From garages and kitchens, to craft breweries across America, Samuel Adams is giving brewers around the country a chance to turn up the heat on their mash. During this years’ Great American Beer Festival (GABF), announced homebrewer Ronnie Lawson of Austin, TX as the overall winner of the 2017 LongShot American Homebrew Contest and Peter Malikowski of Hampden, ME and Justin Greer of Royal Oak, MD as the runners up. The brewer also announced that Timothy and Dali Parker from Chula Vista Brewery in Chula Vista, CA won the 2018 Brewing & Business Experienceship as part of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream (BTAD) program.
“I’ve made it my mission to help to elevate and grow the entire craft beer industry and help fellow brewers pursue their brewing passion,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “As part of this dedication, our newly revamped LongShot American Homebrew Contest and support for breweries through Brewing the American Dream provides a chance for passionate homebrewers and up-and-coming breweries alike to develop their skills and advance their brewing careers, which our growing craft beer industry be even more successful and innovative.”
The Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest Created 21 years ago to recognize passionate homebrewers, the LongShot Contest now equips winners with the experience and education to further their love of brewing – and potentially become a brewing professional like multiple past LongShot winners. Contest applicants submitted two-minute videos explaining their passion for brewing and why they want to leave their day job to become a professional brewer. A panel of judges narrowed the video applicants down to the top 10, who were then narrowed down to the top 5 by online drinking votes. The top 5 homebrewers then submitted their best homebrew for judging by a panel of expert media judges and Samuel Adams brewers including Jim Koch.
Ronnie Lawson, a homebrewer from Austin TX who brewed a cross between a Munich Helles and Dortmunder beer, won the overall LongShot American Homebrew Contest and will be awarded the new LongShot grand prize: a one-week “Brewership.” The Brewership is a fully-immersive brewing experience at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery that allows Lawson to work alongside the award-winning team of Samuel Adams brewers, learning about ingredient sourcing, the nuts and bolts needed to run a brewery, quality assurance testing, packaging and more. The Brewership also includes the chance to brew a limited-release collaboration beer that will be available in Lawson’s hometown as well as the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery.
“Becoming a professional brewer will be a dream come true. To better prepare myself for this day, I continue to read everything that I can get my hands on about brewing as well as beer styles,” said Ronnie Lawson, winning LongShot homebrewer. “Everything that I have done with my brewing and all of the competitions that I have entered all point to one direction: becoming a professional brewer. What I first thought would just be a fun hobby has turned into a passion that has felt serendipitous in the outcome so far. Winning LongShot adds another locomotive engine to what feels like an unstoppable train!”
The two runners-up, Peter Malikowski of Hampden, ME and Justin Greer of Royal Oak, MD, both of whom brewed outstanding and different New England IPAs, will receive a scholarship for an online brewing course at The Siebel Institute of Technology, an internationally-inspired educational experience in brewing technology knowledge.
Learn more about Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest at www.samueladams.com/longshot.
The Samuel Adams Brewing & Business Experienceship
The Brewing & Business Experienceship is a core element of the Brewing the American Dream program that helps up-and-coming brewers who have participated in BTAD to advance their brewing dreams. This year, Timothy and Dali Parker from Chula Vista Brewery in Chula Vista, CA were named the winners of the 2018 Brewing & Business Experienceship.
Veteran and minority-owned, Chula Vista Brewery has been on a mission to bring quality beer to an underserved community in the San Diego area. The brewery received a microloan through program non-profit lending partner Accion in 2015 to obtain the equipment needed to open the brewery. Chula Vista’s current distribution is limited to its 12-tap tasting room and local craft beer events, and the Parkers have dreams of reaching even more craft beer lovers.
“It’s an unbelievable honor to win the Experienceship,” said Tim Parker. “We want to brew great beers for our community, neighbors and friends for many years to come. Now, with the team from Sam Adams behind us, we’re confident they’ll steer us in the right direction and help us advance our mission at Chula Vista Brewery.”
The Experienceship will be tailored to Chula Vista Brewery’s specific business needs with opportunities that include extended mentoring, a trip to the Boston Brewery to learn from brewing and business experts, the opportunity to brew a collaboration beer with Samuel Adams and financial support to attend industry events like GABF.
Samuel Adams recently collaborated with five breweries for the limited release Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack. A majority of the up-and-coming breweries in the pack had previously won the Brewing & Business Experienceship.
Learn more about Samuel Adams Brewing & Business Experienceship at www.btad.samueladams.com/how-we-help/brewing-and-business-experienceship.
About Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream
Jim Koch started Samuel Adams in his kitchen in 1984 when imported and domestic beer were the only option for beer lovers. In his pursuit of a better beer, he ignited a similar revolution, the craft beer movement, inspiring a whole new category that’s produced millions of jobs in communities from coast-to-coast. In the wake of his success, and with a passion for supporting entrepreneurs who are in the place where he once found himself, Jim launched Brewing the American Dream – a philanthropic program that embodies Sam Adams’ pursuit of better.
In partnership with Accion, the nation’s largest non-profit microlender, Brewing the American Dream provides startups in food and beverage with real-world business advice and financing through Speed Coaching, Pitch Room Competitions, loans, mentoring and more. Since 2008, Brewing the American Dream has provided thousands of small businesses with mentoring and loans totaling millions of dollars, which have helped create or retain thousands of jobs across the country. Additionally, Sam Adams has provided loans to over 40 breweries totaling more than $1 Million, as well as coaching to hundreds of brewers across the country.
For more information, please visit www.brewingtheamericandream.com.