In it’s first year, the Carolina Quarterly Brew-Off has already held three successful competitions. With the 4th quarter’s competition looming in the near future, we thought we would recap what this competition is and what makes it unique.
The Carolina Quarterly Brew-Off is the brainchild of John Federal (whom we interviewed a while ago). John is a brewer over at Raleigh Brewing Company and has formerly helped organize the Piedmont Brewer’s Cup. The idea of the competition was to do a mini-competition each quarter, then let the four winners subject their brews to the court of public opinion and let the masses decide the champion.
Each quarter only features a small subset of the BJCP categories, in addition to one wildcard category that is run Iron Chef style, with a handful of ingredients pre-selected, but no style defined.
So far, we have seen three quarters go by and produce three quality winning brews. Registration is open until September 21st for the final quarter, which is limited to the following styles:
- Berliner-weisse – 17A Guidelines
- Dunkelweizen – 15B Guidelines
- California Common – 7B Guidelines
- Wild Card Beer: You must craft a beer using oak (any variety, any type), Caramunich II malt, & Northern Brewer hops.