There comes a point for most every homebrewer where they think, "Wow, it would be great to mass-produce this and brew beer for a living." Then they snap out of it and get back to the time-consuming labor of transferring the wort from one bucket to the other.
Peabody Heights Brewery, however, is holding a contest to make this dream—which the brewery feels signifies that little-dying breed known as the American Dream—a reality. The winner of Peabody Heights' American Dream Competition, held from Oct. 15-17, will have their beer produced on the premises and sold through Bond Distributing, and they will get to own full rights to the beer and keep all the profits after the cost of making and packaging the brew. A thousand cases of the chosen beer will be brewed.
This is your chance to make the big time, local homebrewer!
Here's what you need to know: It costs $10 per submission, limit three submissions per person. You must turn in your beer between Oct. 5-15, and on Oct. 15 there will be a meet and greet with the Peabody Heights folks and fellow contestants at 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The next day, the judges will go about the very hard task of sampling all these beers and picking a winner. Then on Oct. 17, an awards ceremony will be held from 5-8 p.m. Oh, you must be a Maryland resident to enter, and barrel-aged beers or sours will not be accepted.
Hop Tech says it takes 3-4 weeks to complete a beer, so you probably should have gotten started last week; hey, sorry, we only just found out about this thing. If you're a regular homebrewer, you've probably got something lying around, right? Just think: This is your ticket to making and drinking beer for a living. We all should be so lucky.