There is still just enough time left to brew up one more batch and get all of your entries ready for the 2010 Puget Sound Pro-Am Competition. This competition boasts 14+ breweries who will pick homebrewing recipes to scale up and brew on their systems, most of which will be sending their qualified brews on to the GABF Pro-Am Competition. Our competition brought home the gold medal in the 2008 GABF Pro-Am competition and we hope for a repeat. Winning beers of AHA members may be sent on to the GABF for a shot at national glory! Not from the Puget Sound area? Out of state entries are more than welcome (the 2008 GABF gold medal winning entry was from a Colorado brewer). Non-AHA members can still enter the competition and win other awards and prizes (the Powerhouse Brewery will not be submitting to the GABF and will be free to pick any entry).
Start dreaming and brewing up your entries today! The entry deadline is April 20th so there is plenty of time to brew some fresh batches just for the competition. The brewers are not just looking for stylistically accurate beers, but they will be looking for damn tasty beers. This is a perfect shot for that hybrid beer you make. Youve got plenty of time to brew up entries specifically for one of the slots!
Check the competition website at http://www.bewbc.org/pro-am for the latest details including participating breweries, desired styles, contest rules, and links to register online. Entries (three 10-12 oz brown bottles) are due April 20th with an entry fee of $6 per beer submitted online (several drop-off locations accepting entries beginning in early April). Judging will be held on April 24th at Larrys Brewing Supply in Kent (if you are interested in judging, stewarding, or helping with event execution, contact Mark Emiley at firstname.lastname@example.org or register online receive a $1 discount on your entries). Winners will be selected in the weeks following.
Check the website frequently for updates on participating breweries and contest details as the competition grows. As a reminder, this event is run with all proceeds going to benefit the Washington Homebrewers Association (so your entry fees will come back to help you)!
Invite your friends to join the AHA and submit beers as well (all beers will be judged and ranked regardless of AHA membership). Good luck, and may your wildest brewing dreams come true!
PSPA Competition Organizer