2018 will be the fourth year of our popular Homebrew Competition. Dozens of local beer enthusiasts will offer samples of their home-brewed beer for tasting, side-by-side with Rochester’s craft brewing companies. We invite you to participate in this increasingly popular competition!
BREWING CO.: One Keg + $330 donation
One booth space for serving beer samples
Four (4) tickets to the event
Logo placement on event program, signage, and Chili Challenge website
Two (2) reciprocal social media mentions
HOMEBREWER: 5 Gallon + $10 donation
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
DOES THE BEER NEED TO BE BOTTLED AND LABELED?
The homebrew donation requirement is five gallons; beer may be in bottles or a keg. Labels are not necessary, but we will ask for the name and style of your brew. Tasting cups will be provided by BGCR.
HOW MANY BEERS CAN I ENTER?
Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis and there are a limited number of entries. In our inaugural year, participants are welcome to bring multiple brews, as long as you provide the minimum five gallon donation of each.
WHAT STYLES OF BEERS ARE ACCEPTED?
Our theme is “Beers that pair well with chili,” so the style you choose is up to you. All entries will be judged based on the same criteria, not categorized by style. (See GRAND PRIZE section below for stipulations for the "Brewer's Choice" winner.)
HOW IS THE COMPETITION JUDGED? Note: BREWER’S CHOICE JUDGING TAKES PLACE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
The Homebrew Competition will be judged in two different categories - Brewer’s Choice (done between four teams: one professional brewer with one BJCP [Beer Judge Certification Program] judge per team), Best of Show, and People’s Choice (voted on by event attendees).
IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Please consult with your tax professional regarding the specifics of this charitable contribution and any potential deductions.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT FOOD SAFETY/LEGAL DISCLOSURE:
All beverages must be made and transported in containers and equipment that shall not allow the migration of toxic substances.
State law requires each station to include a disclosure related to home brew that states “the unlicensed naturally fermented fruit juices or beer being offered is homemade and not subject to state inspection, and may be consumed by persons over the age of 21 at their own risk.” The notice must include the name and address of the person who processed and bottled the beverage. This will be provided to participants by BGCR and must remain visible in the participant’s booth.
A member of the Chili Challenge committee will be reaching out to you in late August to collect specific information about your beer for promotional material, signage, etc...