India pale ales, porters and pilsners were shared aside chocolate, chili and pumpkin spice brews at Saturday’s World Home Brew Festival.
More than 250 tasters and a combined 60 home brewers and volunteers turned out for the festival, held at Nightlight.
“It’s about tasting something that’s never been made before and probably cannot be made again due to consistency problems,” said Ethan Johnston, event co-organizer and judge.
“It’s a completely unique product, and it comes from someone you can talk to.”
Steve Day brewed the “White Knuckle Pale Ale” with two friends. He said disappointment with American beer led him to begin brewing his own.
“I lived in London and fell in love with the beer,” he said. “We don’t always get exactly what we’re aiming for, but it’s pretty much good.”
The brewers arrived early to eat, drink, network, share tips and have their beers judged.
Johnston said he developed judging criteria based on aroma, appearance, flavor, mouth feel and overall thoughts on the brew.
“This format isn’t the same that anybody else uses, but it’s modeled after a common format,” he said.