The Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Brew Competition

You are invited to participate in the 1st annual Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition (GOHCBC) to be held on February 21, 2013 at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (OFVC) in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Following two years of successful hop production sessions at the OFVC, this competition’s goal is to provide a venue for Ontario hop growers and brewers to work together and showcase unique locally grown hops and brews at Canada’s largest horticultural convention.

“The competition is open to commercial brewers, students in their graduating year of an accredited Ontario Brewmaster course and commercial hop producers in Ontario. Each entry is required to use only Ontario-grown hops. If you require contact information for an Ontario hop grower or brewer, please contact the event organisers. In this inaugural year, the style chosen to highlight the unique hop characteristics is American style India Pale Ale. All official rules and regulations including eligibility, style guidelines, and deadlines are available in the 2013 GOHCBC Competition Rules Booklet on the OMAFRA website or upon request from event organisers.”

The winning entry will receive a trophy and acknowledgment on the Hop Production Page on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website, Hort Matters newsletter, The Grower national newspaper and other industry publications. Ribbons will be awarded to second and third place and all entrants will receive a commemorative item marking the first year of the competition.

Important Dates and Information

Intent to Submit: E-mail organizers by December 31, 2012 – Act now! Only a limited number of contestants can be accepted.

Entries Accepted: February 19-20, 2012

Entry Requirements: Four (4) standard bottles of 341 mL (12 oz) – see competition rules

Entry Drop-off Location: Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Judging: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Judging Location: Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Competition Rules

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/hort/hops.html (will be posted by July 23, 2012)

Competition Organisers

Jason Deveau, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs jason.deveau@ontario.ca

Evan Elford, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs evan.elford@ontario.ca

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