2019 Origin Beer Competition

Open to all commercial brewers and homebrewers! Limit two (2) entries per brewer.

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As part of the inaugural "Brewing Man" gathering in Madras Oregon (May 24th - 27th, 2019) we are inviting brewers of all types and experience levels to create and submit their best, most flavorful and unique beverage made ONLY with native and local ingredients to your area into the 2019 Origin Beer Competition. In keeping with the Brewing Man philosophy, the goal of this competition is for it to be a celebration of everyone’s terroir and a gathering to share it. Winning beers will be announced during the Brewing Man Festival and there will be much rejoicing!

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Please follow the following guidelines accordingly:


(1) Use only the finest natural spring or well water. Please try to limit your water chemistry additions.

(2) All malt must either homegrown/malted or native to your locale.

(3) All hops must be homegrown or native to your locale.

(4) Yeast must be sourced from your local producer or naturally cultivated and propagated from your locale.

(5) Any additional natural ingredients must be sourced from your locale (fruits/vegetables, herbs, flowers, etc.).

(6) Commercial beers which already exist CANNOT be entered, even if they meet the above requirements.

"Locale" is a loose term covering anything from your own backyard up to your "region" (ie. Pacific Northwest). The closer you can source your ingredients, the better.

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We are looking for originality and inspiration. Get out in nature, go for a hike, swim in your favorite body of water, visit a local farm…at the end of that experience, what is the beer you want to enjoy the most at that moment? What are the flavors and sensations that you are craving? Now go make that beer…and forget about style.

Entries will be judged by a panel of certified and experienced beer judges but NOT to any specific beer style. Winners will be awarded from the following categories and entitled to some truly unique prizes:

Best Beer Period (most enjoyable, above all the rest)

Best Wild Beer (using wild cultures, spontaneous fermentation, or commercial souring cultures)

Best Session Beer (the perfect beer for the festival or your next summer camping trip)

Best Big Boozy Beer (oak barrels and wine or spirits are acceptable, but remember these are being judged in May)

Best Mead or Cider (using locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, and honey)

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Participants are required to pre-register. They must provide a minimum of 1 gallon per entry for judging. This can include 6x 22oz or 750ml bottles, 4x 32oz growlers, a 12 pack of cans, etc. Entries must also be accompanied by an Entry Essay. Yes…you read that right! Be thoughtful and provide us a minimum of 1-5 paragraphs explaining what inspired you to make this beer, your approach and technique. Please include your recipe and also highlight any unique or special ingredients used. Your essay will be read to the judges during tasting and evaluation.

Entries must arrive at Mecca Grade Estate Malt by 10am on Friday May 24th for afternoon judging. If you are shipping your entries, please ship via UPS or FedEx to arrive no later than Wednesday May 22nd.

Participants are also encouraged to bring the remainder of their keg(s) and containers to Brewing Man to be enjoyed Saturday evening at the farm to table dinner and bottle share. We will have an on-site, walk-in cooler to store beer.

In the spirit of collaboration, FH Steinbarts is giving Origin Beer Competition Contestants 20% off all craft malt with coupon code: BREWINGMAN19.

This special runs from March-14 Thru April 30th and is good for 50lb. sacks and per  pound grain for all their craft malt offerings, which includes: Mecca Grade, Gold Rush, Troubadour, Admiral, Skagit Valley, (and soon but not at this moment, Mainstem).

To register for the 2019 Origin Beer Competition CLICK HERE. 

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