This is our 3rd year conducting the Cherry Blossom Homebrew Competition, and this one will be better than ever! We’ve upped the entry limit to 300 (from 250 the first 2 years), and the entries per entrant to 3 (from 2 in previous years). The judging will occur on Mar 26, and prizes and medals will be presented at the April meeting.
Speaking of prizes, we have a very special Best of Show prize this year:
The Best in Show Award winner will receive an opportunity to be one of the first individuals to participate in the Portner Brewhouse Craft Beer Test Kitchen® program. As part of this innovative approach to collaborative experience and feedback, the recipient will work directly with the Portner Brewhouse Brewmaster to scale their original winning recipe at the Alexandria, VA brewpub. Portner Brewhouse will host a public launch party for the winner who may invite up to 50 friends and family members. The beer will be available for at least one month and the award recipient may enjoy their beer for free! The Portner Brewhouse team will collect customer feedback and sales data from its patrons and compile the information into a Recipe Report Card provided to the winner. Brew – Enjoy – Learn
If the Best of Show Winner is unable or unwilling to accept this prize, a substitute will be provided, and the Test Kitchen prize will be awarded to the next prize winner in line willing and able to accept it.
This prize is not available ff the winner is a sour/wild yeast beer. In that case, a substitution will be made at the discretion of the competition organizers in consult with Portner Brewing.