We will be accepting entries from May 21st thru May 24th from 5 to 8pm. Any beer style is OK, and in the true spirit of GSB, beers need not adhere to BJCP style guidelines, but we’d like an idea of what style you think it generally fits. Keep in mind we are a small brewery and ingredients should be readily available from our suppliers. When you drop off your beer, you’ll need to list the ingredients so that we can be sure we can obtain them if yours is the winning brew. The judging results and prizes will be announced Wednesday May 28th here in the taproom at 7pm.• Lastly, the Brewers Association is calling for help before this upcoming Monday, appealing to the Food and Drug Administration on the topic of spent grain. The deets:
The winner will get the opportunity to brew a 1 barrel batch of his/her beer here on our system with the help of our brewers. We’ll buy the ingredients and put your beer on tap for as long as it lasts. While the winning brew is on tap the winner will receive free beer and big-time bragging rights. Judges will be the GSB staff. Our decision will be entirely subjective and final!
We’re excited to see what you’ve got home brewers, so BRING IT!
It is now time to begin submitting your comments and comments from the farmers who use your spent grain to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA is in the process of proposing rules and accepting comments until March 31 on Animal Feed proposed rules. The current rules proposal is a large problem for brewers. The proposed rules would require that spent grain for animal feed be dried and prepackaged onsite in a manner that does not touch human hands. There is no evidence that breweries’ spent grains as currently handled are causing any hazards to animals or humans, yet the proposed rules create a burdensome set of regulations to solve a problem that doesn't exist. The proposed rules would also be onerous to farmers who receive spent grain from brewers. The farmers appreciate the "wet" state of the grains because it helps provide hydration for the animals.
We ask that you take action now:
1. Communicate with your farmers that we will be looking for them to submit comments to FDA based on the sample farmer comments below. Farmer comments should focus on the impact of the proposed rules on their business, the preference to receive grains "wet" from brewers, the lack of problems with receiving spent grains as currently in practice and the environmental issues related to a change in current practice.
2. Prepare your own set of comments to FDA based on the sample brewer comments below, with an emphasis on how the current proposed rules will impact your business, as well as any thoughts on how landfilling grains may not fit with sustainability efforts.
3. Sign up for the March 27 Power Hour, The Food Safety Modernization Act: What Every Brewer Needs to Know, and tune in. If you have not sent in your comments before this Power Hour, please use this event as a trigger to write your comments and send them to FDA by the March 31 deadline.
Brewers Association staff has prepared the following sample comments for both brewers and farmers to customize as desired and submit. You have the option to enter your comments directly or attach a document as your comment submission. It is up to you as to which method to use; if you attach a document, we request that it be on brewery or farm business letterhead.
Enter comments online. Upload a letter or document by selecting the “Choose File” option or copy your comment from your word processing program and paste it into the space provided. Add your name in the box below the comment and under the space for “Category” choose “Private Industry C0003.” You do not have to check either of the boxes concerning third party submissions or your personal contact information.
Again, all comments must be submitted by Monday, March 31, 2014.
Thanks for your participation in weighing in on this extremely important issue.
Paul Gatza, Director