Back in November of last year, I told you about Reuben’s Brews‘ Hop Idol homebrew contest. As a call back to the homebrewing roots of founder Adam Robbings, Reuben’s Brews held this homebrew competition as a means to help inspire other homebrewers to chase their own brewery dreams.
Entrants could submit up to 5 entries each and all entries were due by January 17th. The judging took place the week of January 21st and now Reuben’s Brews is ready to announce the winner who will get to brew their beer with Reuben’s and see it distributed throughout Western Washington. The winning beer will also be entered into the Washington Beer Awards Pro-Am competition as well as the Great American Beer Festival.
Here is the full press release from Reuben’s Brews:
SEATTLE, Wash. (Jan. 31, 2017) The judging has taken place and the winner of the inaugural Reuben’s Brews “Hop Idol” Homebrew Contest is Jonathan Cooper! His brew beat out 38 other homebrew submissions to take home the title. Just as rewarding as the bragging rights is the opportunity to brew the beer with the Reuben’s Brews team at their brewery and to have it distributed in Western Washington.
“The judging panel was really impressed with Jonathan’s beer,” says Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “It has a great tropical nose, nice balance and juicy hop character. I think we’ll have fun brewing this beer on our system with Jonathan.”
The entries were evaluated and scored in a blind tasting on January 21 at the brewery’s warehouse by a team of about 20 judges. The judging panel included Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certified beer judges, Reuben’s team members, some of Reuben’s wholesale customers and representatives from Reuben’s distributors.
In addition to brewing his American IPA with the Reuben’s team at their brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Jonathan’s beer will be distributed throughout the Northwest and will be entered in the Washington Beer Awards Pro-Am competition as well as the Great American Beer Festival. He will also receive a $250 cash prize, t-shirts and other prizes. The distributed brew will available on tap in the Reuben’s taproom and in bottles around Western Washington starting in May.
Second place honors went to Jason Mooth, and Patrick Boyce and Jonathan Cooper took third place.
“I’d like to thank all of the brewers who took the time to brew their beers and send them to us,” says Robbings. “We appreciate the effort you put into it! Going back to how I got started brewing, I’ve wanted to do a contest like this for a long time and I’m really happy with how it turned out. We received 39 entries, including from as far away as Maine and South Dakota! Home-brewers are doing some great work and I can’t wait to do this again next year!”
About Reuben’s Brews
After the birth of their first child Reuben, Adam and Grace embarked on a mission to brew bloody good beer. Originally from the UK, Adam turned a passionate hobby into a family-run brewery crafting nationally and internationally recognized beers in a wide variety of styles. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has won awards for its beers around the world including at the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the US Open and was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. Find Reuben’s Brews in Western Washington and at its taproom located at 5010 14th Ave NW in Ballard, open 7 days a week. For more information, visit www.reubensbrews.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@reubensbrews).
A big congratulations to Jonathan Cooper! I’ve entered my own share of homebrew competitions over the years and had some moderate success, but I’ve never had the opportunity to see one of my beers scaled up to production batch size and distributed. How exciting for Jonathan and may this inspire him to chase his own brewery dreams. As noted above, you can look for Jonathan Cooper’s IPA on tap and in bottles starting this May.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.