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Home brewer contest 'on tap' for November at Grand View Lodge

Grand View Lodge has announced they will be holding a Home Brewers Contest on Saturday, Nov. 23, at its fourth annual Grand BrewFest.

The contest is open to all styles of beer and an expert panel of judges will conduct a tasting of each entry and award the best Home Brewer of the 2013 Grand Brewfest.

The winner of the contest will work with Horace Cunningham, Brewmaster at Third Street Brewhouse in Cold Spring. Horace, a native of Jamaica, has an applied microbiology degree and is a certified brewmaster. He has trained in the United States and Europe, and has worked throughout the world. Cunningham currently has the position of president of the Master Brewers Association of America, Grand View reported.

If chosen by the judging panel, the winner will produce a keg of their beer at Third Street Brewhouse. Later in the year, the winner will bring their keg to Grand View Lodge to be tapped in their Northwoods Pub with a few of their closest friends.

“When we first began in 2009, we had only four breweries and about 75 participants,” said Jim Benson, director of operations at Grand View Lodge, in a news release. “But just this past year, we grew to 10 breweries and over 300 participants.”

Benson indicated that the planning committee hoped to tap into a new “brew” segment — the home brewers of Minnesota.

Entries will be available as a first come, first serve basis to the first 24 individuals who respond. There is a $20 entry fee with 100 percent of proceeds donated to the Brainerd Kinship Partners.

Participants are required to bring five bottles (minimum of 12 ounces each) for the judging, along with a brief description and name of their beer. Along with their submission, participants will also receive a free entrance to the Grand Brewfest event.

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