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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.

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