Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Funky Picnic reveals winners from their Smoke ‘Em Out Homebrew Competition

Image courtesy of Funky Picnic Brewery & Café.

Funky Picnic Brewery & Café has announced the winners from its inaugural Smoke ‘Em Out Homebrew Competition. Announced in July, the first-of-its-kind event was a collaboration between Funky Picnic and TexMalt, a fellow Funkytown firm that specializes in the production of locally-malted grains.

Area homebrewers submitted 24 beers to the competition, with entries ranging from traditional rauchbiers to smoky sour concoctions. Recipes were designed around a quantity of smoked San Jacinto 2-Row Heritage Malt, supplied by TexMalt.

A panel of eight judges, consisting of homebrewers, maltsters, general smoke beer enthusiasts and professional brewers from across Dallas-Fort Worth, narrowed those entries down to the top three. Winning beers, along with a Brewer's Choice selection are listed below. The Brewer's Choice honoree will brew the winning recipe at Funky Picnic, who will then release the beer in their taproom on a future date.

1st Place: Smoked English Porter, John Skelton.
2nd Place:  Smoked Irish Red Ale, Big Country Homebrewers Association.
3rd Place:  Juniper Berry Mixed-Fermentation Smoke Beer, Joshua Hayes.

Brewer's Choice: Smoked Irish Red Ale, Big Country Homebrewers Association.

Cheers and congratulations to all!

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