KDaLe is excited to present the third annual "Book-Inspired Brewing" home brew contest! Imagine taking your favorite book, shoving it into a carboy and letting the magic of fermentation turn it into liquid literature gold. Kent District Library, in collaboration with Gravel Bottom Brewing, Railtown Brewing and Pike 51, is calling on home brewers to enter this unique competition: creating a beer inspired by your favorite titles or authors.
The top three brewers will get a chance to brew their beer with professional brewers at either Gravel Bottom Brewing, Railtown Brewering or Pike 51. The beers will be released at KDL's Super Party Wonder Day on Sunday, Aug. 5.
In addition to being judged on flavor, aroma, mouthfeel and appearance, your beer will be rated based on how well it fits the theme (Book-Inspired Brewing) and the story behind it.
Primary judging will be done with a panel of Gravel Bottom, Railtown, Pike 51 and KDL staff, along with local home brewers and other industry professionals.
How the beers are scored:
- Inspiration (theme connection, creativity, etc.): 15 points
- Mouthfeel: 10 points
- Aroma: 10 points
- Flavor: 15 points
- Appearance: 5 points
Need some brewing inspiration? Check out these book/brew combos:
- James and the Giant Peach Gose: This peach gose was the inaugural winning beer! It hit all the right notes of quality in a beer, mixed with a phenomenal story tying the beer and brewing process to the story.
- Where the Tart Things Are – This was last year’s winner. A Guava Berliner Weisee inspired by none other than Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. After a few sips you’ll be shouting, “I’ll drink you up!”
- Catcher in the Rye Beer: It takes a special beer to match the dryness of Holden Caulfield. Bitter and crisp on the tongue, this brew mimes the acerbic style of the teenage protagonist. Not for phonies!
- Alice’s Adventures in Weizenbier: Golden as the shiny-haired troublemaker, this beer has a malty sweetness and an unsuspecting hint of banana. Curiousier and curiousier, this beer throws flavors at you faster than the White Rabbit runs. Don’t be late trying this brew!
Or take inspiration from your favorite author:
- Poe Stout: A dark and bitter brew guaranteed to put you on edge.
- Kinsella Cider: Light and bubbly, crisp and sweet, this cider is best shared with friends and over good stories.
Jan. 26: Deadline to sign up (the first 50 entrants will be accepted)
Feb. 26: Deadline to submit your three 12-ounce bottles
March 5-9: Judging
March 12: Winner announced
Late Spring/Early Summer: Brew Day, to be worked out with breweries after winners are selected.
Aug. 5: Beer Release Party at KDL Super Party Wonder Day
We also have a series of KDL aLe programs planned for every month through February.
You will be asked to provide your:
- Team name (if applicable)
- Contact phone number
- Contact email
After registering, beers must be submitted at one of these three locations by Feb. 26:
- Gravel Bottom Brewing: 418 Ada Drive SE, Ada 49301
- Railtown Brewing: 3555 68th St SE, Caledonia 49316
- Pike 51: 3768 Chicago Dr, Hudsonville 49426
Three 12-ounce bottles will be required at submission. They will need to be labeled with your entry number that will provided to you after registering.
Please include a page with the recipe, beer entry number and a brief statement about how your beer fits the theme of "Book-Inspired Brewing."
- Please do not use nuts in your recipe.
- Due to time constraints, please no pilsners nor lagers.
- Professional brewers cannot enter the competition.