2017 Club Barrel Brew Championship

On Saturday, July 22, Keystone Homebrew will host the 2017 Club Barrel Brew Championship, where homebrew clubs from throughout the region will gather to take up arms against our autocratic oppressors enjoy a day of brewing camaraderie and competition. This year, each participating homebrew club will be given a FREE 15 gallon Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey barrel, courtesy of Dad’s Hat. Additional Dad’s Hat barrels may be purchased by participating clubs for a discounted price of $50 (to help us cover the extra barrel costs). There is no fee to participate in the event or to enter the competition, which is open to all regional homebrew clubs (subject to validation). 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.

Congratulations to the Lehigh Valley Homebrewers for taking the top prize in the 2016 competition with their amazing bourbon barrel aged Quad! (They placed third the prior year – so they are clearly a barrel brewing force to be reckoned with.)


Beers must be brewed at Keystone Homebrew Supply on Saturday, July 22 and be either fermented or aged in the designated club barrel.

Each club determines their own recipe and aging schedule, brews their own beer on their own brew systems, and makes their own barrel additions (if any).

We have plenty of space for your club to spread out and brew, and we can also handle storage of the barrel. In addition to all the homebrews that will be shared, we are lining up sponsors to contribute food, beer, and prizes for the event.


A select group of unaffiliated and entirely incorruptible celebrity judges will evaluate the barrel brews and select a winner on Judgment Day in April 2018 (usually the night of first round judging for NHC).

The winning club will receive $500 in Keystone gift certificates – and 15 points toward the Keystone Cup!


Check out the Keystone Hops (Montgomeryville) or the Lehigh Valley Homebrewers (Bethlehem) if you’d like to join a club and be a part of great events like this one. Or visit the American Homebrewers Association for information about other registered clubs.

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