In recognition of the recent formation of the Ontario Hop Grower’s Association, a non-profit association of 28 organic and conventional growers in the province, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has announced plans for the 1st annual Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition(GOHCBC).
Open to commercial brewers and students in their graduating year of accredited Ontario Brewmaster courses, the competition will challenge brewers to create beers using exclusively Ontario-grown hops. The beer style chosen for this inaugural edition of the competition is American IPA, with entries to be judged based on the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) guidelines for the style.
Interested participants must register for the competition by December 31st, 2012, and samples must be delivered or dropped off by February 20th, 2013. Judging will take place on February 21st during the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Full competition rules and other details are available on the GOHCBC website.
[This article co-published with Canadian Beer News]