Home Brewer's Ball 

Idaho home brewers gather for annual competition

Whether you’re barley knowledgeable about home beer brewing or hoping to pick up the hobby, the Treasure Valley Organic Homebrew Challenge is a great opportunity to meet like minded basement brewing bros. Though registration for home brewers looking to enter their concoctions in the competition closed June 27, this Saturday, July 11, the general public is invited down to the Stonehouse next to The Ram to sample some spud state suds and chomp some grub for a meager $10.

This year’s competition was divided into two categories: the All Idaho Hausbrau Battle and the Treasure Valley Organic Homebrew Challenge. The AIHB invited home brewers to enter organic or non-organic beers in nine different categories like Oktoberfest/Marzen, Brown Porter or American IPA, while the TVOHC limited entrants to only one category: minimum 95 percent organic Kolsch-style brews.

Though judging for the AIHB won’t be open to the public, judging for the TVOHC will be. The first 100 people to buy a $5 judge card in addition to their $10 entry fee get to sample 10 home brewed Kolsch beers and rank them according to their personal tastes. Those who don’t want to pass judgment can still get their drink on: breweries from around the state of Idaho have also donated kegs for the event. In addition to an ongoing raffle, an awards ceremony for both competitions is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more about the home brewing buzz, check out BW's Citizen on July 22, for an interview with TVOHC organizer and avid brewer Ander Sundell.

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