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The Onion’s Amber Waters Home Brew Contest

Update: For all of you with your panties in a bunch, please note that I just got a call from the Onion and you’ll be happy to note that you only need to submit two beers and it’ll be BJCP sanctioned. Adam Stern is involved with the judging. They’ll also be having a corresponding event at Town Hall on Tues., Dec. 18th at 7:00pm.

Bring a home brewed six pack by December 18th to the Onion, 212 3rd Ave. North, #334, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

-An autographed copy of Land of Amber Waters: The History of Brewing in Minnesota by Doug Hoverson.

-10 cases of beer from Minnesota breweries including: Summit, Gluek’s Schell’s, Grain Belt, Brau Brothers, Town Hall, Great Waters, The herkimer, Flat Earth and Surly.

-$50 gift certificate to Northern Brewer.

There’s been a bit of talk about this one among local homebrewers, both with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of skepticism. It sounds like fun and the prizes are certainly good, however a six pack is a lot of precious homebrew to give up for a contest. I’m not sure if the Onion staff knows what their up for, given the size of Minnesota’s homebrewing community. Six beers per entry is a lot of beer, and no doubt the judges will be drunk and tired by the time they’re finished.

There’s also a bit of curiosity among brewers as to what will constitute a winner. I’m assuming it’s just “best beer,” sort of a “best of show.” It doesn’t sound like an easy task, though that opinion comes from a beer nerd. From what I understand, local BJCP judges haven’t been asked to take part, either.

And then, of course, the prizes. 10 cases of local beer sounds great and that certainly makes sense for the breweries, but what about the brewpubs? A case of growlers perhaps? Count me in.

Perhaps the Onion needs some “celebrity” local beer nerds as judges? I know five local beer bloggers that consume their fair share of local beer! Ahem.


  1. Eric says:

    Maybe this is some ruse for the Onion staff to get a bunch of free beer.

  2. beachscrat says:

    I’m not bringing those jokers any of my beer unless I know it’s for real. Have they printed the contest rules anywhere? How do we label the six-pack?

  3. Cecil says:

    Speaking of which, has anyone checked out that address that is listed ??? Who knows what may lurk at that address ???

  4. beachscrat says:

    What the warehouse district? Yeah it sure is scary over there 🙂 Cafe Havana, Origami sushi, the Monte Carlo. Just a bunch of dives.

  5. Cecil says:

    I’m not at all familiar with that area, as I live in Boondock (Hutchinson) MN.

  6. mike says:

    Is there an official page with information about this competition somewhere?

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