Participation in this Year's Event
This year the Austin Homebrew Festival is going through a few changes.
The biggest change is from the informal qualifying competition to a straight Invitational model, with all voting to take place as a People's Choice and Special Jury's Selection onsite. We will still have prizes for winners, with a Grand Prize of a brew session with the Head Brewer at NXNW Restaurant and Brewery Stonelake.
This change also supports the elimination of a "double brew" scenario, where homebrewers were brewing for a competition, then based on whether they advance would brew for the fest. As this competition was not a BJCP sanctioned competition, this approach put greater demand on both brewers and judges for their time, resources, and money invested in ingredients.
While an option would be to convert to a BJCP sanctioned competition, after discussion with local homebrewers we were advised not to go this route. There are currently more than enough BJCP events currently in Texas, and we risk "judge fatigue" as well as brewer burnout.
Additionally, the intent of the AHBF is to highlight the "best of the best" homebrewed beers, ciders, meads, and kombuchas that Central Texas homebrewers offer.
Therefore, we've gone to an invitational model for 2017. The initial candidates were either past participants in the festival, or were hand-selected from our local contingency of BJCP and MCAB award winners. You can view that list here.
Our 2017 Homebrewers
- Corey J Martin
- Trey Tschoepe
- Matt Dondelinger
- Howard Eland
- Christian Holton
- Bradley Janowski
- Austin Price
- Dave and Tiffany Moore
- Rob McDonald
- Brandon Treece and Tom Barch
- Nik Adam
- Keith and Pam Bradley
- Kerry Martin
- Ronnie Lawson
- Michael C. Allen
- Brian Anderson and Jeff Anderson
- Chad Ramey
- Dominic Peterson
Our Participating 2017 Homebrew Clubs
Our homebrewers come from diverse backgrounds and experience levels. While some of our homebrewers are independent, several belong to one (or more) local homebrew clubs including:
- Austin Zealots
- Definitive Ales
- Round Rock Homebrewers Guild
- Shady Brew Co.
- SAAZ - South Austin Area Zymurgists
- Texas Carboys
A few of these clubs will have their own table to share homebrew as well as their tricks of the trade. Be sure to stop by and say howdy! Learn the benefits of joining a local club at a low to no cost.
Past Brewers (2016):
Isaac Woods Brewers -
co-founders and brothers Brian and Jeffrey Anderson have been homebrewing craft beer for just over 1 year. A medical guy and marketing guy, respectively, they received a homebrew starter kit for a joint Father’s Day gift and began the journey into the art and science of beer making. Moving quickly from extract to all grain brewing, they brew beer with plenty of depth and flavor, but with a focus on a restrained, harmonious balance believing that no one aspect of the taste experience should completely dominate the others. As a result, Isaac Woods’ beers tend to be subtle and suggestive as opposed to brash and overpowering.
Isaac Woods is two brothers with one goal: use the highest quality ingredients and employ the best brewing techniques to make the finest beer that we would want to drink and be proud to serve. We look forward to presenting our beers at the festival and meeting other fellow homebrewers. Cheers!
Austin Price - Originally from Mesa, Arizona Austin moved to Bryan, Texas in 2012 with his wife Melissa, and three daughters, Alexis, Trinity and Savannah and his son Robert. Austin started homebrewing in early 2012 for the enjoyment of creating a delicious adult beverage for his adult family members to enjoy.
Austin loves the hobby and is looking to open his own brewpub in the future. In 2016, he started the Brazos Valley Homebrew Society to openly share and trade homebrew knowledge, recipes and ideas for homebrewers, not only in the cities of within Brazos County but in all of the state of Texas. if interested go to facebook and serch Brazos Valley Homebrew Society. Austin is proud to be in association with the Austin Homebrew Appreciation Society!
Michael Brown - A previous AHB Community School Board Member and parent, 2016 will mark his 6th BrewFest as a brewer. He’s been making home-brew since 2007 and started crafting original recipes with local ingredients early on. Michael celebrates diversity by both brewing and drinking all types of beer.