Entries are now being accepted for the Second Annual Delaware Homebrew Championship to be judged during the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village in Dover.
The event is an American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned competition, meaning the champion brewer will be chosen by Beer Judge Certified Program judges. The team of certified judges will select the Delaware Homebrew Champion at first place and the second-place winner. The first-place winner will receive $1,000 in prizes and cash including a full-day “brewternship” at Fordham & Dominion Brewery; a two-night lodging package at MainStay Suites; a private tour, T-shirt and growler from Mispillion River Brewing; as well as cash and other prizes. Second-place winner will receive a two-night lodging package at MainStay Suites, and cash and prizes valued at $500. Top winners in each of the five brewing categories will receive medallions from the judges and trophies from the VIP voters.
To purchase a VIP ticket go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vip-admission-delaware-wine-and-beer-festival-tickets-11916641997. VIP ticket buyers will receive event admission, 10 regular sampling tickets, 10 homebrew sampling tickets, commemorative festival beer glass, limited-edition Good Libations Tour sportpack and homebrew competition voting rights to select the popular vote winners.
The five categories will include IPA (American/Imperial); American Ale (Pale, Amber, and Brown); Delaware-Grown Fruit Beer; Belgian/French Ale; and Specialty.
To enter the competition, purchase in advance a $10 Brew Competition ticket online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/delaware-home-brew-championship-delaware-agriculture-museum-tickets-11879169917, or, call Kent County Tourism at 302-734-8309.
Competitors are required to deliver their beer (minimum of six bottles) to the festival between 9 and 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. Competitors may also purchase a festival ticket with five tastings for an additional $10.
“We had an outstanding selection of entries last year,” said Charles Gray, director of sales at Kent County Tourism, who is coordinating the competition.” “For 2014, we’ve dramatically increased the first- and second-place awards, so we anticipate more entries.” This year’s competition will be limited to 50 entries on a first-come, first-served basis.
Featuring all of Delaware’s breweries, wineries and distilleries, the fifth annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival is the original, official and only national award-winning festival of its type in Delaware.
The theme is Drink Local, Eat Local and Buy Local, and the festival will feature select Delaware restaurants serving seafood, barbecue and gourmet sandwiches; 40 Delaware artists and artisans just in time for tax-free holiday shopping, a keg-tossing competition and two live bands.
For tickets, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/delaware-wine-and-beer-festival-2014-tickets-11433396597. For information on the event, which is owned and managed by Kent County Tourism, a nonprofit destination marketing organization headquartered in Dover, visit http://www.DelawareWineandBeerFestival.com, or call 800-233-5368.