• Bringing beer culture

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  • to the Big Country

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  • one brew at a time.

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Welcome to THE BCHA WEBSITE

The Big Country Homebrewers are a group of brewers who support a responsible love for craft brewed beer and the brewing process. Men and women age 21 years and older are encouraged to join and participate in all club activities. Activities include special themed gatherings, club competitions, brewing demonstrations, technical clinics and homebrew or commercial beer tastings.

We are sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and plan to participate in many AHA sanctioned events throughout the years to come. We provide instruction and information into the brewing process, its history, beer styles and just craft brewing in general. Several of our members are award-winning homebrewers and have a wealth of knowledge in the homebrewing hobby. Members of the Big Country Homebrewers hope to form lasting friendships and to stimulate a love for handcrafted beer in the Big Country.

About Us

 

Big Country Homebrewers Association was founded by homebrewers Jeff Bell and Brian Cokonougher in late 2007 to promote the hobby to the greater Abilene area and to educate for the betterment of craft beer. Since that inception, Big County Homebrewers Association has continually grown its membership and is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and is now operating under a constitution created by, and voted on by its members.

We generally meet about once per month to discuss club business, to learn and to teach about brewing great beer, and to share in our success as brewers. Many of our members enjoy homebrew competitions not only for the challenge of the competition but also as a means to learn how to make better beer and, as a group, we have a wealth of knowledge to offer the newcomer and experienced brewer alike.

Membership

 

Individual: $25 per year
Family: $40 per year

Benefits:

Club events

 

  • The club meets on the second Saturday of every month from 7-9pm. Contact us for more information.

2016 Club competitions

 

Best Beer Competition - Due 4/9
Submit any beer according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines and declare an appropriate style. Beers will be judged based on how closely the submission resembles the style guidelines in aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall impression.

American vs British Beer Competition - Due 7/4
In celebration of Independence Day we will have an American vs British beer competition (thanks to Tom for the idea two years ago). Please pick your side and submit entries based on the appropriate style from the 2015 guidelines (American Examples: Cat 1, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 vs British Examples: Cat 11, 12a, 12c, 13, 16, 17). Individual winners will be awarded as well as overall country based on side with most awards.

Session Beer Competition - Due 9/10
Open to any "sessionable" beer that is low in gravity - original gravity 1.050 and below and falls within a specified 2015 BJCP style. Entries will be judged on how closely they resemble the guidelines in aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, overall impression, and meet the "sessionable" criteria.

Big Beer Competition Competition - Due 12/10
Open to any high gravity beer - original gravity 1.075 and above and falls within a specified 2015 BJCP style. Entries will be judged on how closely they resemble the guidelines in aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, overall impression, and meet the high gravity criteria. Please choose an appropriate style!

2015 BJCP Style Guidlines

** As in years past please provide 2 bottles per entry with $2 to receive score sheets. Please use club competition forms and labels. There is a limit of 2 entries per brewer and most of the due dates correspond with club meetings to make it easier to submit.

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