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8th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Winners Recognized

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Wow – where do we begin?! This year, we accepted 75 entries and the top 17 were judged by beer legend and Boston Beer co-founder, Jim Koch. We were blown away by the incredible homebrew entries and had a blast drinking some delicious Sam Adams beers with Jim Koch. Congratulations to Jon Weaver for brewing a professional quality Kolsch that won him two tickets to the Great American Beer Festival and to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 8th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!

 

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Beer Trends: Herbal Beers Take Root in Chicago

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Everybody knows about the Reinheitsgebot – the Germany Beer Purity Law of 1516. But there is a growing collection of brewers looking outside the traditional toolbox of water, grain, yeast and hops for exciting new flavors. A recent write-up in Crain’s about beer trends got us thinking about some of our own favorite herbal beers – from hot new arrivals to old standards. Our top five:

 

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Blister in the Sun Beer Cocktails

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American craft brewers are famous for innovation, from blurring stylistic lines, using bold new hops or adding unique herbs, fruits and spices. Wisconsin Brewing Company’s new beer Blister in the Sun is a perfect example of this kind of ingenuity, with the bold hop profile of IPA, the creaminess of Belgian Wit and the crisp finish of lager all rolled into one exceptional brew. We had never heard of an India White Lager before, but we’re glad we discovered this one. This spirit of experimentation inspired us to craft some beer cocktails using this refreshing new brew.
 

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8th annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams

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The homebrewers below have moved on to the second round. The winner will be announced at 7pm on Thursday, August 27th at our Lincoln Park Tasting Room:
 
Keith Bosker
Michael Casmer
John Comastro
Jason Deal
Matt Emilino
Larry Gualano
Nick Gualano
Dave Hellwege
Ken Kaczmarek
Ian Kalmes & Tom Monahan
Jeff and Jackie Kopala
Daniel Morgan
Michael Pastore
Brandon Simak
Gregg Stark
Jon Weaver
Jim Williams

 

The Binny’s Homebrew Contest is back! This year, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. That’s right, Samuel Adams Founder Jim Koch will pick our winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Details below.

 

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