As if this past weekend hadn’t been great already, we were notified yesterday evening that Eventide did very well in the Peach State Brew Off (PSBO) competition. We entered three of our beers into the PSBO, an English IPA, a Christmas Ale, and our Dark Hefe. The Christmas ale was brewed about 6 months ago, and, being that it is a very “large” beer (11.5% abv) with a complex flavor profile, it is not yet ”finished”. This was known going into the competition, but the feedback was the main point for entering it. We also entered our English IPA (ESB), which had already been put through it’s paces by a tasting panel, and our Dark Hefe, which is a crowd-pleaser among our fans.
Going into any competition, one wants only for his beer to be drinkable and to receive the scoring sheets which are a wealth of information. However, we are pleased and proud to say that, out of the 3 beers we entered, we took home 2 first places finishes for our English IPA and our Dark Hefe. This was a surprise, but it is also a great award for us because the event, while local, draws a great many submissions and neither of these beers had ever been entered into a competition before. And even though neither of these beers are ones we are looking to launch with, it is a great blessing and relief to know that we put the same amount of care, consideration, and pride into everything we make.
We would like to thank all the judges who volunteered their effort and hard work to making the competition possible, as without them it would not be. Also, we would like to give a big thanks the Covert Hops Society for hosting this great event.
If you are into home brewing, these competitions are one of the best ways to get genuine, knowledgeable feedback and criticism of your recipes, which is essential to vetting your ideas. You can check out the American Homebrewing Association for more information on how to get started.
Once again, thanks to everyone who made the PSBO possible. We hope for it’s continued success in the future. And, finally, we would like to thank everyone who is involved with Eventide. Your continued support is greatly appreciated, and is essential to our success. When we win, you win. Cheers!