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.  

Binny's Homebrew Contest


Homebrew Contest Drop Off Binny's Lincoln Park Sunday, August 23rd 11am

  Here’s the deal. We start entries on Sunday, August 23rd, as soon as the doors open at Binny's Chicago - Lincoln Park at 11:00 am. Drop off your entry, complete with a filled entry form. We’re accepting just 75 entries. Contest entry is free. The contest will likely fill up fast; keep an eye on our Twitter and we will announce when the contest is full. Binny's beer experts will judge the 75 entries and narrow them down to the top 15. We'll announce the top 15 HERE the day before the final event.  

Homebrew Contest Final Judging Binny's Lincoln Park Tasting Room Thursday, August 27th 6-8:30pm

  Join us at the Binny's Lincoln Park Tasting Room on Thursday, August 27th, for a special celebrity judging featuring Samuel Adams Founder, Jim Koch. Koch will judge the remaining top 15 homebrews and pick the winner. This event will feature samples of Sam Adams beers, plus we'll have several limited release beers will on draft. Winners will be announced around 7.     Prizes The first place homebrewer will win a trip for two to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, including tickets, airfare and hotel. Several runners up will also win valuable prizes, to be announced. A label is not required, but we do love cool labels. We'll pick one "Best Label" winner, who will receive a $50 Binny’s Gift Card. All participating brewers will receive beer evaluation sheets with judges comments.   Rules - Each household may enter one beer. - Entrants must drop off three 12oz bottles or two 22oz bottles of their beer, plus a completed entry form rubber banded around the bottles. Click here to download entry form. - Entrants must be present at Final Judging Event no later than 7:00 pm on August 27th to claim tasting evaluation sheets and any prizes.   Questions? Leave a comment here on the Binny’s Blog, or email us at Best of luck to everyone!