Do you daydream about opening your own brewery? Have you ever wanted to see what it is like to work in a professional brewery? Think you have what it takes to take your beer to the next level? If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, then we are looking for you! I am partnering again with Bitter and Esters and Covenhoven to present the NYC Brewers Pro-Am (formerly the NY Pro-Am Brew P.I.T.) on Saturday, June 27th.
We will once again pair local professional brewers with advanced homebrewers. The amateurs will get a chance to tour a professional brewery and sit down with a brewer to talk about passion, inspiration and technique. This year along with the name change comes some exciting new opportunities for the homebrewer participants. Rather than simply creating a recipe inspired by their paired brewery, homebrewers with collaborate on a recipe with the pros and will be able to brew that beer on their pilot system.
That collaboration will be served at Covenhoven on June 27th for 2 sessions alongside a beer by the brewer and a beer created by the homebrewer. The winner, as decided by the audience, will then brew a full-size commercial batch of the beer which will be on sale to the public. It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity and speaks to the essence of community that defines the NYC beer scene.
Want to participate? There are only a few requirements needed in order to qualify as a candidate.
1. You are an all-grain brewer.
2. You write your own all-grain recipes.
3. You are passionate about brewing and the local craft beer scene
4. You are available to visit your assigned brewery at a time that is convenient to them (which can include taking time away from work).
If you meet these qualifications, tell us why you would be perfect for this year's Pro-Am by signing up here. Applications are being accepted through Friday, April 24th.
Having recently brewed a commercial batch of beer with a local brewery and having subsequently ordered that beer in some of my favorite spots in Brooklyn, let me let you this is an opportunity that will fuel your creativity as a brewer and will inspire you to make better beer so that you can make more of it (to share, of course).
Be sure to like the NY Brewers Pro-Am on Facebook. And while you're there be sure to like Brew To Share on Facebook, follow @brewtoshare on Twitter (where I share beer news that is interesting to me), and check out my #beer365 project on Instagram @brewtoshare.