You may have already seen on our social media accounts that last week we officially launched the 8th annual Strong Island Home Brew Competition for 2018. After the success of last year’s winner ‘Totally Tropical’ by Joanna Hamment, it is now your chance to get your brew put into production by Irving & Co. Brewers and sold in a range of pubs in and around Portsmouth.
Your brews will be judged on taste, aroma, colour, clarity, drinkability, name and presentation/labelling. Each entry will be placed into one of the four categories listed below:
Light Beers – Not light in terms of ABV, but light in terms of pale ales, IPAs, APAs, blonde beers etc. Please note: if you are entering an Amber ale, Red ale or English Bitter please enter into this category. Also if you are planning on entering a Black IPA you will have to be in this category.
Dark Beers – This will be open to stouts, porters, dark brown ales and winter brews.
Alternative Brew – This category is made to really let the skills be shown of your home brewing talent! This will be open to Saisons, Sours, Fruit Beers, Belgian styles (and there are lots!) as well as any other style that doesn’t fall into categories 1 or 2.
Cider – This shouldn’t need too much of an explanation.
If you are unsure as to which category to enter it doesn’t matter, just bring your brew along with you and the judges will help determine which category it will fit into. With that, the judge’s decision is final as to which category the beer goes into so any questionable entries will be discussed with them prior to entry.
The judging panel will include Malcolm Irving from Irving & Co. Brewers in Portsmouth, Stuart Ainsworth from The Beer Musketeer and The Merchant House and Alan Thompson of Get Brewing on Elm Grove, suppliers of every element of home brewing kit you can imagine. A good person to know heading into such a strong competition.
Strong Island Homebrew 2014
Strong Island Homebrew 2017
As with every Strong Island Home Brew Competition, we will award the title of Best In Show to the overall winner. They will then have the honour of taking home the illustrious Strong Island Home Brew Tankard for the year.
You can enter as many entries as you like either as an individual or as a team. Whether you already are a home brewer or you really want to have a go for the first time and get involved, this is designed to make no boundaries and we fully encourage first timers as well as the seasoned professionals. Don’t forget to drop by Elm Grove and check out Get Brewing for all your ingredients and equipment supplies. If you’re new to this, if you ask them nicely, they might even give you a few pointers.
The main event and winners will take place at The Merchant House on Wednesday March 14th. If you’re not entering, the beers are always up for tasting at the end as well as the other ciders, providing the judges haven’t sunk them all by the end. Please share this with anyone who you think might be interested. Happy brewing!