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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Siciliano's 10th Annual Homebrew Contest - It begins!

It's that time of year again. Time to get your oak-aged, dry-hopped, brett-infused, maple-flavored, spruce-tip, double-imperial, pale-porter hybrid into the bottle—the Siciliano's Market 10th Annual Homebrew Contest is right around the corner. See below for contest rules and regulations.
Is '13 your lucky year?
  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, and/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.
  3. Entries require two (2) plain, unlabeled/unmarked 12oz amber bottles. Please no clear bottles or bottles of any other size.
  4. Entries must be submitted with the correct paperwork (entry form), and with competition bottle ID forms rubber-banded to the bottle. Find the entry form here and the bottle-ID form here. Contact Siciliano's if you have trouble downloading these files.
  5. The entry fee is $5.
  6. NEW RULE FOR 2013: The total number of contest entries will be capped at 250. Don't delay in submitting your entry. Once the magic number is reached, no additional entries will be accepted.
  7. Entries will be accepted from Monday, March 25, through Sunday, April 14, or until 250 entries are submitted, whichever happens first. 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 homebrewers 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). As in previous years, the brewer of the beer named Best in Show will have the opportunity to brew his/her winning recipe at a local brewery. This year we are also awarding the winner a $500 Siciliano's gift card.

Finally, what's a contest without a party? The 10th Annual Siciliano's Market Hombrew Party and Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2012, at Johnson Park in Walker, MI. Be sure to keep a close eye on The Buzz for additional party and seminar details*. Happy brewing everyone, and good luck! 

*This year's homebrew seminar is scheduled for Friday, May 10, and will also be at Johnson Park. A full list of seminar topics and speakers will be announced in the near future.

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