(Boston, MA) – In a few weeks, we’ll learn what the three beers will be in the Samuel Adams LongShot 2013 Variety Pack.
The Boston Beer Company holds the LongShot homebrew competition each year, announcing the three winning homebrewers at the Great American Beer Festival. One winner will be chosen from within the company while the other two entries will come from the general public.
Out of nine semifinalists from the general public, a number of judges hailing from the beer community settled on four finalists. The final four will fly to Denver for GABF next month with a 1-in-2 shot of seeing their homebrew re-brewed on a commercial scale for release next spring.
The final four:
- James Schirmer of Bellflower, CA – American Wheat with Hibiscus Flowers
- Brian St Clair of Cincinnati, OH – Flanders red ale with sour cherry
- Tom Fitzpatrick of Batavia, IL – Saison
- Zack Adams of Chester, CT – Imperial India Pale Ale (IPA)
According to one of the judges, Jay Brooks, these four beat out a doppelbock, German pilsner, lambic, rauchbier and a Russian imperial stout.
Last year’s winning LongShot pack included a Sticke Alt, Dunkel and Russian Imperial Stout.