Fresh off the breaking beer news wire, we have a winner in Choc’s first home brew competition! Here’s the news release from the brewery:
Smoked Porter Wins Brew at Choc’s Home
KREBS — Choc Beer is excited to announce Smoke Signal Porter by Jeff Swearengin is the winner of the inaugural Brew at Choc’s Home Competition. Smoke Signal Porter was chosen from a field of 40 entries of varying styles. Swearengin and Choc plan to brew the recipe on the Choc brewing system in the next few weeks. The beer will be available for purchase across Choc’s distribution network this summer.
The judging process was divided into two stages, preliminary and brewmaster’s judging table. During preliminary rounds the beers were divided into four flights, and judged blind against the Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines. Nine beers advanced to the brewmaster’s judging table. At this point recipe reproduction, creativity, and overall taste were used to determine the winner.
“The judging was extremely fun, engaging and at the same time very difficult,” explained Choc Brewmaster Michael Lalli. Lalli added, “As we expected, naming one winner from a group of outstanding and diverse beers was a challenge but we are very happy with the smoked porter.”
Swearengin’s smoked porter is based from a robust porter recipe. To provide the smoked flavor Swearengin smoked his own malt a few weeks in advanced. He used a combination of alder and cherry woods.