may, 2017

sun07may7:00 am5:00 pmEvent Over2017 Riverside Shootout Homebrew Competition4th Annual Homebrew Competition7:00 am - 5:00 pm Martin House Brewing Company, 220 S. Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76111

Event Details

Martin House will host our 4th annual homebrew competition – The Riverside Shootout – on May 7th, 2016 from 7am to 5pm.   Here are the details:


Who: The competition is open to all amateur home brewers.  Nobody who is currently employed at a brewery or brewpub is eligible.  All brewers must brew a 5 – 10 gallon batch of all-grain beer.  No malt extracts are allowed.  All beers must be a minimum of 5% abv.  A Maximum of 40 teams can participate.  Each team entry will include 3 pint glasses and tasting for 3 people.  Please keep teams to 3 people or less.

What: We are inviting you to bring your own home-brew setup (Martin House WILL NOT provide brewing equipment) here to Martin House and brew your best recipe with the hopes of winning $500 and a chance to do a pro-am big brew with us on our system.

When: The competition is on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.  There will be a staggered start time of 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11am.  This is to ensure adequate power and knockout water for everybody.  Everybody should be cleaned up and ready to leave by 5pm. Remember that your water will be preheated so it’ll knock significant time off your brew day.  After your brew is finished, Martin House beers can be sampled.

Where: This is happening in the back parking lot at the brewery, on the banks of the Trinity River with the best view in Fort Worth. You will be provided with pre-heated water, tap water hook-ups, and 110v electrical.  Please bring your own extension cord and hoses.

Why: To show off your brewing skills, to have a chance at $500, and to get bragging rights when your recipe is on tap all around DFW. 2nd place wins $200.  3rd place wins $100

How: The entry fee is $45 per team. This includes the necessary ingredients as described below, a pint glass (limit 3 per team), and beer sampling AFTER your brew is done.

 This event is not open to the public. Only registered home-brew teams will be allowed to attend.

The Nitty Gritty:

We are forming this competition in a way so that your recipe will be ready to scale up if you win.  For that reason, You will be provided as much pre-milled 2-row as you need – we used Great Western Malting. You will provide your own specialty malts and can do whatever you want with those – no limits. If you want to use something besides standard 2-row as a base (wheat, munich, etc.) that’s fine too but you would need to provide yourself. Any standard 2-row needs to be provided by us. You can only use the following hops and we will provide those: Citra (New this year), Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Sorachi Ace, Falconer’s Flight, German Polaris, US Brewers Gold, Czech Saaz, French Strisselspalt, and US Northern Brewer.  We will send you home with any dry-hops you need – please bring a container to take them home.  You will be required to use our yeast and we will provide a large fresh pitch of our house yeast to everybody. The MHBC house yeast is comparable to WLP001 or Wyeast 1056.  DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR: Our saison blend will NOT be available.   You will also be given as much preheated water as necessary. We use City of Fort Worth water which has been filtered with activated carbon and not treated in any other way. Tap water hose hookups, 110v power hookups, and a homebrew style mill will be available for use.  Please bring your water hose and extension cords. IMPORTANT: BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY TEAMS NEEDING POWER, WE DO NOT HAVE THE POWER AVAILABLE TO RUN SYSTEMS WITH ELECTRICAL HEATING ELEMENTS.  IF YOU PLAN TO BRING SUCH A SYSTEM PLEASE BE PREPARED TO BRING YOUR OWN GENERATOR.

The beer you brew here on May 7th will be taken home to ferment and bottle.  They are due back at the brewery by Monday, June 26th at 5pm.  You can keg, and bottle from keg or bottle condition.  More details on how many samples and labeling requirements will be provided the day of the competition.  There are no style guidelines.  All judging will happen on a “Best of Show” basis.  The judging will be conducted “blind” by Martin House Brewing employees, friends, volunteers, other local brewers, and other folks involved in the beer industry. Judging will be proctored by somebody who was not present at the competition.  All judging decisions are final.

Please don’t be afraid to get very creative with your recipes, herb, spice, fruit, vegetable, sugars, etc, etc, etc. are encouraged.  Style-bending recipes are encouraged.  Please show us some recipes that we haven’t though of before (hint: we’ve thought of black IPAs). Big 12% beers are encouraged & 5% session beers are encouraged and everything in-between.  We’re really looking for things we haven’t thought of here.  Good Luck and we are extremely excited to host you guys.

Award Ceremony – New for this year:

We will have an award ceremony event at the brewery on August 5th.  EDIT: The event has been moved to August 19th.  At this event, we will invite every team to bring samples of the beer they brewed at the competition to share with the other homebrewers as well as the public.  We will announce the winners during this event.  More details for this event will be forthcoming.

More Details for the Winning Beer:

The winning team will need to provide their homebrew recipe.  We will scale up the recipe for production on our 30 barrel system.  We plan to brew one 30 barrel batch of it for a draft only release.  We may or may not brew a 20 gallon test batch here on our pilot system before we scale up.  This depends on the complexity of the recipe as well as timing.  We will release the beer on  October 31, which means that we will brew the beer sometime during the week of October 2 – 6.  You and your brew team will be invited to come to the brewery on brew day.  We will do what we can to work with your schedule so you and your brew team can come and brew the big batch with us, but please keep in my that our production schedule is tight so it may not work out perfectly.  We will include the winners as much as possible with the name development and artwork development.  You will be invited to take part in a launch event at the brewery as well as launch events around the metroplex.  Your participation in this beer can be as much or as little as you like.


(Sunday) 7:00 am - 5:00 pm


Martin House Brewing Company

220 S. Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76111

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2017 Riverside Shootout