Maine Homebrewers Competition

The 2017 Maine Homebrewers Competition is Here!        

Ladies and gentleman, start your fermenters! The winter of 2016-17 marks the 5th Nearly-Annual edition of the finest homebrewing competition in the great state of Maine. And you know what? The wine and mead categories are back, too! (Check the entry form for specific rules for wine and mead entries!) Not only will the prizes be great, but this is also a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Maine homebrewers to get judged by a panel of local beer and wine experts and receive impartial feedback!

We will be accepting submissions - in person or by mail -  beginning Monday, January 30, 2017 through Saturday, February 11 at the close of business (6pm). Each beer submission requires a $10 fee. The winner will be announced in early March at the Mason's Brewing Co. in Brewer. All entrants will receive score sheets and an optional hug from one of the judges (we're looking at you, Chris Morley) at the event! See below for full rules and timelines.

One lucky homebrewer will have his or her beer brewed by Mason's Brewing Co.! Two runners-up will receive great prize packs from local breweries and businesses!

Download the Rules and Entry Form here (Beer form or Wine/Mead form) or stop by Central Street Farmhouse to pick up a copy!

Here's the skinny (Rules, Timeline, Etc.):

1. Entries will be accepted starting Monday, January 30, 2017, and are due by close of business on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Entries must be dropped off at (or mailed to) Central Street Farmhouse, 30 Central Street, Bangor, ME. Late submissions will NOT be accepted. Guidelines for mailing entries can be found at the bottom of this page.

2. This competition is open to non-professional homebrewers (anyone who works for a brewery is disqualified). You must be 21 years of age or older to enter the contest. Do you work for a fermentation company of some sort and want to enter? We WILL accept submissions from brewery/winery/etc. employees for impartial tasting and comments. The fee will be waived for these submissions.

3. Entries must be in bottles that hold a minimum of 10 ounces in volume, and that will fit in a standard case box slot. You must submit TWO (2) bottles per beer entered in the competition. Brewers making it to the second round of the competition will need to submit TWO (2) additional beers no later than February 24, 2017. Bottles may be of any color and must be free of ink, paint, or paper labeling. Obliterate any lettering or graphics on the cap with a permanent black marker. Grölsch-type swing tops and 22-oz. bottles will be allowed. Corked bottles and odd-shaped bottles are acceptable as long as they can fit in a standard case box slot (2.75in L x 2.75in W x 9in H). (See the wine/mead entry form for different rules!)

4. Fees. Entry fee is $10 per entry, payable in cash or check only. (Please make checks out to “Central Street Farmhouse.”) You may submit multiple entries, but each additional entry requires an additional entry fee.

5. Entry limitations. Your homebrew cannot have been brewed on equipment used to brew beverages for any commercial purpose, whether for commercial research, production, or any other purpose, including equipment at brew-on-premises establishments.

5a. Entrant must give the names of all brewers who helped in the brewing.

5b. No employees of - or significant others or spouses of - Central Street Farmhouse, Bangor Wine & Cheese, Nocturnem Draft Haus, or any of the breweries represented on the judging panel may enter.

6. The judging panel will consist of owners/employees of Central Street Farmhouse and other local beer experts to be named later. Breweries represented on the panel will include Mason's Brewing and numerous other local breweries that will be enumerated at a later date.

7. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 on the Central Street Farmhouse website and through other media. Each finalist will also be contacted directly. Finalists will then have until 6 pm. on February 24, 2017 to submit TWO (2) additional bottles. Winners will be announced at Mason's Brewing Co. in early March (exact date TBD).

8. For the Grand Prize winner, Mason's Brewing Co. will take the recipe and reproduce, as faithful as possible to the original recipe, on a professional scale. (Fine Print: If you are the Grand Prize winner, you agree to disclose your complete recipe to Mason's Brewing Co. and the board of the Maine Homebrewers Competition, and grant to Mason's an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to all commercial and intellectual property rights to your winning beer. Entering the competition constitutes permission to the Maine Homebrewers Competition, Mason's Brewing, and their agencies to use your recipe, your name, likeness, picture, signature, voice, audio and video recordings, and biographical information in any manner or media whatsoever (whether now known or hereafter devised) anywhere in the world in perpetuity for the purpose of manufacturing, promoting, advertising or trade, without any compensation.)

9. Two runners-up will receive a prize pack from the participating businesses and breweries! (Prize-pack to be determined.)

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Gotta mail your beer?

Carefully pack your entry in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Do not over pack! Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have been broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles. Please refrain from using packing "peanuts" if possible. Use bottle wrap or newspaper instead.

It is not against any federal laws to ship your entries via a privately owned shipping company for analytical purposes. However, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHIP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Private shipping carrier's rules and regulations concerning the shipment of beer or alcoholic beverages vary. We strongly encourage you to check with your shipping carrier prior to shipping your entry. It is solely the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

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And remember this from last year?

And the winner is...

The grand prize winner of the 2016 edition of the Maine Homebrewers Competition is Jim Rausch with his excellent "Waldo Lake Amber"! Along with some nice swag, Jim won the chance to brew this beer with the crew at Geaghan Brothers Brewing Co.! Central Street Farmhouse will also feature the homebrew version of this fine beer as a 5-gallon beer kit available for purchase online or in store.

Runners-up:

First Runner-Up: Christopher Chase - "Adieu Saison"

Second Runner-up: Jason Fitzgerald - "If 6 was 9 IPA"

Stay tuned for an announcement about the next competition! See you in the Fall!