The Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild has teamed up with Christian Moerlein Brewing to host the first ever Moerlein Cup Homebrew Competition.
This will be the first competition organized by the Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild, just two years after the club was founded in Hebron, Kentucky. Competition entries opened on December 1st and the competition has already hit its 300 entry limit just before 2 p.m. on December 10th. Though no additional entries will be accepted, organizers want you to know you can still be involved in the inaugural event. “Beer competitions are a great way to learn more about brewing and build community with other like-minded people. We really want to encourage folks with an interest in homebrewing to not only enter their beers, but sign up to help judge or steward the day of the competition,” said Competition Coordinator Mike Roszkowski.
“We’ve fielded dozens of questions already from new brewers about how to enter. Helping to educate homebrewers and take their brewing to another level is really the point, and we’re really working hard to put together a great pool of judges to give great feedback to the entrants”, said Roszkowski.
Novice judges who sign up will be paired with more experienced BJCP credentialed judges. Those who may want to get a better feel for the BJCP process but don’t want to judge can sign up to steward. Stewards will deliver entries to judges and help keep scoring records during the event. Judging will take place at the Christian Moerlein Brewery on Moore Street in Cincinnati on Saturday, January 18th. As an incentive for those who volunteer, Christian Moerlein will provide two free drink tickets for the after party which will be held at the brewery tap room following the awards ceremony.
“Cincinnati has been one of the mecca of the “better beer” category (before the term craft beer), and Christian Moerlein is at the forefront to advocate the revival of the brewing tradition. Homebrewers have shown over the years that they can very successfully create unique and exciting beers. Christian Moerlein’s desire is to nurture this enthusiasm for more adventurous offerings,” said Richard Dubé, Brewmaster and Vice President of Brewing and Quality for Christian Moerlein Brewing Company.
Beyond providing a venue for the competition and covering nearly all expenses associated with the event, Christian Moerlein will select two first place entries to brew on their system at the Moerlein Lager House to be served to the public. “What is more thrilling for a passionate homebrewer than seeing his/her creation reach a wider audience? Not only will Christian Moerlein offer a platform to judge and comment on their efforts but will also have the pleasure to brew selected winner’s recipes,” said Dubé.
Thanks to the generous support and sponsorship of the Moerlein Cup by Christian Moerlein Brewing, all proceeds raised by entry fees will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, a charity that the Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild has supported since shortly after it’s inception.
Homebrewers, judges, stewards, event volunteers, friends, families and anyone who wants to hang out with a bunch of “beer-people” are invited to attend the awards ceremony and after party at the Christian Moerlein Brewery tap room at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday January 18th. Organizers hope to have a great showing of people who come out and celebrate the first annual Moerlein Cup, the Northern Kentucky Homebrewers Guild and the generosity of our sponsor, Christian Moerlein Brewing. The brewery is located at 1621 Moore St Cincinnati, OH 45202.
If you are interested in volunteering as a judge or steward for the competition, visit www.moerleincup.nkyhomebrewers.org to sign up. You can also stay up to date on all of the competition details on the competition Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MoerleinCup.
I hope to see everyone there!