- Master Championship of Amateur Brewing and the Drunk Monk Challenge
January 28, 2020
Have you heard about the Master Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB)? FOAM Cup has been a part of this circuit in the past, and our members have even placed in the MCAB based on their participation in FOAM Cup and other qualifying events, including the Kansas City Bier Meisters competition. They have some sweet medals: This is a prestigious event and I hope you’ll consider entering other qualifying competitions. One of the upcoming events this year that qualifies for MCAB is the Drunk Monk Challenge put on by the Urban Knaves of Grain in Aurora IL. This is a great competition that takes itself very seriously. I had the pleasure to steward at a couple of these when I lived in Chicago, and they know how run a competition. They have great prizes and provide good feedback. They limit entries at 650, and as of January 28, they are already at 238 entries! This is not a Great Plains circuit event, so FOAM doesn’t pay for shipping. I’ll be entering some beers, and if anyone wants to get together to save on shipping, let me know at [email protected]
Entry registration runs until March 6, which is the shipping deadline date also. The judging is conducted March 11 through March 14.
- National Homebrew Competition Registration Deadline Extended
January 24, 2020
The American Homebrewers Association has extended the deadline to register for the first round of the National Homebrewing Competition until Monday, January 27 at 8:00 am Mountain Time. Remember that FOAM will pay for shipping if your first round beer is selected for submittal. Please select the Indianapolis site for your entry. The deadline to drop off entries at High Gravity for shipping is Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm. This is the registration link. Gary Elliott, VP-Competitions
- National Homebrew Competition – Update
January 12, 2020
Several FOAM members have indicated that they plan to enter the first round of the National Homebrew Competition this year. You can find my post on this subject at this link: https://alemakers.org/2020-national-homebrew-competition/ The club will pay for shipping for first round entries (however, we will not pay for second round entries). We have chosen the Indianapolis IN site as our choice of site for the first round. The judging is early enough (March 13-15) that when your entry is passed onto the final round, you’ll have time to re-brew if necessary. Please make sure that when you register your entries on Tuesday, January 14 (when entry registration opens), please select Indianapolis as your site. This way, we can consolidate club entries into one shipment. The drop off deadline for first round entry shipment will be 5:00 pm, Thursday, February 26 at High Gravity. The final round entry deadline will be June 11, 2020, with judging on Thursday, June 18 during the National Homebrew Conference in Nashville. Gary Elliott, VP-Competitions
- Bluebonnet Brewoff 2020 – Entry Drop Off Deadline
January 12, 2020
If you are entering the Bluebonnet Brewoff, please drop your bottles off at High Gravity no later than 6:00 pm on Monday, January 27. We have made arrangements to have your entries transported to one of the Brewoff drop off sites in Dallas. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU INCLUDE YOUR COMPETITION ENTRY FORM WITH YOUR ENTRY!!!!!! I’ve included an example of this form, which is printed when you print your labels. If you don’t fill out and include this form with each entry, you will assessed a $5 fee. Gary Elliott, VP-Competitions
- 2020 National Homebrew Competition
January 8, 2020
There are many homebrew competitions each year, but one of the biggest and most prestigious is the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) National Homebrew Competition (NHC). Last year, there were 9,189 first round entries from 3,492 homebrewers submitted for judging in the first round at one of 13 judging centers across the country. Over 1,300 entries made it to final round judging and 102 medals were awarded. The results are announced at the annual Homebrew Con, which is in June this year, in Nashville. All information can be found at this link. Important Dates: Open Enrollment Application: January 14 to January 22 Acceptance Email, Entry Registration & Payment: Notified by February 14 (7 days to pay after notification) First Round Shipping Window: February 20 to March 5 First Round Judging: March 13 to April 5 Membership in the AHA is required for entry. (Annual membership starts at $38 – check out the benefits of membership here if you’re not already a member.) For this competition, you submit online the beer(s) that you want judged, and pick a judging center. The AHA then lets you know if your beer is accepted for judging at that site. This has more to do with controlling the number of beers to be judged at each site, so it’s important to enter soon for your preferred site. Once your submission is approved, you have 7 days to pay your $16/entry fee. After first round judging, you’ll be informed if you have moved to the final round. At that
- Bluebonnet 2020 Registration Is Open!
January 5, 2020
Registration is now open for the 2020 Bluebonnet event. You can use this link to register and enter your beer/mead/cider: https://bbbrewoff.com/bcoem/ Make sure that you identify your affiliation with FOAM. Awards are given to home brew clubs based on participation. Here are the relevant dates and information: On-line registration and entry are open now through January 30 Maximum of 20 entries per brewer 1525 entry maximum for the competition (this one will fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate!) 3 bottles per entry, fee is $10 per entry Judging occurs February 7 though 22 The awards event will be March 20-21 FOAM will be providing transportation of entries to Dallas. This is not a High Plains competition, so shipping is not covered for FOAM members. More info will be coming on the entry drop-off time at High Gravity in the next few days. Gary Elliott, VP-Competitions
- Mazer Cup International Mead Competition
January 3, 2020
For all of the mead makers out there, the Mazer Cup International Mead competition is now open for registration and entries. You can reach the main page using this link. Registration runs through February 28, and that is also the shipping deadline. (Since this is not a High Plains event, you’re on your own for shipping of entries.) This competition is open to commercial and home mead makers, with separate competition tracks for each. The entry fee is $15 and you’re limited to 5 entries. Make sure that you read all of the instructions, since there are some interesting restrictions. Gary Elliott, VP Competitons
- Champion of the Pint Competition
January 1, 2020
Happy New Year fellow FOAMers! High Plains competition season continues to ramp up. As of today, you will be able to register entries for the Championship of the Pint which is sponsored by the Garage Brewers Society in Missouri. As a reminder, FOAM pays for shipping for all entries to High Plains competitions, you just need to pay your individual entry fees. As with most competitions, you need to register anew each year in order to put entries into the competition. Once you have set up this account, you can then go back into their system to add and/or edit entries. Make sure that you identify Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM) as your home club! Please refer to my previous announcement (“Competition Season is Here!”) for general entry requirements for most competitions. However, make sure that you read all of the information on the “Home: and “Info” links your see at the top of the competition website. Champion of the Pint To register for this competition, click this link. Once you’ve registered you can begin to add entries. Registration is open until March 7, 2020, but you’ll need to have your entries at High Gravity no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, February 14, 2020 so that we can get them packaged and shipped in time for the shipping deadline of February 21, 2020. The entry fee is $8.00 per beer. Entry consists of 2 bottles. This competition does not limit the number of entries in any given category, and you can enter each subcategory more than once, provided
- Competition Season Is Here!
December 21, 2019
Season’s Greetings fellow FOAMers! It is indeed beer competition season. Three of our High Plains competitions are already in full swing. As I mentioned in my last message, entering these competitions accomplishes great things for you as a home brewer as well as for our club itself. Not only do you get great feedback on your beer from BJCP judges and potentially win some sweet medals and prizes, but you also accumulate High Plains Brewer of the Year points for yourself and High Plains Club of the Year for FOAM. It doesn’t look like one of our brewers will win Brewer of the Year in 2019 (Dave Thompson won in 2018), and FOAM has not won Club of the Year since 2012! We need to work hard together to get our club back on top! I’m going to cover the three competitions that are currently open for registration and entry, giving you the information you need to get your beers entered. As a reminder, FOAM pays for shipping for all entries to High Plains competitions, you just need to pay your individual entry fees. For all of these, you need to register anew each year in order to put entries into the competition. Once you have set up this account, you can then go back into their system to add and/or edit entries. Make sure that you identify Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM) as your home club! I’ll cover some the critical rules for each one, but make you read all of the information on the “Home: and “Info” links your see at the top of each account page. General Rules: You will
- Upcoming competition season – information and dates
December 10, 2019
Greetings from your new VP Competitions! I’m looking forward to an active year of competitions, with both Club and High Plains Circuit events happening. As you should know, our annual FOAM Cup competition is part of the High Plains Circuit, which includes a total of 7 competitions. Points are accumulated based on each individual and club results, and at the end of the year a High Plains Brewer and Club of the year are awarded. In 2018, our very own David Thompson took Brewer of the Year after a heated battle with the Butlers with the Kansas City Bier Meisters Club, which won club of the year. Club of the year is determined by the number of cumulative points each clubs members earn in the circuit. For more information on High Plains, please click on this link: kcbiermeisters.com/index.php/high-plains-award/ One of the many perks of being a FOAM member is that the club covers the shipping costs for entries into any of the High Plains competitions (sorry – you’re on your own for registration fees). As we’ve done in the past, drop off your entries at High Gravity and we’ll take care of shipping. Normally, the drop off deadline at High Gravity will be one week before the entry shipping deadline for each competition. Here is a list of High Plains competitions in 2020. Where possible, I’ve included relevant dates for registration, entry submission and judging. I will be reaching out separately for each of these as they come up. However,
- FOAM Cup 2019 Results
November 12, 2019
Best of Show Winners Best of Show – Beer Place Brewer Entry Name Style Club 1st Gary Black Gratzer 27A2: Piwo Grodziskie Jefferson County Home Brewers (JCHB) 2nd Fritz Schanz Stearman’s Scottish Export 14C: Scottish Export Denton County Homebrewers Guild 3rd Jeff Muse Old Screwups 22C: American Barleywine St. Louis Brews Best of Show – Mead Place Brewer Entry Name Style Club 1st Matthew Mead Michigan U-Pick Blueberry (You’re My Boy Blue!) M2C: Berry Mead Modern Mead Makers 2nd Mac Butcher Chile Today M3B: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM) [OK] 3rd Mac Butcher Mesquito Bite M1B: Semi-Sweet Mead Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM) [OK] Okie Cup (91 Participating Brewers) Place Brewer 1st 2nd 3rd HM Score Club 1st Mike & Stephanie Butler 4 4 2 1 22.04 Kansas City Bier Meisters 2nd Mac Butcher 3 2 0 0 13.03 Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM) [OK] 3rd Chad Medford 3 1 1 0 12.03 Red Earth Brewers Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected are rounded to the hundredth place. Hover over or tap the question mark icon () for the actual calculated value. FOAM Cup (33 Participating Clubs) Place Club 1st 2nd 3rd HM Score 1st Red Earth Brewers 7 6 6 0 39.07 2nd Kansas City Bier Meisters 6 5 6 1 34.06 3rd Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM) [OK] 5 6 4 2 31.05 Scores and tie-breakers have been applied in accordance with the scoring methodology. Numbers reflected
- FOAM Cup Banquet at BurnCo
October 31, 2019
This year’s FOAM Cup Banquet will be held at BurnCo BBQ’s Boston Street location! We are still finalizing what will be on the menu but rest assured we will definitely have baby back ribs, chicken, bologna and more! Tickets are a steal at $25. Winners will be announced once everyone has a plate and is seated. Winners that are present will have their medals and prizes presented to them. We will have scoresheets ready for pickup at the banquet. Cost includes banquet dinner and one free raffle ticket. FOAM Cup winners will be announced live Facebook Live. Just follow our page at https://www.facebook.com/FOAMClub You do not have to purchase a ticket to attend the banquet but you need a ticket to be served dinner. We will have a list of those who purchased tickets. You will be given a ticket for the meal when you arrive at BurnCo. You will not receive a ticket in the mail or email. (You can print out your order confirmation if you want to.) Date: November 9th, 2019 Banquet time: 7:00 – 10:00 Location: Burn Co Barbeque, 1738 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119 Click here to purchase tickets.
- Oktoberfesticuffs, Taproom Meetup and FOAM Cup!
October 8, 2019
Desiree here! I’ve got updates for you fellow FOAMers and what the low-down is for the next several weeks for the Fellowship of Oklahoma Alemakers. Fist up is our October meeting. October is our second annual Oktoberfesticuffs competition. We have 8 entries for this year. Come and vote for your favorite German style (bragging rights on this one), while judges decide on the winner, who gets an engraved glass beer boot as a prize! Bring a German side dish to go with the brats that FOAM is providing. This is one of our favorite meetings of year. Don’t miss it! Our October casual meetup for October is at Broken Arrow Brewing company on October 24th. FOAMers are getting together from 5:30-8:30. Don’t forget our November gatherings! Our regular meeting is Belgian Beer and the meetup is at Renaissance Brewing Company. Oh! One more thing. Get your beers entered into FOAM Cup. Judging is on Nov 8-9 and registration is now open! Click here to register.
- Competition update for October
October 4, 2019
Tulsa State Fair. Big shout out to Mac “The Butcher” for keeping the coveted Golden Corndog (BOS) within the club. He officially has bragging rights for the year. 21 out of 31 ribbons were won by FOAM members. We kindly let some of the REB guys have a few. Congrats to all. Sowers Cup awards ceremony is next weekend 10/12. I will update when winners are announced. Hoppy Halloween registration is open. Take in (High Gravity) and Registration close is Sunday 10/13. Oktoberfesticuffs is next Thursday if you haven’t contacted me about entering please do so Immediately. Same sweet trophies as last year. I currently have: Mac “The Butcher” Peter Polczynski Cody Cannon Ryan Friedl Darren Vaughn Gary Elliott David Thompson
- Dead Armadillo Wort Giveaway Tasting & Potluck
August 16, 2019
Hey Gang, Here’s a reminder that tomorrow is the tasting and judging event for the Dead Armadillo wort giveaway. This event is open to all club members, whether or not you participated in the wort giveaway. All you need to bring is a snack to share, and an appetite for homebrew! The event will be taking place at Dead Armadillo (1004 E. 4th St. Tulsa) from noon until 4 p.m. The judging will take place at 1 p.m. Dead Armadillo is an all-ages establishment, as well as pet friendly. So come as you are and bring whom you like. Hope to see you all there!