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Portland Fruit Beer Festival and Homebrew Competition

  • 06/11/2011
  • 06/12/2011
  • Burnside Brewing

Burnside Brewing, OBC's host for the recent March out meeting, will be introducing the Portland Fruit Beer Festival on Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th featuring many one-off, special brews from commercial brewers. They've asked the Oregon Brew Crew to spearhead and participate in a brand new local homebrew competition: Fruit Beer.

This is an non-BJCP style open competition; any homebrewer, club or not, from any state, may enter.

Entries will be accepted at Burnside Brewing and F.H. Steinbart's from Tuesday, May 31st to Friday, June 3rd at end of business with judging to commence the following day. Each entry costs $6, and you get three beer tickets (a full glass of beer at the festival) in return! Please make check or money orders out to "Oregon Brew Crew" with a memo of "Fruit Comp Entry Fee". There are no limits to the number of entries (this year). Each entry must consist of two unmarked 12oz. bottles with club only competition forms (here: http://bit.ly/f6beDV) filled out completely and rubber banded to each bottle. Bottles using tape or sticker of any kind will be disqualified.

For ingredients, the rules are that you must use real fruit, whole or pureed. Natural juice (concentrated or diluted) is acceptable, however no extracts or artificial flavorings will be allowed. It is also suggested that you clean your fruit of any wax or pesticides before use, if applicable. As usual, no illegal ingredients.

As this is the festival's inaugural year, we'll have three simple categories to start: Best Light Colored (12 SRM and lower), Best Dark Colored (greater than 12 SRM), and Best Sour. The Best of Show will then be determined from the winners of those categories. Your beer will be judged with simple sensory analysis sheets designed to give feedback without scoring. Prizes for each first place in the three categories are a $20 gift certificate to Burnside Brewing. The Best of Show grand prize will win an additional $50 gift certificate! The winners will be announced on Saturday during the festival.

Burnside Brewing is graciously donating a sum of money to the OBC for it's help in the competition. You can show your support and thanks, if you are a licensed OLCC server, by volunteering for a shift to pour beer for them during the festival. Contact Ezra Greenough at portlandfruitbeerfestival@gmail.com. The general festival info page is here.

You can get an OLCC server permit ONLINE. Go here: http://www.oregonrla.org/training/alcoholserver.php

If you have any questions about the competition, please email Jeremie Landers at competition@oregonbrewcrew.org.

Education topic: Open Forum!  A panel of experienced and successful OBC homebrewers will answer questions from the group in an open Q&A informal format.  Think of it as chatting about making better beer with 100 of your closest friends.

Food: We would like to have food available at this meeting, so we encourage our members to bring some food items for everyone to share. Don't forget that bringing food to share at a meeting can earn not only Karma points but also raffle tickets.  Meagan will be holding a raffle for all members that bring food items.  She will be giving away a $25 gift card and more. On top of all of this, our 2018 Burgermeister, Meagan Thompson would love the support!

Beer:  Beer is a very important part of these meetings. We wouldn’t have beer without our members. Growler fills and bottled homebrew  are highly encouraged as this is a great way to share your beer with your peers and get honest and immediate feedback. If you bring a keg of your homebrew to a meeting you will earn Karma Points! Keep in mind that we may have beer planned for the Education topic or beer from other club specific brewing events. So that we can balance the amount of beer available at our meetings It is very helpful for us to plan in advance of the meeting. If you would like to request a tap spot for your keg, or if you plan to pour a keg via a picnic tap, please let us know in advance! We ask that if you do bring a keg, that you give a brief talk to the members about the details of your beer . Please contact Club VP to see if there is room for your keg @ Brian.haslip@oregonbrewcrew.org

Please support your club and plan on attending! Guests and visitors are welcome at all "In" Meetings!

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