I am submitting several beers to the 2006 Michigan State Fair Homebrewing Competition this year. Many of you will remember that I took Second Place in last year's competition in the American Wheat Beer category. I hope to top that this year with more awards. I submitted an American Wheat again this year-this one with lemongrass in it for a tangy, citrusy kick, an Irish Red Ale with rye in it, an American Amber Ale, a Belgian Pale Ale, and a Wheat beer in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category-it has tamarind and lemongrass in it. I assisted my fellow brewer, Jeff, in making an Old Ale, a strong, garnet-colored ale that originated in England but has become somewhat popular in the US, lately (Third Coast Old Ale, by Bell's is an example. Try it!). He will submit this beer to the competition and I will be listed as the assistant brewer. I hope he wins a medal!
I will also be judging this competition on July 30th at King's Brewery in Pontiac. Of course I will not be involved in judging any of the categories in which I've entered beers.
If you make it out to the Michigan State Fair this year, try coming on August 26. The Best of Show judging will take place that day at 4 PM. You just might see the Beerme team collect at the winner's circle!