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Registration open for Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Homebrew Competition

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Andy Mitchell, of Fort Collins, right, and Nathan Niclas, of Denver, left, check the clarity of a Scottish-style ale during the 2016 Big Beers Homebrew Competition. Entries for this year's competition, taking place at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, must be submitted by Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival has opened registration for its Homebrew Competition. Homebrewers who would like to participate can register entries online and drop them off until Saturday, Dec. 3. Once the entries have been submitted, festival organizers sort and label everything for the competition judging in Breckenridge on Friday, Jan. 6.

The grand-prize winner of the 2017 Big Beers Homebrew Competition will have a commercial batch of his or her recipe brewed and kegged at sponsoring brewery Dry Dock Brewing, located in Aurora, and poured at Dry Dock and The Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. The American Homebrewers Association sponsors and sanctions the brewing competition, and American Homebrewers Association guidelines will be strictly followed.

The festival welcomes experienced Beer Judge Certification Program judges and stewards to assist in Breckenridge at Beaver Run for two judging sessions, Friday, Jan. 6, at 9:30 a.m. before the Welcome Reception and from 1 p.m. until done.

Volunteer Information

Earn a Commercial Tasting & Seminars ticket and support Big Beers by volunteering. One shift brings the price of your ticket down from $75 to $35, and a second shift makes the ticket free. Volunteer positions include helping with a seminar, judging or stewarding at the homebrew competition, setting up on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning or doing coat check for a dinner. Interested volunteers should email laura@bigbeersfestival.com to find out what shifts are available and to sign up.

Get Registered

Homebrewers wishing to participate in the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival Homebrew Competition in Breckenridge should register and drop off their entries by Saturday, Dec. 3. More information about registration, categories and drop off can be found at bigbeersfestival.com/homebrew/homebrew-competition.