July 9, 2007
Do the below.
Go to the Samuel Adams web site.
Enter your birthdate when asked…
At the opening page, click on “Promotions”
Click on the “LongShot” image
Click on “The Winner’s List”
Scroll down to the Boston Regional.
Some of you may remember a few weeks ago, I was talking rather cryptically about a good karma experience. This is it.
The Sam Adams LongShot competition began in 2006, and immediately got the attention of homebrewers across the country. Sam Adams is picking two winning brews from homebrewers each year, to be released as part of a special six-pack along with their own top employee homebrewer. The beer will be released under the Sam Adams brand, but the winners will have a little bio/description on the label. For many of us who dream of being able to have our beers on store shelves, this is a chance unlike any other. Sam Adams has national distribution, which is something almost all of the most successful craft brewers in the US haven’t reached yet. There are four finalists, and those four finalists are being flown out to Denver in October for the Great American Beer Festival where they’ll reveal the two winners.
And I’m one of those finalists, along with my neighbor (pictured here in the Guinness shirt). We had decided that if we won that little local competition, we’d submit the beer to the Sam Adams competition. My hope was that we’d get a score sheet back with good feedback from the judges, but somehow we managed to get ourselves into the final four, out of about 1700 entries.
Needless to say, I’m pretty psyched. At this point, if I were to win I’d be ecstatic, but just to get this far is an incredible honor. I’d been thinking about going to the GABF this year, but didn’t think I’d have a chance, due to money, a new baby, etc. So the opportunity to go there and just be a part of this is amazing. And if we win, Sam Adams will actually brew the beer commercially, and everyone I know can get a chance to sample it. And if someday I decide I want to start a new career, recognition like this makes me think it might even be feasible to start a brewery or brewpub in the future.
Obviously there’ll be more news to come in the future… But for now, I’m enjoying a few more of my 15 minutes of fame!
Below The Beltway linked with Brad Warbiany, Brewer And Libertarian
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