The Maryland Microbrewery Festival is a state-sanctioned event which showcases Maryland craft beer. It is held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Union Mills Homestead, just north of Westminster, Maryland.
Part of the Festival's mission is to educate guests about beer, and about how the craft of homebrewing beer is an integral part of Maryland's beer culture. From the inception of the Maryland Microbrewery Festival in 2005, the Midnight Homebrewers' League has provided the educational component of the Festival's mission. Our club operates the Homebrewing Education Tent, in which we perform day-long demonstrations of homebrewing beer. Extract and all-grain brewing methods are demonstrated, and moderated by club members who explain to guests the process of brewing beer as they watch it being done. A literature table provides sample Zymurgy magazines for guests to take home, homebrewing books and supply catalogs, and hand-outs from other homebrew clubs from around Maryland.
In addition to the Homebrewing Education Tent, the club conducts an annual competition in the historic Mill on the grounds of Union Mills Homestead. This BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition draws entries from all parts of Maryland and the surrounding states. The winning brewer's recipe is scaled up for commercial production by Dog Brewing Company for draft sales at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in Maryland. Huge thanks go to our primary partners: the Union Mills Homestead, Dog Brewing Company, and Buffalo Wild Wings!
The 2015 competition and festival will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Union Mills Homestead. This year we are adding prizes for 3rd Place winners in each prize category (subject to available prizes).
All entries are done online through the competition registration site, here. General Registration opens on August 1. If you are interested in signing up as a Judge or Steward, registration is open NOW, and you would then use your same sign-in credentials to create entries. There are excellent privileges to being a Judge for our competition...read about them on the registration site.
We thank everyone in advance who participates in this year's competition...entrants, Stewards, Staff, and Judges.
Questions? Email me. Or ask me over a beer some time soon. Cheers!
The winners list from the 2014 Competition (Best Of Show is in Red):
Below are the 2013 prize category and Best Of Show winners:
Below are the 2012 competition Winners