I spent the 4th of July weekend camping at La Pine State Park (27 miles SW of Bend) with several families. Although we were relatively close to Bend, we only ventured into the big city once to go float tubing on the Deschutes (highly recommended for all ages). Instead, we spent most of our time at the park. I brought two cases of homebrew and few other favorite beers to keep my friends properly hydrated over the weekend.
We also ventured into La Pine for Frontier Days, a four day 4th of July Celebration. In addition to events like Lawnmower Races, Apple Pie Contest, and Woodcutters Jamboree, they also hosted a Homebrew Contest.
In the six or so years I've been homebrewing, I've only entered one contest. So I decided to enter two of my recent favorite creations into the Frontier Days Hombrew contest. My first entry was a Session Stout with Cacao Nibs (a.k.a. #33). I number my beers, and this was the 33rd beer I brewed. I also entered my Jalapeño Apricot Cider. I'm a fairly harsh critic of all my creations, but I was particularly proud of this beer and cider because they're well balanced, and pretty darn tasty. I'll post the recipes and brew logs for both in the near future.
Long story short, my Session Stout won 2nd Place in the contest. My prize was a sweet 64 oz growler made right in Bend by DrinkTanks!
Thanks to the La Pine Frontier Days Association for organizing a fun celebration and to The Harvest Depot for sponsoring the Homebrew contest prizes! This year's 1st place prize went to an IPA. I think my India Red Ale recipe has a chance to take home the big prize next year. I'll be back...
|My two entries (two bottles of each)|
|The judging session|
|2nd Place Prize Hardware|