Monday, November 21, 2011

Red Earth Brewers Rock the FOAM Cup!

FOAM Cup is the state’s largest homebrew competition (626 entries from brewers in 24 states). And I am proud to say that Red Earth Brewers had a great showing.  As a club, Red Earth Brewers finished in third place out of 26 clubs entered. And three of our individual members brought home medals, including four golds and the second-place Best in Show! (Here are the full results.)

This was a great showing for our new club, and I’m really looking forward to building on our success. If you’ve never entered a competition before, I would really encourage you to do so. While awards are nice, even more important is the great feedback you get. Entering competitions and learning from experienced tasters is a great way to improve your brewing. And isn’t that why we’re all here?

The American Homebrewers Association website has a full calendar of all the homebrew competitions going on around the country. I know that shipping can get pretty expensive so, if nothing else, start preparing for Bluebonnet Brew-Off, which will be in Dallas in March. We’ll be driving entries down, so feel free to enter as much as you can brew! (Plus, our vice-president Tony Tielli has a Best of Show trophy to defend.)

Again, thanks to everyone who has helped make Red Earth Brewers so successful and congrats to the guys below who are bringing home FOAM Cup medals.

Ross Harper
GOLD: Category 6 Light Hybrid (Blond Ale)
BRONZE: Category 13 Stout (Russian Imperial Stout)
GOLD: Category 19 Strong Ale (American Barleywine)
2nd PLACE BEST IN SHOW (American Barleywine)

Tony Tielli
GOLD: Category 11 English Brown Ale (Mild)
GOLD: Category 18 Belgian Strong Ale (Belgian Dark Strong)
HONORABLE MENTION: Category 22 Smoke Flavored and Wood Aged (Wood-Aged Beer)

Brandon Jones
BRONZE: Category 21 Spice-Herb-Vegetable Beer
PAPER CUP: Special award for the participant with the most entries