Like beer? Me too. Love local craft beer? You're not alone.
It might not have the cachet of maple leaves, beavers, or hockey, but many would be unapologetic and quick to argue that our love of beer is as Canadian as our frigid winter climate. So, if you're like me and enjoy the occasional (*cough*) local craft beer, you'll be hopping with excitement to know that an old-fashioned beer war is brewing in Uptown Waterloo.
On May 5th starting at 8:00 p.m., three to five local craft brewers will compete for bragging rights at Abe Erb, located at 15 King Street South. So far, three local breweries are confirmed: the hosts Abe Erb, Innocente, and Block Three Brewing Company. However, they want to get one or two more confirmed for the event. Unlike the prohibition days of fierce, and sometimes violent, competition between rival brewers and bootleggers, this competition will no doubt be of a friendlier variety that will see the local craft brewers transform a handful of ingredients into their best beer, with you, the public, deciding the winner. For all you skeptics out there, don't worry about any shenanigans with the judging ... the tasting is double-blind, so neither the presenter nor the taster know what beer is being sampled. Tickets for the event will be sold ahead of time, and limited to approximately 160, so that anyone who purchases one also wins the right to become a judge for the evening, receiving a flight of beer with one 7oz. sample from each brewery, and then marking a ballot with their favourite beer, with results being tallied at the end of the night to crown the champion.
Apart from that, the rules simple: each brewery will craft the same type of beer (an American Brown Ale) but the type of yeast, hops, and alcohol content will be up to each brewer. The American Brown Ale will allow for some creativity in the contest, as the bitterness and hop flavour has a wide range and the alcohol can vary from about four to about eight per cent. In addition to local bragging rights, organizers say that any money raised from the event will be donated to a local charity or community group.
Want to be a judge? Ticket prices have not yet been announced, however, you can visit www.abeerb.com, innocente.ca or blockthreebrewing.com for more details as they become available. Or check them out on Twitter, @Innocente_Brew, @BlockThree and @abe_erb for more information.
I hope you found this article intoxicating. Cheers!
Source: Waterloo Chronicle