The first THIRSTY homebrew competition was held Spring of 1994 with 104 entries. In 2003 the name was changed to the THIRSTY Classic and has endured until 2016. Regretfully, the THIRSTY Classic has been retired.
Through the years the Classic has been supported by Millstream Brewing and their staff. Millstream was the receiver for the entries and the site of the competition itself. Millstream Brewery was a perfect venue for our competition. Since 2003 I have been the competition coordinator. I have handled each bottle entered (~1500 entries), managed the data entry of entrant information, and mailed ribbons and score sheets. Through this process I feel like I know many of you. Over the years I began to recognize familiar names of people who supported the competition by entering their beer, mead or cider year after year. I had the good fortune to sample your entries after the judging finishedl. I have formed great friendships with judges who came year after year to help make the THIRSTY competition successful. You judges deserve a hand, as judging at the Classic wasn’t always a smooth process.
THIRSTY Classic Coordinator
The 2015 IHBOTY award circuit is complete.
Congratulations to Aaron Reif, member of the Iowa Brewers Union homebrew club and Des Moines homebrewer.
Online entries accepted November 16 – 27
Entries are capped at 150 this year.
Entry fee this year is $7
Judging is Saturday, December 5, 2015 and is held at Millstream Brewing
The 2008 BJCP guidelines will be followed.
Judges and stewards are needed for this event as well. Sign up online
Millstream Brewing Company is co-sponsoring this event again.
Entries are accepted Feb. 21- March 21, 2015
Judging is March 28, 2015
First Entry is $7 subsequent entries are $5
One entry per style sub-category
Register entries on-line www.ibuopen.com
Best of Show: 6A Cream Ale brewed by Doug Karp, Wichita Homebrewers Organization
Results: 353 entries, 165 registered participants http://www.ibuopen.com/
The Iowa State Fair results are in.
BOS Stephen Rinderknecht, Kolsch
BOS Andre Bajorek, Black Current Melomel
Congratulations extended to THIRSTY members Kevin S., Kent B. and Wayne B. for their winning entries.
The 2014 IBU Open was held Saturday, May 29 at Confluence Brewing
Best of Show Nathan Briscoe, KC Biermeisters, Traditional Bock (5B)
Start planning and brewing for the 2014 IBU Open
Judging is March 29 at Confluence Brewing. Entries, judges and stewards are welcome. http://www.ibuopen.com/ This is the first contest in the IHBOTY circuit.
Congratulations to Scot Schaar of Davenport and a member of MUGZ. Scot entered 3 of the 4 contests and earned a total of 34 points.
The 2013 THIRSTY Classic has come to a close. 48 brewers entered a total of 185 beers, ciders or meads.
Best of Show
Chad Vanderpool of MALTZ “Quad E Chop” a Belgian Dark Strong Ale
2013 THIRSTY Classic Results
A big thank you to the all the judges who stepped up today.
Thank you to the co-sponsor Millstream Brewing
All brewers will be receiving their judging sheets in the mail.