Do you brew stellar beer at home? Maybe it’s time to enter your concoctions in a homebrewer competition for a chance to win accolades and free tickets to the Blacksburg Brew Do craft beer festival this year.
The 5th Annual Blacksburg Brew Do Homebrew Competition is a non-sanctioned event organized by The Blacksburg Partnership, Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill, and the New River Valley Brewer’s Guild. The winners will be announced at the festival on Sept. 14 at the First & Main Shopping District in Blacksburg.
All first, second and third place winners will be listed on the festival website and will get a complimentary ticket to the Brew Do. First place winners will advance to the “Best in Show” round, which will be judged the day of the festival. The winner of “Best in Show” may get to brew their recipe at Bull & Bones Brewhaus and have it sold as the restaurant’s seasonal beer.
Submissions are broken into four categories: amber, dark, light, and specialty. Each brewer may submit up to three different brews at $5 per entry. Entries must be dropped off at the First & Main Shopping District in Blacksburg between July 29 and 31. Interested brewers must download and complete the entry form at www.blacksburgbrewdo.com/homebrew.
According to Diane Akers, president of The Blacksburg Partnership, there were 50 entries in the four categories for last year’s homebrewer competition.
For those who are interested in brewing beer and cooking with beer, there will be a Bull & Bones “Brew Tent.” There, the New River Valley Brewer’s Guild will hold brewing seminars and demonstrations throughout the day of the festival. Kroger’s “Cooking with Beer” demonstrations will feature local chefs making their favorite dishes with beer, and there will be samples available.
The Blacksburg Brew Do takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 and features more than 100 craft beers and ciders, as well as food from Blacksburg restaurants and live entertainment. To learn more, go to www.blacksburgbrewdo.com or follow the event on Facebook or Twitter.