On September 28, Central Oregon’s Mecca Grade Estate Malt will host a homebrew competition called Brewing Man Origins. The farm and maltings north of Madras is asking homebrewers to submit beers brewed with native and “local” ingredients (local being, for example, the Pacific Northwest), along with a short essay about the beer. The judging will take place on the morning of Mecca Grade’s harvest party and customer appreciation day.
Brewing Man is Mecca Grade’s effort to provide experiences that line up with its goal of recognizing and promoting local flavors and terroir in beer. The concept was originally a Burning Man-esque affair, but has shifted in scope. “We decided to make Brewing Man an all year experience instead of just a weekend event,” says Katie Ralls, Relationship Manager for Mecca Grade. “Throughout the year we will be hosting different events and workshops that keep in mind the Brewing Man theme of: natural methods of brewing, indigenous ingredients and how to use your own terroir to make truly unique beers.”
The beer categories for Brewing Man Origins are tailored to the concept, though most styles could technically fit if brewed using local, native, or homegrown ingredients. Brewers are asked to submit 64 ounces for judging; entry cost is $12 per, with all proceeds going to Heifer International. These are the categories: