Call for best brew

HOME-BREW: Last year's winner 47-year-old hobbyist brewer Greg Van Den Broek will enter his 'nibbler' lager again this year.
HOME-BREW: Last year's winner 47-year-old hobbyist brewer Greg Van Den Broek will enter his 'nibbler' lager again this year.

The Port Lincoln Show’s home-brew beer competition will enter its 18th year this year.

This year’s entrants will have six categories to compete in before an overall winner is crowned the ‘Champion Brew of Show’.

Last year’s winner Greg Van Den Broek picked up the hobby after his wife brought him a home-brew kit for Christmas and said it was not too hard.

“It’s about a five week process, but what started as a one-time thing turned into a six-year hobby.

“My wife loves it,” he said.

Mr Van Den Broek, 47, won last year’s competition with his lager, but said he also brewed other beers at home.

“I predominantly brew lagers, but I try my hand at IPAs and stouts too. 

“At any one time I have a batch of six kegs filled and two are always on tap in my beer fridge,” he said.

When pressed on what he called his beers, the hobbyist brewer said that his friends had named his lager for him.

“My friends actually named my winning lager, they call it the nibbler.”

Competitors can enter their brewed ales, stouts, bitters, IPAs, draughts or their best presented home-made label.

Beer Garden Brewing owner and sponsor of the home-brew competition Janie Butterworth said she hoped all local home brewers would get involved.

“There’s a few shy home-brewers out there and we want to encourage everyone to come and give it a go and show us what you can do.”

“It would be nice to see some more entrants in the label competition too,” she said.

Each brew will be judged on presentation, aroma, clarity of pour, carbonation, head retention, taste and overall impression.

Mark Hood and Rob Lang will judge the competition on August 9 and 10.