KDaLe Homebrew Competition

KDaLe Homebrew Competition

Registration is now closed. Beer submissions must be delivered by February 28.

KDaLe is excited to present the sixth annual “Book Inspired Brewing” home brew contest! Imagine taking your favorite book, shoving it into a carboy and letting the magic of fermentation turn it into liquid literature gold. Kent District Library, in collaboration with Gravel Bottom Brewing, Railtown Brewing, Broad Leaf Beer, and Pike 51 is calling on home brewers to enter this unique competition; creating a beer inspired by your favorite titles or authors.

The top 4 brewers will get a chance to brew a scaled-up version of their winning beer with professional brewers at either Gravel Bottom Brewing, Railtown Brewing, Broad Leaf, or Pike 51, to be released sometime next summer (Date and Place TBD).

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Judging

In addition to being judged on flavor, aroma, mouthfeel and appearance, your beer will be rated based on how well it fits the theme (Book Inspired Brewing) and the story behind it.

Judging will be done with a panel of Gravel Bottom, Railtown, Pike 51, Broad Leaf and KDL staff, along with local home brewers and other industry professionals.

How the beers are scored:

  • Inspiration (Theme connection, creativity, etc…) - 15 Points
  • Mouthfeel - 10 Points
  • Aroma - 10 Points
  • Flavor - 15 Points
  • Appearance - 5 points

Restrictions

Please do not use nuts.

Due to time constraints, please no Pilsners or lagers.

No Barrel Aged Beers

No beers with added alcohol (i.e. tinctures, chips soaked in spirits, etc.)

This form is now closed. Email webmaster@kdl.org with questions.

Key Dates

Deadline to sign up (the first 50 entrants will be accepted): January 24, 2022

Deadline to submit your three (12 oz.) bottles: Feb 28, 2022

Judging: March 1-4, 2022

Winner Announced: March 8, 2022

Brew Day: Late Spring/Early Summer (To be worked out with Breweries after winner is selected)

Beer Release Party: Summertime (Time and Place TBD)

Submission

Beers must be submitted at one of these partners:

  • Gravel Bottom Brewing (418 Ada Drive SE, Ada),
  • Railtown Brewing (3595 68th St SE, Caledonia, MI 49316),
  • Pike 51 (3768 Chicago Dr, Hudsonville, MI 49426),
  • Broad Leaf (2885 Lake Eastbrook Blvd., Kentwood, MI)

Submit three (12 oz.) bottles on or before February 28, 2022.

Please include the recipe, beer # and a brief statement about how your beer fits the theme of “Book Inspired Brewing.”

Need Some Brewing Inspiration?

Check out these book/brew combos by past winners:

A habanero, lime, and cucumber cream ale inspired by the book The Haunting of Hill House.

An American IPA called Neville's Elixir inspired by I am Legend.

Harry Porter and the Goblet of French Toast inspired by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Although it isn’t a polyjuice potion, when the notes of coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple combine, your senses are transfigured. If you do finally make it to the bottom of the glass, you’ll feel like you’ve won the TriWizard Cup.

Where the Tart Things Are – A Guava Berliner Weisee inspired by none other than Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. After a few sips, we were shouting “I’ll drink you up!”.

James and the Giant Peach Gose - A Peach Gose that hit all the right notes of quality in a beer, mixed with a phenomenal story tying the beer and brewing process to the book James and the Giant Peach.

Or take inspiration from your favorite author:

Poe Stout - A dark and bitter brew guaranteed to put you on edge.

Kinsella Cider - Light and bubbly, crisp and sweet, this cider is best shared with friends and over good stories.

Books and Stories for Beer-Brewers

These books are rated as 4+ stars on Goodreads.

Books and Stories for Beer-Drinkers

While you wait for the next KDaLe brewery tour, sing drinking songs with the Hobbits and learn what makes a stout dark and a pale ale pale.
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