Attention home brewers: It’s time to perfect your latest concoction so it can be entered in the Beertopia Home Brew Competition. The winner of this year’s contest will have his or her beer brewed by Parkway Brewing Company in Salem!
This contest is connected to the Beertopia Craft Beer Festival, which takes place June 8 at the Salem Red Sox stadium in Salem. This will be the third year for the festival and the second year for the home brew competition.
The categories for the contest are light, dark, amber and specialty (no mead or cider). It is open to home brewers from anywhere in the United States and beyond. How would someone from across the pond get their beer to Virginia to enter the contest? Well, the festival organizers, Roanoke Jaycees and Star City Brewers’ Guild, will accept entries submitted through the mail in addition to those dropped off in person.
The judging will take place at Parkway Brewing Company and the winning beer will be announced at the festival, which will also feature tastings from almost 40 different breweries. To check out a full list of participating breweries, head to the festival Facebook page.
To read the official rules and register for the home brewer competition, click here. You must register by May 10. Parkway Brewing Co. reserves the right to not brew the winning beer if “it is not deemed commercially viable,” according to the festival website. In that case, the winner will still be able to hang out at the brewery and help make beer for a day. But festival spokesman Zak Moore said if the Best in Show beer is a really complex beer, Parkway might just do a small batch.
Stay tuned for more details about the festival itself.