The MOB BATCH Challenge


In honor of KBS week and all things barrel-aged, we are introducing the MOB’s inaugural Barrel Aged Team CHallenge.

Contests are a fun way to collaborate and push ourselves to be better brewers.
The MOB’s BATCH should also be great way to promote our club around the area.
•    Teams to consist of at least 3 members, with a mix of experienced and new brewers.
•    Wood-aged with chips, staves, spirals or in barrels.
•    Open to ANY style, but detailed descriptors required.
•    Batches to be at least 5 gallons with 2 unmarked bottles available for judging.
•    Teams can brew multiple batches but only one entered in the contest.

Blind judging is tentatively set for August 2 at our MOB meeting, by a panel of local professional brewers.

The winning team receives a traveling trophy with the team members names etched in AND a chance to brew it at a local brewery. The MOB will promote the release with a tapping party when ready.

Get your teams together.
Appoint a captain.
Pick out a name (Every team needs a name, right?).
Develop a recipe, and
Brew a BATCH of beer.

12th Annual Siciliano's Homebrew Contest

This is a second call for judges and stewards for the 12th Annual Siciliano's Homebrew Contest, west Michigan’s premier homebrew competition and a BJCP sanctioned event.

The pertinent information regarding the competition is listed below and can also be found on the competition web site ( under “Volunteer Info”. If you plan on participating in the competition as a judge or steward but have not yet registered please take a minute and do so as this facilitates planning and enables the competition staff to be better organized on the day of the event.

The following is the pertinent information regarding the judging for the 2015 Siciliano's competition:

Date: Saturday, April 25th
Location: The Guest House, 638 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Check in for judges & stewards: 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Judging: 11:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Best-of-Show judging: 3:30 p.m.
Competition organizer: Steve Siciliano,, 616-453-9674

Coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning and there will be a lunch and liquid refreshments at the conclusion of the judging.

Please ensure that you arrive at the judging venue by 10:30 a.m. so that the competition staff can organize flights and complete table assignments by the 11:15 judging start time. If you are en route to the venue and get delayed, please call 616-490-0524 and you will be assigned to a table.

Best regards,

Steve Siciliano