Home brewers are frothing at the mouth to compete at the Winnipeg Brew Bombers’ inaugural Half Pints Pro/Am Challenge this week.
“We’ve got 404 entries — way more than expected,” David Phillips, Con-Test prairies regional manager said Sunday. “I was shocked by the response from the home brewers in Winnipeg.”
About 40-50 entrants are from professional brew makers and about 150 of the rest are locals.
Samples have ‘poured’ in from across Canada, including Yellowknife, Quebec and B.C.
“It’s going to raise awareness of craft beer and home brewing and show people that home brewing is a serious hobby,” Phillips said.
“The home-brew community has been very supportive of Half Pints and this is a fun place where you can experiment,” Half Pints co-owner Nicole Barry said.
“The Best in Show winner will get their beer brewed by Half Pints, who will bring it to market,” Phillips said, adding that the winner will not get a percentage of any sales due to local liquor laws. “A lot of people don’t expect to get medals, they just want feedback.”
The activities include a ‘Meet the Judges’ night at the Yellow Dog Tavern on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; a five-course dinner at Mise Bistro ($65 for food, dinner, taxes and gratuities) on Friday; and the awards ceremony at Barley Brothers on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three beers in each of 23 categories for both pros and amateurs.
For more info, check www.winnipegbrewbombers.ca/competition/awards-ceremony.