Get ready to Vote folks for either Tom Poole’s Belgian Whitbier or Brett Seymour’s Schwarzbier that will be coming out of the tanks shortly .
Should be hitting our bar partners on Friday May 29th! http://
Tom Poole :
Belgian Witbier Tom Poole Belgian Witbier Tom Pool is a physical therapist and homebrewer of eight years from Rutland, VT. Tom never brews the same beer twice and is always trying to craft the perfect pint for family and friends to enjoy. The hallucinating haze of Tom’s Belgian Witbier is due to the high level of unfiltered, protein rich wheat. Balanced by coriander and sweet orange peel then rounded out with generous carbonation, this easy drinking beer is perfect after a day of hiking, running or just relaxing.
Schwarzbier Brett Seymour Schwarzbier Brett Seymour lives in the Mad River Valley, surrounded by the green mountains and good beer. As a member of the Green Mountain Mashers and a homebrewer of seven years Brett constantly wants to brew and drink new styles of beer. In a beer scene that is currently dominated by hops, Brett’s Schwarzbier proves that the right combination of malts can be just as interesting as the right combination of hops. This traditional, easy drinking, German style dark lager, is the perfect introduction to dark beers.
The Beverage Warehouse of Vermont, Farrell Distributing and 14th Star Brewing Company have created a homebrew competition with the goal of giving an aspiring Vermont home brewer the chance to see if their homebrew can compete commercially. 300 Vermont homebrewers will have the chance to register and compete. Their brews will be judged by by a panel of professional beer judges, as well as amateur judges comprised of members of the industry and the media. The two finalists will be selected by the judges to brew a limited 120gal batch of their beer at 14th Star Brewing, which will then be sold in tasting pairs at participating Vermont craft beer meccas along with a ballot for public voting. The winner of the Make The Cut Homebrew Challenge will be announced the week of the Vermont Brewers Festival where they will be pouring their winning beer for the crowd. The winner will also be presented with a check for $1,000 from The Beverage Warehouse and be invited to brew production sized batches of their winning beer at 14th Star Brewing Company while maintaining rights to their recipe. Their beer will be available on tap at select bars and restaurants, as well as in cans at local craft beer stores, statewide.
Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, Vermont and 14th Star Brewing Company in St Albans, Vermont have created a home brew competition with the goal of giving an amateur Vermont resident home brewer the chance to see if their home brew can compete commercially. http://makethecut.14thstarbrewing.com/ Partnering with Farrell Distributing and revered craft beer destinations The Farmhouse Tap & Grill (Burlington), Three Penny Taproom (Montpelier), Worthy Kitchen (Woodstock), Prohibition Pig (Waterbury), and Mule Bar (Winooski), the competition, currently titled “Make the Cut” will consist of three phases:
- Registration and initial entry. Competitors will register at www.makethecut.beer beginning January 9th. Registration is only open to Vermont residents and proof of residency will be required of the finalists. Registration fee is $10 – 100% of which will be donated to charity (50% to Purple Hearts Reunited and 50% to the charity of the winner’s choice). Competitors (individuals or a team) will brew their single best recipe and mail or deliver 6 12 oz or three 22oz bottles to 14th Star Brewing at 133 North Main St in St Albans. Mailed entries must ARRIVE before March 31st. Delivered entries can be brought to the brewery between March 30th-31st only. These initial entries will be judged by a panel of professional beer judges, as well as amateur judges comprised of members of the industry and the media. Registration will also be capped.
- The two finalists will be contacted to brew a 120gal batch of their beer at 14th Star Brewing, which will then be sold in tasting pairs at the participating accounts, listed above for a short time period, along with a ballot for voting. The votes will be collected from each bar and will have an impact on deciding the competitions winner.
- The winner will brew production sized batches of the winning beer at 14th Star Brewing and the winner will be announced the week of the Vermont Brewers Festival in July. Upon announcement, the winning beer will be available at select bars and restaurants, as well as in cans at local craft beer stores, statewide. The winner will also be invited to pour their beer at 14th Star’s tent at the festival, and a donation will be made to a non-profit of their choice.
“This is a chance for us [14th Star] to give back to the home brewing community and give someone a chance to prove that their beer belongs in the marketplace. We are longtime home brewers ourselves and having the opportunity to grow and build our brewery, along with amazing partners like Farrell Distributing, has been a dream come true. We’d like to share that dream” says Steve Gagner of 14th Star. Jennifer Swiatek , Owner Beverage Warehouse Winooski , & Original Creator Of This Concept “I reached out to 14th Star not only because of the outstanding beers they make but also the military connection Steve has. We have a great respect for our armed forces at the Bevie”. “Our intense enthusiasm is what spurred this idea. It is a daily conversation here at the Beverage Warehouse… the love of Beer . Folks will wait in line for hours to get a taste of Vermont, and they do it with smiles. We talk to a lot of home brewers and beer lovers who say “ I wish I could do this for a living, maybe one day” Well, I decided I wanted the Beverage Warehouse to give them that “One Day” that shot, to see if they could make the cut”. “Think about it… what would it be worth to you? To remove the legal hurdles, to brew in a state of the art brewery like 14th Star …. To have in place the relationships with the most revered beer bars in Vermont pouring your beer from their taps. And to finally have it distributed by an amazing outfit like Farrell Distributing and sold in stores like the Bevie who are so committed to growing Vermont brands, you just can’t put a monetary figure for this kind of an opportunity. We are going to allow you to test your dream of making this a professional reality. WE ARE your skin in the game”. “We are very proud to represent Steve as his distributor partner across the state. This is a great opportunity for us to help support him, our friends at the Beverage Warehouse and some of the top Craft Beer bars in the state. Commitment to Community means a lot to us here at Farrell Distributing, we try to practice it every day in all corners of the state. This is a great way for us to help support the amazing beer culture we have.” Ryan Chaffin , Director of Marketing, Farrell Distributing “What sets this apart from some of the larger, similar competitions is that we are not taking the recipe” explains Gagner. “The beer will be produced and sold under our license for legal reasons, but it will be very clear that this is the competition champion’s beer. This allows the home brewer to see how his or her recipe stacks up to the other craft offerings in the marketplace and could potentially help them decide if the leap to professional brewing is for them.” Steve Gagner of 14th Star. Video Link http://youtu.be/RoVtnq0UnNo Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makethecut-Homebrew-Competition/906389726046602 Twitter – https://twitter.com/MakeTheCutVT 14th Star Brewing was founded in 2011 by Vermont Army National Guardsmen upon returning home from Afghanistan, with the goal of being a responsible corporate citizen of their state and local communities and to give back to the communities from which they came, all while brewing world-class craft beer. 14th Star recently moved into a brand new 16,000 sqft facility on Main Street in St Albans. The brewery can be reached at 802-528-5988 and Steve can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/homebrewing-competition-gives-local-brewers-big-opportunities/Content?oid=2499487 http://btvfoodie.com/story/vermont-home-brewers-compete http://www.wcax.com/story/27775271/could-your-vt-home-brew-hit-the-big-time