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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Garrison Homebrew Challenge 2010: Ultimate Brew-Off

Belgian Style Witbier has been named the chosen style for Garrison Brewing Co.'s 2nd annual Homebrew Challenge: Ultimate Brew-Off.

Following up on the success of last years challenge Garrison owner Brian Titus and Brewmaster Daniel Girard decided to host the event again and are pleased to release the details for this year.

Participants will be required to formally register by February 28th, and be ready to submit a 20litre batch of the Witbier for judging by March 15th. The winning homebrewer will be rewarded with a day of brewing their creation on a commercial scale with Girard at the Marginal Road brewery, and other prizes are being donated by contest sponsor, Noble Grape.

Visit the Homebrew Challenge: Ultimate Brew-Off website for more information.

**Titus mentioned in an email late last week that last years winning beer should be brewed in next couple weeks and said that the label is already designed & the finished product will be released at the awards night April 1.**


The second annual “Garrison Ultimate Brew-Off” is a competition for home-brewers in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Participants will produce a 5 gal/20li batch of beer based on a pre-determined beer style. Each entry will receive a written review with the top four receiving prizes. The beer judged best overall will be scaled up to commercial size by our Brewmaster, Daniel Girard, and released as a Garrison seasonal*!

Entrants must be homebrewers (non-commercial brewers) from either Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. Beers produced on the premises of a commercial brewery are not eligible;

Beers will be judged according to BJCP Style Guidelines ( The 2010 style is “BELGIAN-STYLE WITBIER”;

Beers must be 1.) all-grain or 2.) extract with hops &/or malt added. Purchased “complete kits” are not eligible. Brews must be properly documented (brewing sheet attached) & fully reproducible; Unfiltered beer is completely acceptable; Total of 2 litres (6 x 341ml, 4 x 500ml, etc.) submitted for review & judging purposes;

$12 registration fee entitles all entrants to a souvenir t-shirt & two tickets to the gala event; Registration deadline is February 28, 2010. Samples must be received by Monday, March 15, 2010.

Review, Judging and Awards Reception:
All entries will receive a written evaluation (including suggestions if applicable) by our award-winning Brewmaster, Daniel Girard;

The top four (4) entries will be selected by Daniel Girard for final judging by BJCP certified judges;

Awards will be handed out at a reception on Thursday, April 1st at Garrison Brewery (1149 Marginal Road) and finalists are asked to bring a quantity of their beer for attendees to sample.

The Gold Medal winner will be invited to join Daniel in brewing a full-sized batch of their recipe for packaging & release as a limited edition seasonal*. They will also receive two flats (48 bottles) of the finished beer, a $75 Noble Grape gift certificate & be presented with a trophy that will remain on display at the brewery;

Prizes will also be given out for Silver, Bronze & Honourable Mention winners.

Good Luck & Drink Independently!

* Garrison retains the right to name & brew the finished product without royalty, compensation or limitation.

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