Homebrewers, think your fresh hop beer is capable of going the distance? Community Hops is hosting a fresh hop homebrew throwdown at its Longfellow garden from 12–3pm on Oct. 25. Members of the public will sample the entires and help choose the winners (if you plan to sample and vote, there’s a suggested donation of $10).
Entrance into the First Annual Fresh Hop Brew Comp is open to the public and will work like this: entry fee is $5 for members of Community Hops or the Nordeast Brewers Alliance and $10 for non-members. Entries must include locally-grown fresh hops and must be delivered by 11am on the day of the contest to the Longfellow Garden, which is on the corner of E 38th St and Dight Avenue (map). Community Hops members can use hops from the garden and non-members can source other local hops.
To enter, fill out the online entry form. Entrants will receive an email confirmation and participant number when their submission has been approved. Entries (bottles or kegs) must be marked with a participant number and be void of any other identifying information.
Members of the public that plan to sample and vote must be able to prove they are of legal drinking age. They will receive a ballot and rank their top three favorite beers. Anyone who can demonstrate brewing industry affiliation gets an additional ballot and a vote for the Industry Choice award.
In total, there will be four winners in the following categories: 1st place Community Choice, 2nd place Community Choice, 3rd place Community Choice, and Industry Choice.
Prizes are bragging rights and a wooden plaque from Wood From the Hood.
For more information about the competition, check out Community Hops’ Facebook event.
In related news, this Sunday, Sept. 13, Community Hops will be harvesting hops from the Longfellow garden. More information about the harvest is available here.