We are planning a special big brew event for Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Montgomeryville that will be the ultimate in regional club competitions. For many years we have hosted a group barrel brew in the fall, inviting homebrewers to bring their systems to our Montgomeryville store to brew a recipe that would be combined and fermented in either bourbon barrels or apple brandy barrels. This year we are not only inviting individuals, but we are also extending an invitation to all regional homebrew clubs (subject to validation) to join us for this terrific event. We are excited about the opportunity to host a gathering for many members of the homebrewing community, to brew in preparation for the upcoming National Homebrewers Conference, and to offer a fantastic grand prize to the winner of an exciting new inter-club competition. There is no fee to participate in the event or to enter the competition. Read on for details, and please fill out the sign-up form at the bottom of this page. You can find even more details on our page of frequently asked questions.
Keystone Homebrew Supply will donate to each club its choice of either an apple brandy barrel or a whiskey/bourbon barrel (~53 gallon capacity).
Beers must be brewed at Keystone Homebrew Supply on Saturday October 27 and be added to the designated club barrel on that date.
Each club determines their own recipe and ageing schedule, brews their own beer on their own brew systems, and makes their own barrel additions (if any). We recommend 35 to 45 gallons of wort per barrel.
A select group of unaffiliated and entirely incorruptible celebrity judges will judge the barrel brews on Club Night of the 2013 AHA conference in Philadelphia.
The winning club, as determined by the celebrity panel, will receive the 2013 Keystone Barrel Club Champion Award.
The Keystone Barrel Brew Club Champion Award will depend on the number of participating clubs:
2-5 participating clubs $300 in Keystone Gift Certificates
6-10 participating clubs $500 in Keystone Gift Certificates
11+ participating clubs $1,000 in Keystone Gift Certificates
We have plenty of space rain or shine for your club to spread out and brew, and we will also handle storage of the barrel. In addition to all the homebrews that will be shared, we have several sponsors that have generously signed up to supply food and beer for the event:
If your club is planning to participate, please fill out the following form. This is mostly for us to get a rough headcount (and to determine the prize amount), and we won’t hold you to your answers. We would also like to learn a little more about your club. Feel free to include any preliminary details about the beer you plan to brew in the Comments field. Note: fields with an * are required.