Wednesday, November 7, 2007

SOBA National Homebrew Championship

At the end of this month entries close for the Society Of Beer Advocates National Homebrew Championship, the winning beer will be brewed professionally at the Hallertau Brewbar I will be entering several beers, earlier this week I bottled the two beers I will be entering bottle conditioned, Brooklyn ESB and Chilka IPA. I also have 2 beers in fermentors right now which will be entered in riggers straight from the corny in a near to cask conditioned form. Tonight I enjoyed a pint of draught Brooklyn ESB (that which wasn’t bottled for competition went into a corny) with my meal. Brooklyn ESB is a 5.2 % abv ale brewed with Marris Otter, 2 types of crystal and a mixture of Fuggels and Goldings hops. At the moment it tastes malty with a tangy English hop edge. There is a slightly grainy aroma reminiscent of the smell of freshly ground malt, hopefully it will subside as the ale conditions. Chilka IPA is also on the bar, its a 5.6% abv ale brewed from pearl pale malt and very generously hopped with NZ Cascade, Goldings and Fuggels with a dose of Styrian Goldings at the end of the boil. It tastes incredibly bitter with a nice rich malt character just balancing the hops.

After the competition has been judged by a panel lead by pro beer judge and beer journo Geoff Griggs there will be an awards party held that will be open to the public, a mixture of homebrewed and micro brewed beer will be on offer and its sure to be the largest range of handpulled beer on offer in NZ this year.

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