15 September 2010

Homebrewers Take On GABF

Every year a lucky few homebrewers get to brew their beer in a professional brewery and send the results on to the Great American Beer Festival. I'm talking about the GABF Pro-Am Competition. If a homebrewer wins an award at an AHA-sanctioned competition and can find a brewery crazy enough to allow them to brew their award winning beer, that beer can be entered in a Best-Of-Show style competition at GABF. One of the few restrictions of this competition is that the beer has to be sold at the participating brewery prior to GABF. Maybe you've seen a few of these around in the past few months:

Homebrewer Brewery Beer Name Style
Jim Matt Brugge Brasserie Prana Porter Robust Porter
Rodney Weaver Rock Bottom - DT Big Brew Special* English-Style Dark Mild Ale
Michael Pearson Sun King Chinookie American-Style India Pale Ale
Brian Steuerwald Upland ALTered States German-Style Altbier
*on tap as Harvest Mild

If you've had any of these beers at their respective breweries, you know they're all extremely solid competitors. Maybe you even though they were the brewery's own recipe! Am I patting myself on the back? Maybe. But more importantly, here's to hoping one of my fellow homebrewers can bring home some Pro-Am hardware to Indiana!

If you're going out to GABF this year, you can find the Prana Porter and Big Brew Special on tap on Thursday. Chinookie and ALTered States will be on tap on Saturday.


  1. Good luck guys! Have fun out there!

  2. You guys better drink all the Firestone Walker Double Barrel Pale Ale AND the Maui Coconut Porter. Mmmm!