Brewers sought for beer competition
The Sonoma Community Center has begun accepting submissions for the third annual Beer-vana: Nirvana for Beer Lovers, an officially sanctioned amateur beer brewing competition and tasting party, to be held at the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building on Saturday, April 6.
The community center is accepting amateur home-brew submissions until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, in the center’s office, located at 276 E. Napa St. Winners will be selected multiple nationally recognized categories and one grand prize submission will be chosen as “Best in Show.”
As part of its mission to bring arts and cultural programs to the people of Sonoma Valley, the Sonoma Community Center’s Beer-vana beer brewing competition and tasting party will highlight the art of brewing beer and provide an opportunity for amateur brewers to get feedback from a panel of certified judges.
“The beer brewing process requires finesse and craftsmanship,” said event chair David Daniel, who is also a past member of the center’s board of directors. “We want to give the less conventional beer-brewing artist a chance to showcase their work and get feedback.”
The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctions this competition, and all submissions will be judged in accordance with BJCP style guidelines (visit bjcp.org for more information). Amateur beer brewers from the North Bay area are invited to enter their original brews for judging in one of 10 nationally recognized beer categories.
Medals will be awarded multiple categories, and one “Best in Show” grand prizewinner will receive the fabled “Beer-vana Stein,” a hand-made ceramic stein trophy and be served at brew pubs across the county.
More information and competition entry forms can by found online at sonomacommunitycenter.org, by calling 938-4626, ext. 1, or in person at 276 E. Napa St.