Upland Announces the 2013 UpCup Homebrew Competition

It looks like Upland Brewing has slated June 8th, 2013 as the date for this year’s celebrated homebrew competition. Entries are judged in accordance with BJCP Style Guidelines by certified beer judges. Upland has been very inviting to homebrewers that aspire to be something more. Each year the winner of this competition wins a trophy, and gets to brew a batch of their winning beer with Caleb Staton using Upland Brewing’s equipment. The beer is then served at their location in Bloomington, and also their location at the Tasting Room in Indianapolis. The UpCup was my first homebrew competition, and remains as my favorite to date. Don’t miss out on this awesome event. Upland’s website does not currently have any specific details on the event yet, but they will come soon. My advice is to start brewing your batches now. You only get one entry, so make it your best!

Good luck to all participants!

2013 AHA National Homebrew Competition

AHA National Homebrew Competition - GoldIt’s time to start thinking about what you are going to brew for the American Homebrewer’s Association National Homebrew Competition this year. Which of your favorite beers take the longest to mature? What styles do you currently have conditioning? What beers can you have ready in one month’s time? These are all good questions to ask, but the most important thing you can do now is GET STARTED! Online registration for the AHA National Homebrew Competition begins Tuesday February 26th. All entries are due between March 18th and March 27th. First Round Competitions begin March 29th and come to a close on April 21st. If you haven’t submitted a homebrew to a competition in the past, this is an excellent way to improve your brewing skills! A BJCP certified judge will rate your brew according to style on appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression. This is a valuable tool that I’ve found can break a brewer’s ego, while at the same time help guide brewers toward honing their craft. I’ll post more information as it is available, but you can always stay up to date on this competition at the AHA website.

Online Registration 1 p.m. MST, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Entries Due March 18-March 27, 2013
First Round Competitions March 29-April 21, 2013

Still Time To Reserve A Brew For Scottish Fest

We’ve still got a few seats open for this weekend’s Scottish Fest. I’ve updated my list of suggested brews if you are having a hard time finding the right one to enter. They all fit the style and should be available at most liquor stores:

Belhaven McCallum’s Stout Scottish Ale
Sam Adams Irish Red
Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale
Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale
Harpoon Celtic Ale
Bluegrass Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
Murphy’s Irish Red Ale
Black Swan Scottish Ale
Saranac Irish Red Ale
Belhaven St. Andrew’s Ale

All entries must fit within BJCP guidelines for style. There are some great Scottish ales out there, but finding them may be tricky. Remember that Irish Red ales also fit the style. Here are links to Beer Advocate’s listing by subcategory: Scottish Ale (includes 60/-, 70/-, and 80/-), Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, and Irish Red Ales.

Behind The Scenes at the Brewer’s Cup


I got the opportunity to help sort out all of the entries for The Brewer’s Cup Competition today! What a great experience. I had no idea how much work went into making this event happen. Literally hundreds, if not thousands of beers were submitted to Sun King Brewery. Each entry was numbered and entered into an Excel spreadsheet to keep them all straight. The stewards had cases of beer lined up like the opening text sequence in Star Wars. As a matter of fact, the beer you see in these pictures was really just the tip of the iceberg. Judging will take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on July 6-7, 2012. See you there 🙂

Registration Window Open For Indiana Brewer’s Cup

Registration has begun for the Indiana Brewer’s Cup at the State Fair. Three bottles per entry will need to be submitted to Sun King Brewery between now and June 22nd along with a $10 entry fee which can be submitted here. Each bottle will need to have a completed bottle ID form affixed to it with a rubber band. Once submitted, each exhibitor will receive two tickets to the Brewers’ Cup Award Reception on Saturday, July 7 at 6:00 pm on the Indiana State Fairgrounds where the results will be announced. Make sure that your bottles are not labeled or caps marked in any way as it may disqualify your entry. For those of you just now bottling, you should still have more than enough time for your entries to condition. Best of luck!