The first theme for 2018 will be session beers! Any style of beer is acceptable, as long as the ABV is under 4% ABV.
Irish Stout (2015 BJCP Category 15B)**
This is the first of our four HBOY competition months!
A black beer with a pronounced
roasted flavor, often similar to coffee. The balance can range
from fairly even to quite bitter, with the more balanced
versions having a little malty sweetness and the bitter versions
being quite dry. The roasted flavor can be dry and coffee-like
to somewhat chocolaty.
(Intentionally) Sour Beers
Pucker up! This month's style is sour ales. Styles included in this category are Berliner Weisse, Flanders Red, Flanders Brown, Straight Lambic, Gueuze, American Sour Ale, etc....
SCHF Bragging Rights Style
We will vote on the entries this month to determine who will submit our club's entry for the bragging rights competition at the 2018 Southern California Homebrew Festival.
Style: Scottish Wee Heavy (2015 BJCP Category 17C)
American Light Lager (2015 BJCP Category 1A)**
This is the second of our four HBOY competition months!
Highly carbonated, very light-bodied, nearly flavorless lager designed to be consumed very cold. Very refreshing and thirst quenching. This may not be a complicated beer flavor-wise, but it is a challenge to brew well!
Any fermentable beverage except beer
The theme for June is other fermentables. Have a wine you want to share? A mead? Sauerkraut? Cider? If you fermented it and it's not beer, please share it!
Our theme for July is American beer. Anything American, whether a classic style or not, is within our theme. From American light lager, to American Pale Ale, to American Stout, to American Wild Ale... everything is welcome!
Altbier (2015 BJCP Category 7B)**
This is the third of our four HBOY competition months!
A well-balanced, well-attenuated, bitter
yet malty, clean, and smooth, amber- to copper-colored
German beer. The bitterness is balanced by the malt richness,
but the malt intensity and character can range from moderate
to high (the bitterness increases with the malt richness).
September's theme will fruit beers! Any base style is acceptable, as long as it contains fruit in some form (fresh fruit, puree, juice, etc...).
Brew with a buddy?
The concept this month is for 2 or more brewers to get together and brew the same base beer with a slight twist, then present the beers together at the meeting. It can be the same wort fermented with different yeast, or a pale ale dry hopped with different hops, or the same wort fermented at different tempertures. Anything you want to try and share!
Belgian Dark Strong (2015 BJCP Category 26D)**
Our final HBOY competition month! At the end of this month, we'll be able to crown the 2018 HBOY. Good luck!
A dark, complex, very strong Belgian
ale with a delicious blend of malt richness, dark fruit flavors,
and spicy elements. Complex, rich, smooth and dangerous.