Did you know the Enumclaw Oktoberfest has taken a cue from the Alers and have renamed their fest after our venerable Novembeerfest. Yes they have renamed their festival OktoBEERfest? (see http://www.enumclawoktobeerfest.com/) I did not know that, but now you do. The Fest is on October 19th and 20th, 2012. What?!?!? An Oktoberfest in October?!?!? Well, it is Enumclaw. Does that kind of local slam humor remind you of one of my favorite shows, Almost Live? Well, it should. John Kiester of Almost Live will be at the OktoBEERfest to announce the winners of the homebrew competition as well as engage in other shenanigans. What homebrew competition you ask? Sheesh, slow down, if you keep peppering me with questions I can't get all the info out.

Enumclaw has been hosting an annual Oktoberfest for several years and for this year they are going to focus a more on the beer and beer making. So guess who around the Puget Sound knows how to pull of a homebrew competition? Yeah, that's right, y'all do! Sure, sounds like short notice, but we Alers have done more /less before.

Contact Nic or Vance if you can help! Also, we need to get the word out and get brews that are in the sweet German categories of: Oktoberfest, Bock, and Hefeweizen.

3.The competition dates are as follows

  • October 17th , Final Beer drop off date. (Locations: Larry's)

  • October 17th, Sorting and labeling (Larry’s)

  • October 18th, Tasting and judging

    • October 18th, Notify the top 3 winners in each category and invite them to the OktoBEERfest on October 20th, 2012. Winners will get 2 free admission tickets to the event.

  • October 20th , Award Ceremony and announcement of winners in each category and one Grand Prize winner. Time TBA

In addition to the homebrew competition they are having Beer Wench Costume Contest which I am seriously considering entering. Ha! Just kidding. I bet there are seared images burned in your minds that you would like to un-see now. Have a homebrew, it should do the trick.

Below are all the rules and administrivia.




OktoBeerFest is open to all amateur homebrewers. Only German Beer styles are accepted will be judged in accordance with the 2008 Beer Judge Certification Program guidelines ( http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2008_stylebook.pdf ). A maximum of 10 entries may be entered per brewer.

It is up to the individual home brewer to select the style and sub-style for the entry. Judges will not re-categorize entries. Marked caps need to be blacked out with a marker.

Each bottle requires its own label. Each entry requires its own entry form. The recipe is optional, but may be decisive in determining Best to Brew winning entries. Bottle labels should be rubber banded to the bottle, not taped. Labels and entry forms can be found on line at: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/SCP_BottleID.pdf

Entry Fee: $7 per entry - Checks should be made out to Larry's Brewing Supply.

(3) 10-12 oz brown or green bottles per beer entry, crown cap or cork finished. No swing tops please. Carbonated cork finished bottles should also have a crown cap or be caged. (2) bottles will be accepted, but may limit the entry's advancement to the BOS or brewer selection (1) bottle will be accepted and judged, but may limit the entry's advancement to the BOS.

Entries Due: by October 17th, 2012. There is no on-line entry registration and no online judge/steward registration. Contact Larry's Brew Supply if you wish to volunteer. Please no more than 10 entries per brewer.

Ship to or drop off at:

Larry's Brewing Supply 7405 S 212th St. #103Kent, WA 98032

(Closed Sundays & Mondays)


After registering and inputting entries, all participants must pay their entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods include:

  • Cash
  • Check, made out to Larry's Brewing Supply

Categories Accepted

1D Munich Helles 1E Dortmunder Export 2A German Pilsner (Pils)
2B Bohemian Pilsener   3A Vienna Lager
3B Oktoberfest/Marzen   4B Munich Dunkel
4C Schwarzbier 5A Maibock/Helles Bock 5B Traditional Bock
5C Doppelbock 5D Eisbock  
  6C Kolsch r
7A Northern German Altbier   7C Dusseldorf Altbier
15A Weizen/Weissbier
15B Dunkelweizen 15C Weizenbock 15D Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)

17A Berliner Weisse

22A Classic Rauchbier


Packing & Shipping Hints

  1. Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Do not over pack! Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.
  2. Place entry forms and payment a sealed zip-top bag. Additionally, enclose your each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which beer has broken if there is damage during shipment.
  3. Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.
  4. It is not against any Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) regulations or federal laws to ship your entries via privately owned shipping company for analytical purposes. However, IT IS ILLEGAL TO SHIP ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE. Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs' officials at their discretion. It is solely the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.



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