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Northern Kentucky Homebrewer's Guild to host Moerlein Cup homebrew competition

Top 2 beers to be brewed by Christian Moerlein

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CINCINNATI -- It’s the desire of almost every homebrewer to one day see their beer on tap at a brewery, and thanks to one local homebrew club that dream may become real.

The Northern Kentucky Homebrewer’s Guild is hosting a homebrew competition sponsored by the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company for the first-ever Moerlein Cup.

The organizers said the two Best of Show beers will be chosen by the brewers at Moerlein to be brewed at the Christian Moerlein Lager House at The Banks.

Entries are capped at 300. Competition director and guild member Michael Roszkowski said they had 246 entries by Monday.

The bragging rights and grand prize aren't the only reason to take part.

“Since we do not collect dues or deal with income we decided to donate all proceeds to a charity that we have been very active in fundraising for in the last year and one that hits close to home for many of our brewers,” NKY Homebrewers Guild founder Jon Covey said.

All the proceeds from the event will go to the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Covey said the idea for the competition had been discussed for some time. He said he hopes it will be a successful addition to an already great lineup of local homebrew competitions in the Tri-State.

He said that after hearing of a previous effort to make the Moerlein Cup happen last year, his guild took up the event and worked out the details with Christian Moerlein to make the competition a reality.

The registration deadline is Jan. 11. The beer will be judged on Jan. 18 at the Christian Moerlein Brewery on Moore Street in Over-the-Rhine.

Organizers said there will be an awards ceremony and after party once the judging is completed.

The group also is still looking for judges and stewards to take part in the event. The organizers said they could use more judges and will be partnering novice judges with experienced BJCP judges.

Any homebrewer who would like to learn more about the judging process and brewing in general is urged to apply.

“Entering your beer in a homebrew competition is a great way to receive unbiased feedback from experienced and ranked judges. This can give you an opportunity to improve your brewing and recipes based upon the judges feedback,” Covey said.

The organizers said entrants will be judged by many of the pro-brewers in the Cincinnati area, as well as regional BJCP judges.

The only restriction entries have is that they cannot be brewed on a commercial system or at a brew on premise operation. All homebrew including all-grain, kits and ciders are welcome.

“Even pro-brewers can enter as long as the beer was made on homebrewing equipment,” Roszkowski said.

Interested homebrewers can head to www.moerleincup.nkyhomebrewers.org to register and find more details.

First time participants are also encouraged to check out the guild’s website to learn more on how to enter a competition.

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