2017 Napa Homebrewers Classic!

Here is the email from the host Mike Riddle:

The Napa Homebrewers Classic is back!  Great beer and great fun for all!  Come join the hundreds of other participants and help us raise money for charities supported by the Rotary Club of North Napa.  Last year we raised $13,000 with your help! 

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 we are going to hold the 2017 Napa Homebrewers Classic at Justin-Sienna High School at 4026 Maher St., Napa from noon until 5pm. 

The advance purchase ticket is $25 (or $35 if you want to buy a ticket which includes a meal).  Or you can buy tickets at the door for $5 more.  Once again, homebrewers who volunteer to pour their beer at the Brewfest will get free entry to the event.  Their brews will be judged by the Brewfest attendees, who will determine the most popular beer.  

NEW This Year - The Festival Beer Style is Toast!  We are asking homebrewers to consider entering a keg of specialty beer in a very special popularity contest.  There will be a separate ribbon and prize for the best Toast beer at the Brewfest!  What is the Toast Specialty Beer Style?  It is simply any beer made with a significant amount of the fermentables coming from toasted bread.  The idea is to highlight a very tasty way to avoid food waste.  The Napa Valley Food Bank will be a significant beneficiary of this year’s event.

There will also be a BJCP sanctioned (bottle) competition on February 11 at the Napa Valley Wine Train Commissary.  Homebrewers who win a blue ribbon in the BJCP contest will get a free entry to the Brewfest where the Best of Show judging will take place.  The contest fee is $9 per entry.  Three bottles are required.   

You can visit http://northnaparotary.org/napa_homebrewers_classic for all the details.  

 Here are the key dates: 

Now – the website is live for volunteering to pour your beer at the event, downloading homebrew contest entry registration forms, and judge registration. 

January 9 – January 21 – bottles for the homebrew competition are due.  

February 11 – BJCP judging at the Napa Valley Wine Train Commissary. 

February 18 – last day to volunteer to pour your beer at the event. 

March 4 – 2017 Napa Homebrewers Classic at Justin-Sienna High School.

I hope you’ll join us for a great time and bring along your friends!  Please email or call me (707-337-8088) with questions or to express interest in participating.  Paul Keefer (paulkeefer@sonic.net) has graciously agreed to serve as the Judge Director again this year.

Local Oktoberfests and Brewfest

10/1 - Brewfest, Marinwood Community Center, 12-5, $12 in advance, $15 at door. Link NOTE-I'll be pouring in the second shift at this one.

10/8 - Corte Madera, Old Corte Madera Square, 12-5, $25. Link 

10/9 - Petaluma Oktoberfest, Hermann Sons "Petaluma Lodge #26", $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Link

10/15 - Biketoberfest, Fairfax near Iron Springs, $25 in advance, $40 at the door. Link 

10/22 - Novato, Greek Orthodox Church, $45, Link 

Urge Governor Brown to Sign AB 2172

Urge Governor Brown to Sign AB 2172

Legislation Would Permit Homebrew Clubs to Meet, Hold Competitions and Share Their Beer Amongst Themselves at Licensed Establishments

The American Homebrewers Association is supporting an effort led by the California Homebrewers Association to pass legislation on behalf of California’s homebrewers.

Your action is needed now to ensure Governor Brown signs AB 2172, sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Jones of Santee, into law. If enacted, this bill will permit homebrew clubs to meet, hold competitions and share their beer amongst themselves at licensed establishments such as brewpubs, tasting rooms and restaurants.

On August 24, AB 2172 passed a final vote by Assembly, sending it to the Governor's desk.

How Can You Help?

This is our last big push to ensure this bill is signed into law.

You may use this sample letter from the California Homebrewers Association to customize your own letter of support. It is important to be polite and respectful in your message. Please remember that this is a bipartisan issue and anything that we send is a reflection on all California homebrewers and our wonderful hobby.

Letter Address:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

While letters are more effective, an online form is available as an alternative means of contacting the Governor. Be sure to select AB 2172 as the chosen subject.

Thank you for your support of homebrewers. Your action could make the difference in whether or not this legislation becomes law.


Gary Glass
American Homebrewers Association