Home Brewers: This One’s for You

April 09, 2011

If you use your Chicago home to brew beer, I’ve got quite the competition for you.

Pilsner Urquell is inviting home brewers throughout the country to brew a Czech-style pilsner. Three winners will have the chance to earn trips for two to Plzen, Czech Republic to tour the historic brewery, as well as attend the International Master Bartender Competition in Prague.

The Pilsner Urquell Master Home Brewer competitions will take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. this August.

Pilsner Urquell translates to “original source” and requires an intricate brewing process that includes the use of soft water, Saaz hops, pale malts and triple decoction.

But I guess if you qualify to enter this contest, you already knew that.

Saaz Hops

Saaz hops

The dates for the competition:

*New York: August 8

*Washington, D.C.: August 10

*Chicago: August 12

Looks like our city is the grand finale.

Contestants will need to bring three 10 to 14-ounce bottles of their home brew to the competition.

A panel of experienced judges, including Vaclav Berka, the Pilsner Urquell Brew Master in Plzen, will sample each and select winners based on:

*70 percent — Accuracy of a Czech-style pilsner

*15 percent — Cleanliness or absence of off flavors

*15 percent — Artistic impression

“Home brewing is becoming more and more popular, and these brewers keep getting more talented, so we’re excited to offer this challenging opportunity,” said Berka, who is only the sixth Pilsner Urquell Brew Master since 1842. “The competitors will need to brew carefully, but the potential prize, including their wonderful batch of beer, should be a strong incentive.”

Want to enter? Do it quickly. Pilsner Urquell is limiting the competition in each city to the first 50 home brewers who reserve a spot by e-mailing their name, phone number and competition city to PilsnerUrquellUSA@gmail.com.

You must be 21 or older to enter. Obviously.

For more information, check out Facebook.com/PilsnerUrquellUSA.


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