Results of the 4th Annual JCBC Homebrew Competition

Thank you to everyone that submitted beer to the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice competitions. We had almost 40 entries to the Judge’s Choice competition this year, and 15 for the People’s Choice (along with a few other beers to share). We had a good turnout for the People’s Choice tasting (about 400 people, I think?), the first year we’ve done the contest without being part of the 4th St Arts Fest.

For everyone that submitted to Judge’s Choice, we will hold the scoresheets at The Thirsty Quaker for the next week if you would like to pick them up. After that, we will email scanned copies of any that have not been picked up.
If you’re a bit impatient, you can scroll down now and see the winners, but first I’d like to give a quick shoutout to the sponsors who gave us prizes and logistical support to make this contest what it is.
The Thirsty Quaker – awesome homebrew shop and great beer selection
HopsScotch – Great beer and whiskey bar. they host our monthly meetings and have always been supportive.
Barcade – Always new beer and great videogames
Jersey City Theater Center – the people behind Merseles Studios and White Eagle Hall
NJ Beer Co – now with THIRTY taps at the Prudential Center!
9th & Coles Tavern – wonderful food and wonderful people
Madame Claude Wine & Cafe – the best French food you’ll find, and a great wine shop to pair with it
Abbey’s Pub & Grill – hookah and billiards!
Golden Grille – Great barbecue and grilled food on Newark Ave
Union Republic – ramen so good people from Manhattan come to check it out
Milk Sugar Love – new ice cream shop on Hamilton Park
Another Man’s Treasure – cool vintage clothing and jewlery
Jersey City Arts School – classes for all levels
Delenio Restaurant – the best penne vodka in the WORLD
Ben LoPiccolo Development Group – the development group doing White Eagle Hall & Merseles Studios have been very supportive of our club
Honorable Mention – Judge’s Choice
Keith Koval – Giggles & Sunshine – Oktoberfest/Marzen
2nd Place – Judge’s Choice
James Manley – Thaison – Saison with Galangal, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Thai Chili, and Curry leaves
1st Place – Judge’s Choice
Keith Koval – Payback Porter
Honorable Mention – People’s Choice
Matt Ventura – Aleusion Ale
2nd Place – People’s Choice
Jim O’Brien – Milk Stout
1st Place – People’s Choice
Matt Hersh – Mosaic Single Hop Pale Ale
 Thanks everyone!

Judge’s Choice Submission Details

If you are submitting to the Judge’s Choice contest, please follow the below instructions:

1: Fill out and print a bottle ID form AND a detail form for each entry you are submitting. The detail form can contain as much or as little recipe detail as you like.
2: Attach a bottle ID form to each of two bottles for your entry by rubber band and include one copy of the detail form.
3: Submit along with $5 cash payment at The Thirsty Quaker (492 Monmouth St, Jersey City, NJ) by Friday, September 19. You can also mail entries to this address.

 

JCBC is now insured!

Thanks to the American Homebrewers Association, the Jersey City Brew Club is now insured! The AHA worked out a deal with West Insurance to insure homebrew clubs around the country under a group program which allows up to $1 million liability and liquor liability insurance for each instance.

The cost is only $3.50 per member – your dues at work! It’s a great price, and gives our club a bit of extra insurance should something happen at one of our events.

Announcing the 4th Annual JCBC Homebrew Contest!

The 4th St Arts Fest has come to an end, but JCBC’s Annual Homebrew Contest hasn’t! This year we are joining Jersey City Theater Center for their “Artoberfest” at Merseles Studios to host our homebrew contest. Artoberfest will be a day of art, music, and food, with beer from local breweries, including NJ Beer Co! And of course, homebrew!

Saturday, September 27

The format this year will be a little different than what we usually do. There are going to be two prize groups for this year’s contest, judged in different ways:

  • Judge’s Choice – This year’s contest is BJCP Sanctioned, meaning you will get great feedback from BJCP-certified judges. The entry fee is $5, and two unlabeled bottles (with entry sheet) must be dropped off at The Thirsty Quaker by Friday, September 19. The entry fee will be waived if also joining the People’s Choice competition. At the moment, only 75 entrants will be allowed, but more spots may open if we get more judges. These entries will be judged the week before, Saturday September 20.
  • People’s Choice – The people’s choice will be similar to previous years, where contestants bring up to 5 gallons of beer to serve to attendees. If joining the People’s Choice competition, your entry fee for Judge’s Choice is waived. Kegs or bottles are both fine. Entrants may bring multiple beers, but will be limited to entering only two for consideration. Ice and tubs will be provided. Space is set at a maximum of 24 entrants!
  • Volunteers & Judges – If you are BJCP certified, we would love to have you attend and judge our entrants! If you are not a certified judge, we could still use your help the day of, by organizing beer for the judges and helping brewers with pouring. Sign up below!

Sign up as a judge or volunteer

Sign up as a brewer

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Tickets on sale now for JCBC Summer Walking Tour July 26

Curious to see local homebrewers’ setups? Take an afternoon tour of Hoboken and Jersey City, visiting home breweries and sampling homebrewed beer. After the tour, head home or stay late to join us at a Jersey City bar! Homebrewers and curious beer lovers both welcome!

This tour will include 4 stops in Hoboken and Jersey City, with multiple samples of homebrewed beer and snacks at each stop. The ticket also includes a one-way ticket on the Light Rail.

Note: This is a walking tour, taking 5-20 minutes between stops. Please wear appropriate footwear. Also, please come with a full stomach to offset all the beer!

Get your tickets fast, once they are sold out, we will not put any more on sale!

Details and tickets here: http://jcbctour2014.brownpapertickets.com

The Jersey City Malt Liquor Challenge!

The Jersey City Malt Liquor Challenge has begun! If you want to enter the Malt Liquor Challenge, just brew up enough malt liquor to share, and bring it to our BBQ on Sunday, August 31 (the day before Labor Day. Time and location tbd).

We’ll have two awards: Best in Show, and True to Style, voted on by the participants. At the moment, the prizes are just bragging rights, but if we get enough entrants we’ll think up something more appropriate.

Comment here or use our Contact Page  if you’d like to participate.

Style Guidelines:

  • Grain bill must be over 50% adjuncts
  • Alcohol percentage should be 6-9.5% by volume (any higher and it’s basically just a tripel or quad)
  • Color should be straw to amber
  • Should be clear
  • Lagering is recommended but not necessary

Your malt liquor doesn’t need to be in 40s, but that would probably earn you some cred.

Our calendar & events are down at the moment

Just an FYI that our events are currently not working. We’re trying to sort it out. In the meantime, here are the important events you need to know about:

Saturday, May 3 Beer & Chili Fest @ Grove St

Sunday, May 18 Grand Opening BBQ @ The Thirsty Quaker

June 12-14 National Homebrew Conference in Grand Rapids, MI

Our Monthly Meeting, the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ HopsScotch Bar on Washington St, Jersey City. Next meeting is May 21

Info about this Saturday’s Beer & Chili Fest!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 9AM Saturday, we need a couple people (2-4) to help set up our tent and tables. It won’t take more than 30 minutes, but the tent is huge. We only have about 6 tables so that won’t take much time at all.

WHEN TO BRING YOUR BEER: We’ll be serving from about 1-5. Please bring your beer by NOON. If you can’t bring your beer personally, or will be held up, bring your beer to The Thirsty Quaker, and I’ll bring it over in the morning. My shop is already turning into a keg camp, I won’t mind a few more.

WHAT THE FESTIVAL WILL PROVIDE: Tables, ice, tubs, cups, signs.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: Your beer, bottle openers, a jockey box if you have one, any CO2 tanks/regulators (if you have spares, I’d appreciate it).

IF YOU DON’T HAVE 5 GALLONS: Bring some beer anyway, it will be a fun day and we can share, whether it’s a full 5 gallons or just a few bottles you have lying around.

OTHER STUFF: If you’re bringing beer, you don’t have to pay, of course. If you want to volunteer to help serve beer, let us know. And remember, we’ll be serving as a group, so we can all switch off and walk around and enjoy the chili and music.

Thanks!

 

Facebook page for event

Advance Tickets

JCBC sampling @ Newark Ave Street Fair

The JCBC will be serving up flights of homebrew at the street fair going on at Grove St & Newark Ave in early May. This awesome street fair is being put on by 4th Street Arts, and will feature music and chili! It’s not a contest, we’ll all be at a couple tables together working a few jockey boxes, so don’t worry about having to hunker down and talk about your beer the whole time, we can all work together.

Also, brewers will be compensated for the grain, hops, yeast, and whatever else they put into their beer (about $50 / beer, I believe). Nice!

For more info, visit the following links:
Sign up here
Official event page
JCBC discussion page