Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MidWest HomeBrewers Invitational this Saturday


When:  Saturday, Nov. 22, Noon-4pm
Where:  German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St., Omaha 
Tickets: $25 in advance (purchase online), $35 day-of-event (at the door) 

Note:  The Nebraska Beer Blog is an event sponsor and will be at this event

 Homebrewing:  The brewing of beer on a small scale for personal, non-commercial use. (Wikipedia)

According to the American Homebrewers Association, over 1.2 million people in the United States homebrew. The reasons that people home brew vary but it's very likely that most of those who do find it to be a very enjoyable hobby. Some even have lofty hopes of being able to brew their own recipes and ideas on a commercial scale. Some even dream of opening their own breweries one day. Most everyone who works in the commercial craft beer industry today probably got their start through some type of homebrewing. It's the medium through which beer-centric folks with big ideas can dabble and dream in small batches of "art".

In 2014, the inaugural Midwest Homebrewers Invitational (MWHBI) event will bring together members from five Omaha area homebrew clubs and the surrounding region to showcase their "art" to a select ticketed crowd that will be capped at just 300 people. Attendees will be treated to a wide range of styles as well as some very unique varieties of brews to choose from. The event also doubles as a competition where attendees and even homebrewers themselves will vote for their favorites with prizes to be awarded. Upstream Brewing Company will also be choosing their "Best of Show" and will invite the winner to brew their recipe on a commercial setup.

All event proceeds go to benefit Food Bank for the Heartland. The event will be collecting non-perishable food items  and money to donate to this local charity.

This event is being produced by the Omaha Unified Coalition of Homebrewers (OUCH). The purpose of this newly formed coalition of Omaha area homebrew clubs is to organize events for area homebrew clubs to participate in as well as solidify the area homebrew club community as a whole.

For more details, check out their event website or their Facebook page.

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