Homebrew comp whets the appetite
IT'S a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Judging for the Grafton Show Homebrewing Competition is just over a month away, and it's safe to say beer connoisseurs Matt Chapman and Jack Lumley are in a position to be envied.
As the event's chief stewards, they have the privilege of tasting each entry alongside the judges, who will then assign scores based on characteristics such as clarity, head retention and of course taste.
This year's Grafton Show Homebrewing Competition is expected to be the largest yet, and Mr Chapman said Pale Ales, Pilseners, Lagers and Stouts were some of the beer styles expected to be submitted this year.
"Most people don't know how many different styles of beer there are out there, there's hundreds," Mr Chapman said.
"Variety is the spice of life, so I guess that applies to beer."
There are eight beer classes being represented this year, as well as others covering mead, ginger beer, cider, wine and liqueurs.
The best in each class are then identified before an overall winner in each group is awarded, giving them exclusive bragging rights until next year.
"Home brewers are passionate about their beer and are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to share their craft and know-how with others," Mr Chapman said.
A passionate home brewer himself, the computer technician sums up his love for the legendary liquid pretty well: "I guess my favourite beer is the one that's in my hand at the time." Entries can be obtained from the show office, or via Facebook
For details phone 66422240.
With wines being entered in the first Grafton Show held on April 30, 1867, the history of the homebrew event is a long one.
In 1904, entrant J.G Kempnich of Maclean Brewery secured the honour of best beer brewed in NSW, and was award the substantial prize of £1/1/- for his efforts.