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Homebrew Competitions / 13th Annual Oregon Brew Crew Fall Classic!
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:58:59 PM »
Entries due Oct 16th. Competition held October 25th in Portland, OR.

Last year's BOS winner walked away with a 15-gallon steel conical fermenter. What will it be this year (we don't know yet, but it's going to be something awesome!)


I, for one, was immediately disappointed at this announcement.  However, I promptly realized maybe it's a great opportunity for clubs to come together and do this themselves.

I'd like to know what other clubs might be interested in continuing style-specific competitions limited to one-entry per club. In discussion with other Oregon Brew Crew board members, we'd certainly be interested in hosting a style "invitational."

With the AHA no longer having Club-Only competitions, clubs would not receive NHC Club of the Year points for participation. I'd like to see if this would discourage club participation in something like this: how much of a motivator were these points?

Also, I'm curious if other clubs would interested in establishing a collaboration of "invitational" competitions toward some final seasonal outcome.

Let's please discuss.

Ted Assur
OBC Competition Chair

Homebrew Competitions / Re: East West Rivalry?
« on: May 02, 2013, 02:58:16 AM »
Yeah, I might know somebody in the OBC ....  ;D

The OBC vs. BEERS Cross-Country Brew Off was in fact something I approached the BEERS with last year. It wasn't quite formalized until December or January.

Ted Assur
OBC Competition Chair


In addition, the winning recipe will be scaled up to the 15bbl system at Buckman Botanical Brewery, and served around Portland, Oregon as the beer that won that Heart of Cascadia.  Winning brewer will be involved in recipe formulation and scaling, and can join in the process at the brewery for brew day.

Oregon Brew Crew Announces New Homebrew Competition, The “Heart of Cascadia” for Cascadian Dark Ale.

Portland, OR - Attention all homebrewers! The Oregon Brew Crew (OBC) homebrewing club is excited to announce its first Heart of Cascadia CDA Homebrew Competition sponsored by Brew Brothers Homebrew Products. A BJCP ( Sanctioned competition, the Heart of Cascadia is open to entries from all national and international homebrewers.

Cascadian Dark Ales (CDAs) are a decidedly Northwest take on an emerging style with various names. “Black” IPA’s, India “Dark” Ales, American-Style India Black Ale are all names you've probably heard. CDAs are dark, with a mild roast character, and dominant hop nose and flavor. The CDA takes it up a notch and highlights the Northwest hop drive and flavors.

The Heart of Cascadia is an expansion of the club’s Fall Classic competition, where the Cascadian Dark Ale has been featured as a special style for the last two years. Due to the popularity of the style, the OBC has decided to host a competition to raise awareness of CDAs and the local roots of this style.

Registration is available on the OBC website, The entry fee is only $7 per beer.

All entries are due by April 12, 2013. Drop off locations include FH Steinbart in Portland, and Brew Brothers in Hillsboro. Check out the website for the full list of drop-off sites.

Judging will be held April 20, and the winner will be announced that afternoon. Entries will be judged based on the proposed BJCP style guidelines. Guidelines and judging location are listed on the club website. This competition will follow all AHA/BJCP rules, available at

The winner will receive a $150 gift certificate from Brew Brothers and a personalized commemorative glass. And the honor of winning, the HEART OF CASCADIA.

For questions or more information, send an email to

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Brew Crew is one of the oldest and largest home brewing clubs in the United States. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and advancement of home brewing and beer appreciation.

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