Calling all Homebrewers!

Have you ever wanted to have your recipe brewed on a professional 5-barrel brewhouse?

Heliotrope is partnering with our good friends at Murphy & Rude Malting to host the first ever Shenandoah Homebrew Smackdown!

Submit bottles of your best beer for judging, and we’ll pick a winner, reproduce it on our system, and put it on tap in our taproom and at Murphy & Rude’s planned beer bar in Charlottesville!

We pride ourselves at Heliotrope in using local and regional ingredients whenever possible, which is why we put locally-malted grain from Murphy & Rude in every batch of beer we brew. You’re not required to do so for this competition, but if you choose to brew with Murphy & Rude malt, they are offering a generous 25% discount to all participants.

Any beer style is permitted.  However, please note that beers with exotic ingredients or necessary barrel aging may be disqualified from the grand prize based on how feasible it is to reproduce it in our brewery.

Please deliver 2 12-oz cans or bottles to Heliotrope by Monday, July 22nd. Label each bottle with your name. (Judging will be blind.) We are open M & W 4-8, F 4-9, Sat noon-9, and Sun noon-8 for drop off.

All entries will be judged by industry professionals and will receive a scoresheet.

On Tuesday, August 6th we’ll host a private party and bottle share for all participants, at which we’ll reveal the grand prize winner, and hand out additional awards.  Bring your homebrew to share! Heliotrope’s house-made brick oven pizza will be provided, and our beer, wine, and cider will be available for purchase.

Shenandoah Homebrew Smackdown

Submit Your Brew

Style guidelines: https://www.bjcp.org/beer-styles/beer-style-guidelines/
Anything you’d like us to know about ingredients or process.