Last night at Third Edition in Georgetown, a number of #dcbrews enthusiasts gathered to complete the preliminary round of judging for this Saturday’s Sam Adams Brew-B-Q. There were a truly amazing number of great homebrews offered up last night, and the judging was very difficult. The talent that is out in the DC metro area homebrewing community is great to see!

I’m happy to report that these are the homebrewers and beers that will be offered up on Saturday from 2-4pm at Old Glory in Georgetown:

– Nicole J. Owren-Wiest with an Equinox Black IPA – “a balanced IPA with a nice roasty, chocolatey backbone”

– Brian Barrows with an Oatmeal Stout – “5.2% ABV open fermented beer with Ringwood yeast, malty and sweet”

– Brent Boone with a Blood Orange Ale – “huge orange nose balanced with noticeable Cascade hops and real blood oranges; slight haze with a wild aftertaste”


– Kristen and Martin Doczkat with a Bitter Orange Pale – “brewed with almost a half-pound of Citra hops; very balanced with a strong hop note”

– Brian Bennett with a St Humulous Belgian Pale Ale – “sweet aroma and taste with subtle spices to balance it out, great aftertaste”

– Sam Wineka with a Dog’s Day Session Ale – “light and smooth beer with a nice little hop note; very sessionable ale”

– Brian Haroldson with “Port-a-Cherry” Cherry Porter – “great chocolatey malty taste with well balanced fruit notes, bitter and sweet are very well-balanced”

– Bruno Venini with BrewKnow’s ‘Hoppleganger’ Belgian IPA – “rich malty flavor balanced by citrus hoppy tones; lots of dark fruit flavor”

– Dan Bremer with Thrash Bagwell’s Irish Need Not Apply Red Ale – “slightly sweet but very balanced beer with a clean hoppy aroma and great copper color”

Congratulations to all the finalists, and thanks to everyone who submitted an entry!

Some other notes on the competition! First prize remains an all expenses paid trip for 2 to GABF. Second prize is a pair of tickets to SAVOR 2011. Third prize is a bottle of Sam Adams Utopias.

Everyone who shows up to Old Glory on Saturday will be eligible for a raffle to win a bottle for Sam Adams Utopias! All attendees will also receive a ticket to vote for their favorite homebrew of the day; the homebrew with the most tickets will win a Miss Congeniality bottle of Sam Adams Utopias!

Congratulations again to all the finalists, and good luck on Saturday! Be sure to head out to Old Glory to taste some delicious homebrew and see who wins these great prizes!