High quality brews expected at homebrew competition

CHEERS: Goldmines general manager Justin McPhail, Bendigo Beer committee member Pete Martin and competition co-organiser Scott Seymour. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

CHEERS: Goldmines general manager Justin McPhail, Bendigo Beer committee member Pete Martin and competition co-organiser Scott Seymour. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

High quality brews expected at homebrew competition

SOME of central Victoria's best homebrews will be on display at Goldmines Hotel this week.

The 5th Annual Bendigo Beer Homebrew Competition will see a wide range of unique brews entered for judging.

"There will be a lot of different brews and judges will be looking for the most 'out there' beer," organiser Scott Seymour said.

"We have people's choice awards, a judges award and, for the first time, a 'truest-to-style' beer award."

About 20 entries have been received for the competition with Mr Seymour saying the quailty is always high.

"We're in our fifth year now and the quality gets better every year," he said.

"The first time we had it at Basement Bar and thought we might get 30 people along but about 85 or 90 turned up and there were 27 different beers there.

Scott Seymour and Pete Martin talk homebrew

"The quality is just outstanding." 

Bendigo Beer committee member and fellow organiser Pete Martin has won the homebrew competition before.

"I entered in 2011 for a laugh and to see where I was at, and I took it out," he said.

"I might enter this year with a German lager.

"Most beers need a good four or five hours brewing and about a month before trying it." 

Mr Martin said most homebrewers start with brewing kits and progress from there.

"That's where I started and heard about all-grain brewing and started getting into that," he said.

"Then I started my own business and began supplying it around the area."

Judges will be looking for "sessionability", a good balance between malt and hops and drinkability.

Goldmines will also be serving beer food such as sliders, burgers, taco, smoked ribs and bar snacks.

It will help provide a strong atmosphere for brewers and beer connoisseurs.

"Some brewers come from out of town but its great to get the homebrewers together to compare notes and have a chat about what they're brewing," Mr Seymour said.

Tickets for the Bendigo Beer Homebrew Competition are limited and cost $10 (or free for non-beer drinkers). Goldmines Hotel opens at 1.30pm with tasting from 2pm.

For more information log on to www.bendigobeer.com/event/5th-annual-bendigo-beer-homebrew-competition

See a video of Scott Seymour and Pete Martin talking beer at www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au

We're in our fifth year now and the quality gets better every year. It is just outstanding. - Scott Seymour

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