table and asking for the Black EyePA without really looking at what the beers were called. Somebody was spreading the word about that one (my favorite of the three) so I’m very glad that everybody seemed to enjoy it and the others as well.
Stay tuned for another post or two regarding what else we did while at Philly Beer Week this year!