My hometown homebrewing club, CARBOY, puts on a great competition every March called the Shamrock Open. This year, the 20th Annual event was held on March 7th. I entered three beers this year: my Lite American Lager, Dark American Lager, and the Spruce is Loose.
The Winterbrew 2015 competition was held on January 17, 2015 by the Square Kegs Homebrew Club in Chicago. I was so impressed with how they put together the Hirter Überbrew German lager competition over the summer that I knew I had to send some entries in for the winter event.
I entered in the three beers that I had on tap – the Lite American Lager, a Dark American Lager, and a Traditional Bock. Of the three, I expected the two American lagers to do well. The dark lager is especially delicious, and more complex than expected despite its simple recipe. I was a bit hesitant about even sending in the bock because of an odd sourness that has developed while carbonating. But I had already paid the entry fee, so I bottled it up and wished it luck.
And the results are in! Continue reading