Reuben’s Hosts The Third Annual Hop Idol Homebrew Contest

Are you a homebrewer?  Do you think you’ve gotten pretty good at it?  Do you think your beers are good enough to be brewed on a large scale, canned and sold to the craft beer masses here in Seattle?  Then Ruben’s Brews has the contest for you.  Returning for the third straight year, Reuben’s Brews presents: “Hop Idol”.

It’s time to refine your best hoppy recipes and hone your brewing techniques so you can put your best brew(s) forward.  Don’t wait too long to start either, because the cutoff date for entries is February 27, 2019.  It all comes down to you and your brew, because (Best Ryan Seacrest impersonaltion) THIS………. is Hop Idol!

Here is the full press release from Reuben’s Brews:

Reuben’s Brews is looking for the next great homebrew in the 3rd Annual “Hop Idol” Homebrew Contest. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to brew his or her winning beer with the Reuben’s Brews team in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The beer will then be released at the brewery’s tasting rooms in May, distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest, and entered into the Washington Beer Awards and the Pro-Am category at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival. Last year’s competition had over 116 entries from as near as Seattle to as far as Alabama. Entries must arrive between February 20 and February 27, 2019.

The Hop Idol Homebrew Contest accepts hop-forward brews, and contestants may enter up to five different beers. The program is a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certified homebrew competition. All entries are blind tasted and scored against the BJCP style guidelines for which they are entered, focusing on hoppy styles. Judging will take place on Saturday, March 2 with a winner announced on Friday, March 8.

Each submission requires a $5 entry fee, which will then be donated to support Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute.  For complete contest rules and guidelines, as well as required entry recipe forms and shipping address, please visit:

If you think you’ve got more than one recipe that has a shot at winning, don’t limit yourself to just one entry.  As noted above, each contestant may enter up to 5 different beers in the competition.  So get to brewing, get those entries in and good luck to all who enter.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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