Rogue Ales & Spirits recently teamed up with All About Beer Magazine and the Beer Autism Hop movement, an organization that supports the autism community and charitable causes, to create the first ever Hop Courage Great American Homebrew Contest, a sanctioned AHA/BJCP competition.

I wanted to personally invite each of you to participate in the competition because of the relationship we have with you guys. Since this is the first time we’ve done something like this, I figured you should hear about it straight from the horse’s mouth.

Top tier BJCP judges will taste entries from American homebrewers from all 50 states and choose winners in more than 28 categories. An overall grand prize winner will also be chosen early in 2015.

The grand prize is a trip for two to visit Rogue Ales in Oregon and tour the brewery in Newport, Rogue Farms in Independence and the Rogue Ales Public Houses in Portland. Not only that, he or she will brew their award-winning recipe with a Rogue brewer. The resulting beer will go on tap at The Green Dragon, one of Portland’s favorite beer bars. I know several of you have already been to these places, and all of you have done some of these things before. The really special value for any of you who may win is the national coverage the winner will receive.

The competition not only recognizes America’s finest homebrewers but it also benefits the autism community and charitable causes within craft brewing through Beer Autism Hope.

Register for $25, a $5 discount off the regular registration fee, before October 31. Each additional entry will cost $10. Standard registration ends January 31, 2015 and late registration will end March 10, 2015. For more information on the competition, Beer Autism Hop and how to enter, visit Contact Chris Thomas ( with any additional questions. Follow @LanceKnowsBeer on Twitter and like Lances Brewery Tour on Facebook for the latest updates.
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