Competition by the bottle

Competitors and judges gather at a homebrew competition at Backstage in Torrington, Conn. Photo by Tony Leone

Homebrewers do three things very well: brew, drink, and enter brew competitions.

Brewers descended upon Backstage in Torrington on August 9 for the second of three rounds of a Backstage/Sierra Nevada Brewing competition.

The final round is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, also at Backstage.

The first round drew 35 entries, and round 2 competitors were made up of nine from the top 12 from round 1 and three from an “open” category, explained Stephen Raimondi, a certified beer judge and one of the judges for the compeititions. Brewers submitted 12-ounce bottles for judgement.

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The Purist

Paul Zocco

The following column was published in the Waterbury (CT) Republican-American on April 11, 2012.

By Will Siss

In the cramped back room of his small home brew store in Willimantic, Paul T. Zocco and seven customers sipped beers and talked about mistakes.

Newbies like the customers love to talk about the time the airlock on their primary fermenter blew up to create a telltale brown splotch on the ceiling. Or the time they forgot to clean their bottle necks and wound up with beer that tasted like socks, not that it didn’t grow on them eventually. Continue reading “The Purist”