Have you ever dreamed of seeing your Homebrew sporting a blue ribbon, up on the podium alongside New Jersey's tastiest tomato, most pristine pumkin pie, handsomest heifer, speediest sheep shearer, most exquisite quilt, and beardiest lumberjack? It's time to enter the NJ State Fair Homebrew Competition! See below for dates and info.
SCUBA has taken the title of the New Jersey Homebrew Club of the Year for 2018! This marks the third year of the competition, which consists of a three competition circuit concluding with the New Jersey State Fair Competition in July. MASH held the award for the first two years of the competition. The winning club takes home the Trophy Keg, filled with beer provided by the previous year's title holder.
Congrats to SCUBA's Wayne Denheyer and Marc Russell for winning the 2018 Homebrewer of the Year title! Wayne and Marc now share the title with clubmember Mike Orloski, the 2017 winner -- earning SCUBA the trophy for two out of the three years that it has been awarded. In second place for 2018 was SCUBA member Eric Wembacher.
We are a homebrew club located in Sussex County, New Jersey. We meet to promote our hobby, share our knowledge of brewing, coordinate beer events, and enjoy each other's homebrews. We welcome other brewers to join us.
We meet on the first Friday of every month. Join fellow beer lovers to discuss brewing, practice judging, and sample beer. Feel free to bring a friend and bring homebrew if you have some to share. Find current detailed information in Meetings.
To get the most up to date information, join our Facebook group, where events are posted and members keep in touch. You can also join our email list at Google Groups to send and receive email from all members.
2018 New Jersey State Fair Homebrew Competition Results
Best of Show (334 entries)
|1st||Eric Wembacher||Royal Velvet||Melomel|
|2nd||Bobby Mierzejwski||It's October Somewhere||Marzen||GSHB|
|3rd||Wayne Denheyer||One of Three||Czech Lager||SCUBA|
Table 1: American Lagers (6 entries)
|1st||Jared Dougherty||'merica||American Lager||Morris Area Society of Homebrewers|
|2nd||Wayne Denheyer||Dead Mouse||American Light Lager||Sussex County United Brewers and Alchemists (SCUBA)|
|3rd||Gregg Diefenbach||Wisecrack Light Lager||American Light Lager||Saratoga Thoroughbrews|
The BJCP has release provisional style guidelines for New England IPA. Judges will use these guidelines at this year's NJSF Homebrew Competition. Read on for the full guidelines, or check out the BJCP site.
July 2018 SCUBA Monthly Meeting Minutes
Urgent Info: In order to assure the quality of judging (and an optimal workload for judges), entry registration for the NJ State Fair Homebrew Comp has been closed at 325 entries. Last year we judged almost 400 entries. We have 23 judges at the moment, which is lower than we’ve had in the past. We also need stewards. Please register NOW as a volunteer/steward.
The meeting opened with a cheers from our 23 attendees at the Fairgrounds to Bob Smith, who took a Silver at the National Competition in Portland last month. Check the Facebook page to see Bob limp up to accept his medal, and to see SCUBA’s name up on the big screen. The NHC is, I think, the biggest beer competition in the world with 8405 entries (the World Beer Cup was about 8200). So now SCUBA has two medals to its name (Chris and Craig took a mead medal a few years back).
Returning to the NJ State Fair Homebrew Competition in 2018:
The Jersey Pride Category!
If you have a beer, cider, or mead that captures the essence of the Garden State, enter it into this battle for Jersey cred in this non-BJCP special category. Maybe you’ve gathered all your ingredients from Sussex County, maybe the recipe is inspired by a Springsteen song, maybe there’s Taylor Ham in the secondary, maybe you’ve aged it in a Laird’s barrel... Anything goes – you don’t need to specify a typical beer style or subcategory – but you DO need to describe the ingredient, technique, history, and/or concept that makes your brew particularly Jersey. Entries will be judged on “Jersey Pride” (concept and name) “Execution” (how well the concept is expressed) and “Craft” (technique and overall enjoyment), and will not receive normal BJCP scores/scoresheets.
Congratulations to Captain Mike Orloski, the 2017 New Jersey Homebrewer of the Year! The competition was tough this year, with the top four brewers having a beer at the Best of Show table at Motown Mash. But Mike clinched it by making an amazing show at the competition and taking 2nd Place Best of Show with his Irish Red Ale, a great culmination to his year of hard work.
Best of Show
|1st||Tom Jambor||Benedict Arnold||5D: German Pils||Morris Area Society of Homebrewers (MASH NJ)|
|2nd||Michael Orloski||Irish Red||15A: Irish Red Ale||
|3rd||Edward Walkowski||Baxter's Ice Cider||C2D: Ice Cider||Scranton Brewers Guild|
|HM||Dan Roebuck||Wheatwine||22D: Wheatwine||MASH|
The NJSFHC is thankful to all of the businesses who provide a treasure trove of prizes for our winners, judges, and volunteers. Take a look at our list of sponsors and be sure to say thanks by patronizing their businesses. This year we gave out over $4,000 worth of prizes.