[UPDATE: Beers must now be submitted by April 19. Updated press release below.] From a press release. Sorry for the short notice, folks. It's probably too late to brew something specifically for this, but maybe you have something in your cellar you can submit? Cheers!

The third annual Sam Adams/DC Homebrewers Competition provides an opportunity for amateur brewers to test their skills against other homebrewers in the area, as well as show their beer off to the public. The final competition, open to the public will be held on April 26 at the Meridian Pint.

Sam Adams has been great friends of DC Homebrewers throughout the years and this year they were able to sponsor awesome prizes for the winners.  Including, the best overall beer winner receiving a trip to Washington state to check out the hop harvest in the Yakima Valley! Other prizes include $500 dollars to a local homebrew shop for second place, $250 to the Meridian Pint for third place, and the crowd favorite will receive two tickets to SAVOR!

Brewers can enter their beers into 11 different beer-style categories. Beers will be evaluated on elements such as aroma and flavor as well as relevance to the category and overall drinkability. The top beers chosen by the judges will be served to the public at the Meridian Pint where a crowd favorite will be crowned. 

Homebrewers who wish to enter have until April 20 to register online at www.dchbcompetition.com/SamAdams (case sensitive); limit of two entries per person and must submit two bottles of each entry. 

There are two DC area drop-off locations – myLHBS (Falls Church, Va.), and the Bier Baron (DC – Dupont Circle).  Please note myLHBS is closed Sundays so entries must be received there by Saturday, April 19, and if entries are dropped off at the Bier Baron, please do so after 3pm and ask for Tad or Kat.

Entries can also be mailed to myLHBS, but they must arrive by April 19 to be considered. See the competition website for details. 

The preliminary judging will take place at the Bier Baron on April 22 and finalists will be announced shortly after that date. Please remember all finalists must commit to pour a full case of beer at the final judging event.

About DC Homebrewers 
DC Homebrewers is a not-for-profit club comprised of homebrewers of all levels of experience in the Washington DC area. The goal of the club is to provide a forum for area homebrewers to exchange ideas, expand their knowledge of beer and brewing, and enjoy some homebrew. The club meets monthly in metro-accessible locations around the city and holds other events throughout the year including group brewing days, the annual Cherry Blossom Homebrewing Competition each spring, and an annual summer barbecue. DC Homebrewers has been supporting the local homebrewing scene since 2008. Visitdchomebrewers.com to learn more and sign up to receive updates. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@dchomebrewers).