|Craft Beer Judges hard at work during West Coaster Magazine's first annual Homebrewing Contest|
Image: Mike Shess/Westcoastersd.com
|A few of the entries|
MAGAZINE POSTS RESULTS—San Diego-based craft beer magazine and website held its first homebrewing contest. “And, we have a winner,” said Ryan Lamb, Editor of West Coaster (www.westcoastersd.com). Nicholas Rakovec took first place honors after a recent judging held over the weekend in North Park. “Many thanks to those who entered beers in West Coaster’s first homebrewing contest, as well as our steward (Ryan Fisher) and judges: Brian Trout, George Thornton, Kim Sparrow, Eric Woltz, and Ryan Reschan,” said Editor Lamb.
Competition organizer and cheerleader Brian Trout had the great idea more than a year ago to put together this competition, which required entrants to brew with a local ingredient. Now we’re looking forward to future competitions with a similar format, added Lamb, who heads the four year old magazine and website.
SofaKing Sweet ‘n Spicy
DETAILS: Sparkling ale with mango extract addition, fermented with jalapeños and serrano chilis. Sourced from home garden, Hillcrest farmers market, and Capella Flavors Inc. (San Marcos).
Prizes: (1) 55# Bag of Patagonia Extra Pale Malt (Chile) from The Homebrewer and BSG, (2) Free Vials of Yeast from White Labs, (1) BrewMasters Craft Beer Game from White Labs, (1) $50 Certificate for Beer and Food at Bella Vista Social Club, (1) T-Shirt and Private Tour from Mike Hess Brewing in North Park.
San Diegose – Leipziger Gose
DETAILS: Gose brewed using ocean water from Coronado.
Prizes: (2) Free Vials of Yeast from White Labs, (1) T-Shirt from White Labs, (1) Beer Flight and Keeper Glass from Mike Hess Brewing in North Park.
Saison dú Melange – Tangerine
DETAILS: Farmhouse Tart Saison made with Tangerines off parents’ tree in Poway.
Prizes: (1) Free Vials of Yeast from White Labs, (1) T-Shirt from White Labs
DETAILS: --Made with fresh apples off the tree in Big Bear and spontaneously fermented
Prizes: (1) Free Vials of Yeast from White Labs, (1) T-Shirt from White Labs.