Hop Idol: A chance for home brewers to be featured at Reuben's Brews in Seattle


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    SEATTLE -- It seems some of the best beer is almost always born in a place other than the finest breweries.

    “I started as a home brewer,” recalls Adam Robbings, who now owns Reuben’s Brews in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. “I did competitions, and I did ‘pro-ams’ and it opens your eyes to a different process.”

    Which is why this year, he'll once again present an opportunity for a home brewer to earn “local celebrity” status in a competition he calls “Hop Idol.”

    “You have people come over and they’re like, ‘This beer is really good, you should like sell this.’ And so I thought I’d give it a shot,” says Alex Kuyper, winner of last year’s Hop Idol.

    His reason for entering?

    “I don’t typically enter home brew competitions, but the prospect of being able to have a beer commercially brewed by a brewery I really respect is really cool,” he recalls.

    The winner of Hop Idol has his/her brew on a featured handle inside Reubens.

    Kuyper entered his two beers into last year’s field of over 200. Both of Alex's brewers placed in the top three.

    Robbings expects over 200 entries, perhaps more, for this year's Hop Idol. Register now, and submit your beer by the end of February. Just keep in mind what Adam and the other judges will be looking for.

    “Something a ‘little bit more’ that lifts something to the top of the pack,” Robbings says.

    More information here.

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