Read all about it: hot brew news + some sobering data

In our column in the brandy-new Fringe 2018 issue of Motif, we collected intel from Newport Craft Brewing [lotsa new releases!], Shaidzon, Revival, and Ragged Island; shouted out the Craft Brew Races happening this weekend and the on-sale-now Beervana Fest tix; and shared some data re: how yr beer-drinking affects your actuarial status.

Click here to read the HTML version, and/or click here and flip to page 11 for the Virtual Newspaper Experience [greatly enhanced by the ever-impressive Motif redesign]!

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Psst: Beervana Fest tix are on sale . . .

Beervana Fest 2018 — the 10th Anniversary Celebration — will take place on October 12 from 6:30-10 pm at Rhodes-On-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston. Sixty tables, 250-plus beers . . . We’ve written quite a few pieces about the fest; dive into the archives for the effusive missives.

Tix are $55 [$60.12 w/ fees]. Click here to get ’em!

Read all about it: welcome to Beer On Earth, and more brew news!!

In our column in the brandy-new Theater Awards Nominees issue of Motif, we collected intel on the grand opening of Beer On Earth — happening this weekend in North Kingstown — plus updates from Buttonwoods, Shaidzon, Revival, Ragged Island, Crooked Current, and Newport Craft Brewing.

Click here to scoop into the digs . . . er, dig into the scoops!

National Homebrewer Conference & Competition to be held in Providence in 2019

This just in from the NHC&C folks:

Nation’s Best Homebrews Awarded in Beervana

National Homebrewers Conference & Competition wraps in Portland, following U.S. Senate passing resolution celebrating American Homebrewers Association’s 40th anniversary

Portland, Ore • June 30, 2018  — Over 3,200 homebrewers and beer enthusiasts gathered at the 40th Annual Homebrew Con presented by the American Homebrewers Association® (AHA) this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center, where they attended seminars, bonded over brews and had their beers judged in the world’s largest beer competition.

On June 28, Homebrew Con’s opening day, the U.S. Senate, led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) passed a resolution honoring the 40th year of the AHA and its founder, Charlie Papazian, who was the conference’s keynote speaker.

Since 1979, the AHA National Homebrew Competition has recognized the most outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider produced by homebrewers worldwide each year. This year’s submissions included 8,405 entries from 3,517 homebrewers located in 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 18 countries. Over its 40-year history, the National Homebrew Competition has evaluated 143,240 brews. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colo., judged 34 beers.

This year’s winners include Michael Rogers of Wichita, Kan., who earned the Homebrewer of the Year Award; Nathan Williams of Somerville, Mass., who won the Cidermaker of the Year Award; and Michael Wilcox of Wichita, Kan., who received the Meadmaker of the Year Award. QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity), based in San Diego, Calif., won the NHC Homebrew Club award; and North Seattle Homebrew Club based in Seattle, Wash., won the Gambrinus Club Award; while Greg Young of Roseville, Calif., won the Samuel Adams Ninkasi Award, for accumulating the most wins in the competition.

A complete list of winners of the 2018 National Homebrew Competition can be found here.

“This has been a milestone year for the American Homebrewers Association. It’s inspiring to see such a great turnout at this year’s conference, and to see such a strong comradery and passion among homebrewers who have traveled far and wide to celebrate their love of homebrewing,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association.

In addition to the competition, the conference provided attendees the opportunity to enhance their brewing skills and homebrew knowledge through over 60 seminars focused on beer styles, the brewing process, ingredients, recipe formulation, sensory analysis, and yeast & formation.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today without Charlie’s vision, devotion and passion to this community,” added Glass. “We thank him for the strong foundation he has built for over one million homebrewers in this country. He leaves a lasting legacy.”

Conference-goers also enjoyed a series of events where they sampled each other’s brews and commercial craft beers. TheHomebrew Expo & Social Club and Club Night were opportunities for participants to try beers and meads from homebrew clubs and breweries across the country, while making new brew-savvy friends.

In 2019, Homebrew Con will be held June 27-29 for the first time since 1993 in the New England area in Providence, Rhode Island.