Jim Koch is really trying to bring the joy of Homebrewing into the mainstream, and he's giving the average joe the chance to get his or her own 15 minutes of beer making fame.
The collection includes Old Ale by Don Oliver of California, a Dortmunder Export brewed by Bruce Stott from Massachusetts and a Boysenberry Wheat, submitted by Samuel Adams employee winner Ken Smith from Colorado. Don Oliver and Bruce Stott were selected out of more than 1,500 homebrewer contestants.
I can't help but wonder how many out of that original 1,500, were just rotten beers. Much in the same way that American Idol has some real losers in the first few rounds... You think there were any Natural Lite quality beers in the early rounds of judging?
"It was tough choosing the winners, but our panel of judges decided that the Old Ale and the Dortmunder Export stood apart from the rest in taste and adherence to style guidelines. As for Ken's Boysenberry Wheat, it is also truly exceptional," said Samuel Adams founder and brewer, Jim Koch. "I'll never forget the feeling I had when Samuel Adams Boston Lager was first sold on shelves nationwide, and I'm excited to share that experience with all three winners."
Check out the reviews that "BigDog" Mike and I did on the LongShot beers, by selecting the links above... Our first attempts at reviewing beers...
If you have any hopes of getting your homebrew in next year's LongShot sixer, you'll need to act soon! Entries need to be in between April 15 and May 1, 2007 and the winners will be announced in October at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival. Details
I'm not ready, I'm still a novice, by my goal is to be good enough to enter in 3 years... That's right, I want to make a beer for the 2010 LongShot sixer, but I have a lot to learn in the mean time...