The MOB's Best Of Your Own Beers Showdown

Calling all Mobsters,
    How many of you are undecided on which of your beers to enter into Siciliano's Homebrew Competition this year?  I know I am.  At our next meeting we will be having a Best of Your Own Beers Showdown!  Bring in your beers and let our panel of judges rank your beers to help you decide which one to enter and make sure you are entering it in the correct style.  If you only have one beer ready, or you know which one you are entering and are undecided on which style to enter it as (for example: American IPA, or English IPA) bring it in and we will help you out. 
  What I need from all of you is to tell me if you are going to participate, how many different beers and which styles you will be bringing.  This way I can work out the rest of the details.  Send your list of beers to this address:

Here is what I will be bringing:  1 ESB, 2 different  American IPA's, 1 Black IPA, and maybe a Blonde Ale.

Our next meeting is on April 10th 2011 @ 7:30p.m. @ Odd Side Ales.


It's high time you get that oak-aged, dry-hopped, maple-flavored, spruce-tip, double-imperial, pale-porter hybrid into the bottle--the Siciliano's Market 8th Annual Homebrew Contest is right around the corner! For those unfamiliar with the contest, details are below.
  1. Every homebrewer is allowed one (1) beer entry. All entries must be brewed by the person named on the entry form. Please do not submit beers under the names of significant others, children, dogs, cats, parakeets, or imaginary friends.
  2. Beers are submitted according to the BJCP Stye Guidelines. Ciders and meads are excluded from this contest. If you're not sure which is the correct style category for your beer, contact us and we can help you. (Contact info here.)
  3. Entries require two (2) plain, unlabeled/unmarked 12oz amber bottles. No clear bottles or bottles of any other size.
  4. Entries must be submitted with the necessary paperwork, and with competition bottle-ID forms rubber-banded to the bottle. Paperwork and forms are available at Siciliano's Market or by email request.
  5. The entry fee is $5.
  6. Entries will be accepted from Monday, March 15th through Wednesday, April 27th. If mailing in an entry, please include paperwork and submission fee. Ship in a well-packed box to:
Siciliano's Market
2840 Lake Michigan Dr. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

The Siciliano's homebrew contest is a prime opportunity for beginner and seasoned brewers alike to receive constructive feedback on their efforts. All entries will be judged impartially by industry professionals and/or trained judges according to the standards of style and not in comparison to one another (with the exception of Best in Show). 

And finally, what's a contest without a party? The 8th Annual Siciliano's Market Hombrew Party and Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 14th, with homebrew seminars scheduled to take place the night before (Friday, the 13th of May...spooky). Be sure to keep a close eye on The Buzz for additional party and seminar details.

Happy brewing everyone, and good luck!