THE BREWER’S $6K HOMEBREW COMPETITION
The Brewer’s $6K is an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition
This BJCP judged competition will be awarding amazing prizes throughout the 2-day Beer Bacon Music festival. First and second place winners from each beer style category will be selected by BJCP judges. The first place winners from each category win brewery-sponsored prizes of at least a $500 value and go on to compete for the final Best In Show Grand Prize of $6000, which is again judged by a panel of BJCP judges. The Best In Show Grand Prize will be judged live during the festival on Sunday, May 18th. The second place winners from each beer style category will go on to compete for the “Celebrity Pick” Best Beer Award judged by Roche from DC 101, Joe Michaels from Resignation Brewery and The Chive, and Mark Thompson from Starr Hill Brewery. The Celebrity Pick Best Beer Prize is $1,000 and will be judged live during the event on Saturday May 17th.
Best in Show — $6,000
The first place beer from each style category will go on to the AHA/BJCP best in show grand prize judging which will be judged LIVE during Beer Bacon Music on Sunday, May 18th at 3pm. The first-place winner of the Brewer’s $6K will be awarded a $6,000 prize for placing best in show, and will receive full bragging rights as the winner of the world’s largest homebrew competition. Fame and fortune are sure to follow!
2nd Place “Celebrity Pick” Best Beer Award — $1,000
This celebrity-judged, non-AHA/BJCP best brew prize will be judged LIVE at Beer Bacon Music on Saturday, May 17th by: Roche from DC 101; Joe Michaels from Resignation Brewery and The Chive; and Mark Thompson, founder and master brewer at Starr Hill Brewery, and long-time judge at the Great American Beer Fest and World Beer Cup. All of the second place beers from each style category will move on to this celebrity-best live judging.
The first-place winner of each style category will also receive a unique prize from the sponsoring brewery (we’re securing new sponsors and prizes daily, check back for updates).
**JUST ANNOUNCED** Select Botanicals’ Ale, Light/Blonde (Kolsch, Cream Ale):
- First Place Style Prize: The winner of the Light/Blond Ale category will receive a year supply of some of the most exclusive/experimental hops that were not previously available to homebrewers. Select Botanicals will send a sample of our branded varieties or experimental once a month for a year. This will include Citra®, Simcoe®, Mosaic®, Equinox™, Ahtanum™, Palisade®, as well as 6 experimental samples that are as of today available to zero home brewers in the world. Sample sizes will be enough for a full single hop 10 gallon batch, or to break up. I will include descriptions of the hops with the samples.
- Second Place Style Prize: Will receive some Swag and other goodies from Select Botanicals.
Starr Hill Brewery’s Ale, Pale (Pale Ale, APA, IPA, Double/Imperial IPA):
- First Place Style Prize: VIP Tour of the brewery and 1-on-1 tasting with Brewmaster and Founder, Mark Thompson. Winner and a guest will receive a free night stay in beautiful downtown Charlottesville with passes to see a show at the historic Jefferson Theatre.
- Second Place Style Prize: $100 Voucher to Winner’s choice of their favorite Home Brewing supplies store.
- **JUST ANNOUNCED** In addition to all other prizes, the first place winner of the “Ale, Pale” category will also receive 3 pounds of organic Maryland grown Cascade hops from Organarchy hops. Organarchy Hops are the first recognized organically-grown Maryland hops, and they are proud to support the homebrew contestants at Beer Bacon Music’s Brewer’s $6K. You can find more information about their operation at www.organarchy.co
Resignation Brewery’s Ale, Amber (Bitter, Amber Ale, Red Ale, Alt):
- First Place Style Prize: $500
Elysian Brewery’s Ale, Porter/Stout
- First Place Style Prize: Elysian Brewing Company Dream Vacation – 2 night stay at a Seattle, WA hotel; lunch or dinner (and beers) at one of the Elysian Pubs; and the opportunity to brew for a day with one of Elysian’s brewers! (must be scheduled in advance with Elysian)
- Second Place Style Prize: Elysian gift basket including a variety of Elysian beers, logo glasses and wearables.
Devils Backbone‘s Ale, Belgian Style
- First Place Style Prize: Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company Vacation package, includes a 1 Night stay at Horseshoe Mountain Lodge in beautiful Roseland, VA (sleeps 8), and a $50 gift card for Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub in Roseland, VA
- Second Place Style Prize: $50 gift card to Basecamp Brewpub Roseland, VA
Sierra Nevada‘s Lager, Pale/Dark/Amber (Pale, Oktoberfest, Bock, Dunkel)
- First Place Style Prize: Tickets for 2 to the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America event in Philadelphia, August 2, 2014 (hotel included). This tour will be one of the feature beer events in the US this year. In a cross country band of brewer’s type tour, these beer festivals will feature a host of local brewers unique to the area of each festival plus the 12 collaboration brewers participating in our Beer Camp Across America Tour. There will be live music, food, and of course beers. A host of which you can’t even get in this area… think Ninkasi, Cigar City, etc.
- Second Place Style Prize: TBD
- Third Place Style Prize: Sierra Nevada Swag bag
Widmer Brothers‘ Wheat (Weiss, Weizen, Dunkelweizen)
- First Place Style Prize: $500
DuClaw‘s Specialty Brew (Fruit Beer, Spiced Beer, Sour)
- First Place Style Prize: DuClaw Brewing Company is treating the winner to a day of brewing at DuClaw Brewing Company with Brewmaster Jim Wagner to brew THE WINNING SPECIALTY BEER! The winning brewer and 10 of his/her closest friends will return to DuClaw Brewing Company a few weeks later for a tasting party featuring his/her brew and a guided tour. As an added bonus, if the winning brewer lives in a DuClaw Brewing Company distribution territory, we’ll take over the taps at one of the local bars for a night and launch their winning brew in style, making the winner a homebrewing superstar AND a hometown hero!
- Second Place Style Prize: $100 gift card to DuClaw restaurants
Prizes subject to change.