Boxing Rock Brewing Co | Shelburne, Nova Scotia

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Black Box Challenge Homebrew Competition

Published by henry on Mon, 01/11/2016 - 14:32

The Boxing Rock Brewing Company Announces Its First Homebrew Competition!
The Black Box Challenge

Think you're the best home brewer in Nova Scotia? Do you think your beer is better than all the commercial craft brews on the market? Can you make it better than we can?
Don't tell us, show us!
Are you ready for the Black Box Challenge?

The deal:

You pay an entry fee of $45. We donate half of the entry fee to the Shelburne Food Bank. There will be up to 20 entries allowed.

Registration is through Eventbrite. Click on this link to register.

Only amateur brewers may participate. No pros, please.
In the spirit of the cooking competition "Chopped Canada" you will receive a "black box" of goodies sufficient to make several 5 gallon batches.
There will be 8 malts, 5 hops and 2 yeast varieties in each Black Box, and each Black Box is identical. There are sufficient ingredients to brew a 1 gallon test batch and up to two 5 gallon batches depending on style. Successful registrants can pick up their Black Box of ingredients from Stillwell Beer Bar starting January 23 until January 31.
Please bring a printout of your Eventbrite registration ticket.

The Rules:

You may brew any style you want. Sky's the limit. HOWEVER, you may ONLY use what's in the Black Box and nothing more. That means, no adjuncts, no extracts, nothing except what's provided.
You don't have to use every ingredient given to you, but you cannot use any outside ingredient.
You may submit only ONE style for your entry.
Please, no entries over 9% ABV.
Only one entry per person please.

The Presentation

Presentations and judging will take place at Stillwell Beer Bar on Sunday, March 6 at 10:30 am.
The judging panel will hear all the presentations before any tastings take place.
You will prepare a short 5 minute or less presentation and present your entry in person to the judging panel. In this presentation you will describe the style you chose and why, the ingredients you chose, what equipment you used, any technical challenges and how you overcame them, and how you feel your beer turned out. Photos of your brewing setup are encouraged, and should be submitted along with your presentation.


You must submit the equivalent of six 341 ml, or 12 oz bottles for judging. The style you've chosen to brew has to be clearly marked on the entry form, and copies must be wrapped around each bottle submitted and secured with an elastic band. Style guidelines may be downloaded here:
Judging will be a panel of both BJCP certified judges, media and industry professionals, including ourselves! Judging will include BJCP principles, but your presentation and story also counts towards your final score, so make it good. The entry with the highest score will win.

The winner:

We'll choose the winning entry and name the winning brewer the Black Box Brewer of the Year, and award you a cool trophy. We will contact the winning brewer and invite you down to Shelburne where we'll help you make your brew on our 17 HL system. Then we'll package your beer in kegs, growlers and 650 ml bottles and offer it for sale with proceeds going to the Shelburne Food Bank. We'll debut your beer at the Stillwell Open on Sunday May 8, 2016 during Craft Beer Week and put it on tap at various bars in Nova Scotia.