Reuben’s Brews in search of the next great home brewer


Reuben’s Brews just announced its 3rd annual Hop Idol Homebrew Contest. Entries are now being accepted. The winning brewer will get to brew their beer on the commercial brewing system at Reuben’s Brews. It will then be released at the company’s tasting rooms. See the official announcement below for more details.

By the way, did you notice that I said “tasting rooms?” We will have more news for you about the new, in-the-works Reuben’s Brews location soon. Stay tuned.

Reuben’s Brews’ Third Annual “Hop Idol” Homebrew Contest Now Open: Call For Entries

Reuben’s Brews is looking for the next great homebrew in the 3rd Annual “Hop Idol” Homebrew Contest. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to brew his or her winning beer with the Reuben’s Brews team in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The beer will then be released at the brewery’s tasting rooms in May, distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest, and entered into the Washington Beer Awards and the Pro-Am category at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival. Last year’s competition had over 116 entries from as near as Seattle to as far as Alabama. Entries must arrive between February 20 and February 27, 2019.

The Hop Idol Homebrew Contest accepts hop-forward brews, and contestants may enter up to five different beers. The program is a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certified homebrew competition. All entries are blind tasted and scored against the BJCP style guidelines for which they are entered, focusing on hoppy styles. Judging will take place on Saturday, March 2 with a winner announced on Friday, March 8.

Each submission requires a $5 entry fee, which will then be donated to support Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute. For complete contest rules and guidelines, as well as required entry recipe forms and shipping address, please visit: