Defending champions Dino Matias, right, and Arnd Zschocken, left, serve up their latest brews for the fourth annual CAMRA South Okanagan Home Brewers Competition on Saturday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Tin Whistle Brewing hosts 4th Annual Homebrewing Competition

The winner gets the opportunity to brew a commercial batch of their winning beer.

By Brennan Phillips

Western News Staff

Tin Whistle Brewing hosts the fourth annual CAMRA South Okanagan Home Brewers Competition today.

From 1 p.m. until 4, people are invited to taste and vote for their favourite among the homebrewers’ best beers. Up for grabs are bragging rights and prizes for the top three best brews. A panel of brewery judges will also be making the rounds to decide who will take home this year’s Judges Choice award, and get the chance to brew a commercial batch of their beer with the aid of a local brewery.

This year, 10 groups and individual brewers have brought their best 18 brews to the competition, with a wide variety of beer ranging from porters to pale ales available to taste.

“It’s really tough, there’s so many different styles,” said Ian Dyck, co-owner of Cannery Brewing and one of four judges this year. “We’re looking for something that’s really well made, and creativity is always a big plus, if you can it work and you have some interesting ingredients. There’s a whole gamut of beers and everything’s tasted great so far.”

The Nest & Nectar is also returning with their poutine bar this year.

Last year’s Judges Choice award went to homebrewers Dino Matias and Arnd Zschocken, whose brew was described by one judge as being “kind of floral and a nice kind of Saison character to it.”

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced before last call at 4 p.m.

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