National Homebrew Competition this Weekend


The American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition is upon us again. This is the second year BFD will proudly host the Sacramento First Round judging for the largest international beer competition in the world. Over 9,000 beers will be judged nationwide among twelve sites. The top three beers in each category scoring over 30 points will move on to the NHC Final Round in San Diego this June, where entries will compete for Homebrewer of the Year, among other awards.

Exclusive! The Foundation restaurant, at 400 L Street, will be hosting a four course farm-to-fork dinner with beer and cider pairings from local breweries. There will be a select few extra tickets, which will be made available to the public for $60 per person! Enjoy an exclusive meal prepared by Foundation’s Executive Chef Jeramy Smith, visit with nationally-ranked BJCP judges, and enjoy the company of truly committed beer enthusiasts. For more information, call the shop.

And, don’t forget, BFD will be Closed on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29.

Saturday is Key Lime IPA Brew Day

Join The UnderGroundBrewSquad’s Yeast Whisperer and the Sacramento Beer Enthusiast’s contest winner from this Saturday, March 21, from 10 am to 3 pm at the shop as they brew a custom-designed Key Lime IPA .

This is a great time to come out and talk brewing with some solidly knowledgeable folks!


Two Rivers Cider Open House Friday and Saturday


We want to make sure you all know about the open house at Two Rivers Cider this weekend! Friday, March 6th at 5:00 pm,  and Saturday, March 7th, at 4:00 pm. The party ends at 8 pm, so don’t be late. Live music, souvenir pint glasses with a new logo and new ciders on tap that you will see nowhere else.

SBW Brew Demo Day Feb 28

Sacramento Beer Week is coming up, beginning February 26th. While you’re out enjoying all of the finest beers our local breweries have to offer, think about: You can do this too!

Many of Sacramento’s newer craft brewers started off as homebrewers. In fact, several of Sac’s favorite beers were originally crafted on home brew systems in a backyard somewhere in this town!

Come down to BFD on Saturday, Feb 28th, for our annual SBW Brew Demo Day. We’ll be hosting home brewers from UnderGroundBrewSquad, MASH, and other homebrew clubs, who will be brewing on a wide variety of home systems. This is a great opportunity to check out designs to improve your existing system, or perhaps get you ready to take the plunge and start brewing. Are you a brewer with non-brewing friends who regularly raid your taps? Bring them down so they can see how much fun they’re missing.

Sacramento Beer Enthusiasts winner Scott Mills will be brewing with UBS, who designed his dream beer, a key lime IPA.

10 am to 5 pm at BFD.

2015 AHA National Homebrew Competition

nhcbeerThe National Homebrew Competition (NHC), an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition, is the world’s largest international beer competition recognizing the most outstanding homebrewed beer, mead, and cider produced by amateur brewers worldwide. In 2015, the NHC will host 12 First Round judging sites around the United States. First, second and third place entries that score 30 or above from each of the First Round judging centers will receive ribbons from the AHA and qualify for entry into the Final Round, which will be held in San Diego on June 11, 2015.

The application window is open from February 2 – 8. Then, competitors will be chosen by lottery from the pool of applicants (no first-come first-served frenzy), and beers will be accepted March 2-11.

The NHC First Round Sacramento is proudly held here at BFD! Last year, we hosted 76 judges from six states who judged over 700 entries on-site. Almost 8,200 entries were judged nationwide among the 12 first round sites, and almost 1,000 were judged in the final round in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year, the numbers will be even higher.

We strongly support your participation, and encourage you to enter the largest homebrewing competition in the world!


Important Dates for the 2015 Competition

Application Window: February 2-8, 2015
First Round Shipping March 2-11, 2015
First Round March 13 – April 12, 2015
Final Round Judging June 11, 2015*
Final Round Winners Announced June 13, 2015*

*During the American Homebrewers Association National Homebrewers Conference

Click here to go to the NHC Competition website for more details