In June, we had the second club competition of the year -IRONBREWER 2016. This year there was no specialty ingredient, just an instruction to brew something 'outside the box' that is under 6% alcohol-by-volume.
Our members rose to the challenge and created a wide array of quirky specialty beers that included ingredients such as cocao, chilli, orange, honey, juniper berries, lemongrass, sage, mango, coffee, vanilla and cinnamon.
To help us judge the beers, we had Dan Turley from Nail Brewing, who will be brewing one of the beers from the competition - no word as to which yet. Winners are listed below:
1st - Dan McWhae (Chilli Churro Hefeweizen)
2nd - Jeremy Strong (Chinook Pilsner)
3rd - Michael Doswell (Cocoa Chilli Porter)
People's Choice - Bryn Hansen (American Rye Pale Ale)
The overall standard of this competition was one of the highest to date, with ten of the 20 entrants scoring 35 or better. Great job everyone!
There is no special common ingredient for this competition, so it is up to you to flex your creative muscles and come up with your own creation. Nail's head brewer and owner, John Stallwood is asking for brewers to come up with something 'outside the box'. While there are no hard rules regarding what this means, it is necessary that entries do not clash with any existing Nail beers or either of their new releases. Here is a list of styles to avoid:
Australian Pale/Sparkling Ale
American Amber/Red Ale or Imperial Red Ale
Imperial Brown Ale
Due to the need for a reasonably quick turnaround and a high level of drinkability; lagers and sour beers are not permitted and entries must be no higher than 6% ABV. All other BJCP beer styles are permitted.
Entries are due at the meeting on Monday 13th June. Normal entry quantities apply, i.e. 1.5L for People's Choice and 2 x bottles (preferably 330mL) for BJCP judging.
People’s Choice – Monday 13th June
BJCP Judging – Saturday 18th June
Winners announced – Monday 11th July