Our good friends, the DC Homebrewers, Sam Adams, DC 101, and My Local Homebrew Shop, have made an offer a homebrewer can’t refuse.

For a measly 324 oz of homebrew, an all-expenses paid trip to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest 2012 could be yours! If you get second place, you’ll be bringing a kegerator into your home. Third place will win two tickets to SAVOR 2012.

See below for the announcement from DC Homebrewers President, Josh Hubner:

Want to win an all expenses paid trip to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany this fall? All you have to do is get brewing! Seriously.

We are coming up quickly upon the 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition sponsored by Sam Adams, DC 101, DC Homebrewers Club, and Derek at myLHBS!

The competition will be held at RFD on Saturday April 28th—that’s just five weeks away, but sooner than you think!

How to Enter:

-Fill out the entry form and email it to joshua.hubner@gmail.com no later than Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 11:59pm.

-This is a “best in show” competition with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners, in addition to a crowd favorite. The judging guidelines are for appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impressions.

-You may enter up to two (2) different beers into the competition, as long as each entry complies with the rules of this competition.

-Drop off three (3) unmarked and unlabeled 12oz bottles of each of your competition beer(s) to MyLHBS located at 6201 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA (www.myLHBS.com703-241-3874). All entries must be received by 5pm on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at myLHBS. You must attach a copy of your entry form to your three bottles (rubber bands are preferable).

-For every entry in the competition, you must agree to set aside one full case (24-12oz bottles, 12-22oz bottles or a 2.5gal keg) of that beer. The 15 entries that make it to the final round judging will participate in the RFD event on April 28th and will serve their case of beer to the public.

-A 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner will be announced at the competition on April 28th, along with a winner for the crowd favorite.

Other Rules:

-All beers entered must be brewed by you at home, i.e., no beers brewed on professional equipment and/or “brew on premise” breweries.

-You must commit to serving a full case at the final round competition – think about it as a great way to get feedback on your beers from the public.

-If you make it to the final round, you will have the option to provide an additional 6-pack of your competition beer, which Sam Adams will enter for you in their summer Longshot competition (at their expense).

-Finalists will be contacted the week of April 23rd via email.

-Entry into this competition obligates disclosure of the recipe used to enter (including procedure) with the understanding that the winning recipes can be posted on the club’s web forum for others to review. Please keep track of specific information, such as types and quantities of malt, hops, etc., and the type of yeast, batch size, original gravity, final gravity and brewing process.

The Prizes:

First: An all-expenses paid trip for you and a friend to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, Fall 2012.

Second: A home kegerator setup.

Third: Two tickets to the June 2012 SAVOR event here in DC.

Crowd Favorite: To be determined.

Sam Adams and DC 101 will hold a happy hour Home-Brew-BQ Kickoff event on April 12th from 6-8pm (location TBD), with happy hour specials and prizes. This will also be a drop off location for your entries. More detail coming soon at www.DC101.com and www.DCHomebrewers.com.

Cheers, and good brewing,

Joshua Hubner

President, DC Homebrewers Club