Friday, July 25, 2014

KC Homebrewing Happenings

There are a ton of homebrewing events coming up the next two months. Everyone should be brewing to participate in at least one of them. Its an exciting time to be a homebrewer in Kansas City.

MoM Hot Summer Brew Off Competition is coming up . The Missouri Mashers are putting on their first homebrew competition that will feature all American Categories. Entries are due August 8 with the results being announced at the UNICO Microbrew Festival at Zona Rosa. Best of Show winner will be receiving an awesome stainless steel conical from Competition is part of the Kansas City Homebrewer of the Year Award. The Festival is August 16 and will feature several homebrew clubs serving beer including KC Nanobrews, Missouri Mashers, and Kansas City Bier Meisters.
The Great Nebraska Beer Festival August 23 will feature several homebrew clubs from around the Midwest including Kansas City Bier Meisters and Lawrence Brewers Guild. I'm sure the homebrew clubs will be pulling out all the stops for this awesome beer festival. Some pretty awesome commercial breweries will be there too if that is your thing.

Grain to Glass Annual Homebrew competition - Picnique Belgique is happening again, entries are due August 16. This competition will feature all Belgian Categories. Jennifer has a special Awards Dinner scheduled for September 5th with Special guest speakers Stan Heironymous, (Author of Brew Like a Monk) and Florian Kuplent (Brewer of Urban Chestnut). Competition is part of the Kansas City Homebrewer of the Year Award.
Barley and Hops Hoopla / 2nd Annual Mid-MO Home Brew Festival is happening September 6 in Columbia, Missouri at Logboat Brewing Co. I just recently discovered this event. This event will feature a BJCP competition with Best of Show beer getting brewed up by Logboat Brewing for GABF. Then on September 6 will be a beer festival featuring homebrewers. I'm looking forward to checking this festival out and meeting some new homebrewers.

Brew Lab and the Johnson County Brewing Society is hosting the 2014 Highs Plains Brewhoff. The Brewhoff will be a local beer festival featuring mostly homebrewers in downtown Overland Park. To get the thumbs up from the Kansas ABC this event is FREE for the first 500 people. You must receive an invite to attend. Event is September 20. To get an invite go to the website and request one.

Kansas City's first Homebrew shop and one of the oldest in the country is turning 30 years old. To celebrate they are hosting a 30 Year Throw-Back Homebrew Competition. The rules are simple brew a beer from only ingredients that were available 30 years ago. Competition is free to enter. Entries are due September 20. You can read up on what ingredients were available 30 years ago in their monthly newsletter.

Apex Brew Wares is not doing a full blown competition again this year with LS Oktoberfest. Instead they are inviting 30 homebrewers to pour beer at the LS Oktoberfest and let the public decide who has the best beer. LS Oktoberfest homebrew tent will be available on Sepetember 27

The 2nd Annual Burgfest homebrew competition is happening September 27. The competition will feature all BJCP categories except for meads and ciders. The homebrew competition is part of the larger Burgfest that happens in downtown Warrensburg, MO Sepetember 26-28

Which one are you looking forward too? Get Brewing!!!

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