Updated: Dec 30, 2022
As we reach the precipice of the year that was 2022 and prepare to take the free-fall plunge into the unknown that is 2023, this is the perfect opportunity to look back at a few of our favorite moments from the former and preview a few of our plans for the latter.
Obviously, that means Brewzaplooza and the Beermingham Invitational Brewing Competition.
Our event VIPs were entertained in “high style” by our generous sponsor, Elyton Hotel, atop their historic venue in Moon Shine, a most delightful and accommodating rooftop bar. The inaugural Brewzaplaooza VIPre- party was a hit!
VIPs were also treated to a pop-up concert at our event partner, Seasick Records (along with hot pizza and cold local beer!).
Taylor Hollingsworth covers “Plateau” by The Meat Puppets
The 2022 Beermingham Invitational, our flagship event, was BJCP certified. Our judges sampled over 80 entries in multiple categories and awarded 17 bronze, 15 silver, and 9 gold medals to the stand outs.
Bronze – Score range = 33-36:
Back Forty Bham – Backtoberfest Marzen - 34
Back Forty Bham - Diamond Splitter BA Stout - 35
Birmingham District Brewing Co – Birmingham Pilsner - 34
Birmingham District Brewing Co – Jade Imperial Brown Ale - 36
Ferus Brewing Co – Ferus Country Lager - 34
Hi Wire Brewing Co – Lo Pitch - 35
Hi Wire – Bed of Nails – 36.5
Oak Mountain Brewing Co – Party Time33.5
Oak Mountain Brewing Co – Pelham Pilsner - 36
Trim Tab Brewing Co – xBEERx – 34.5
Trim Tab Brewing Co – Premium Lager - 34
Trim Tab Brewing Co – Holiday Now - 35
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Solid Sounds – 34.5
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Top Note - 34
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Hammerator Doppelbock - 36
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Helles – 34.5
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Dunkelweizen – 34.5
Silver – Score range = 37-40:
Back Forty Bham – Festbier - 39
Birmingham District Brewing Co – Lose Your Way IPA – 40.5
Birmingham District Brewing Co – Ice Age Cold IPA - 38
Cahaba Brewing Co – Midnight Bonfire – 38.5
Ferus Brewing Co – Ferus Pale Ale – 37.5
Ferus Brewing Co – Ferus Premium - 37
Ghost Train Brewing Co – Skinny Water Lager - 40
Monday Night Brewing Co – Heavy Hands - 40
Oak Mountain Brewing Co – Stan’s Scotch Ale - 38
Trim Tab Brewing Co – Oktoberfest – 37.5
Trim Tab Brewing Co – Annica Blend #2 – 37.5
Uproot Brewing Co – Uproot IPA - 40
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Gold Light Lager – 37.5
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Perpetual Motion – 38.5
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Miracle Worker - 39
Gold – Score range = 41-50:
Birmingham District Brewing Co – Imperial Sucker Punch - 41
Cahaba Brewing Co – Pale Ale - 42
Ferus Brewing Co – Ferus Samantha Raspberry – 42.5
Ferus Brewing Co – Maple BA Baggie – 44.5
Hi Wire Brewing Co – Peanut Butter Cup 20w - 42
Oak Mountain Brewing Co – Oak Mountain House IPA -41
Oak Mountain Brewing Co – Nocturnal - 43
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Groovy Don’s Groovy IPA – 42.5
Yellowhammer Brewing Co – Electric Tiger Framboise - 43.5
The Chinese Zodiac sign for the span of time comprising February 1st, 2022, to January 21st, 2023 is the Water Tiger. But for Yellowhammer Brewing, in the Beermingham Invitational, 2022 was, no doubt, the year of the Electric Tiger, specifically the Electric Tiger Framboise. This was the beer that took the prize for best in show.
Congratulations to Yellowhammer for yet another strong performance in our competition (the Randolph Winston Lambic won best beer in 2021).
And as always, our Brewzapalooza "Wrap Party" featured our award ceremony, great vendors, outstanding food, incredible music, and delicious local beer!
So as we bid adieu to 2022, here’s a little glimpse of what you’ll see in 2023:
Beermingham Brewers Collaborative is in the exploratory phase of adding a Spring component to our regular Fall lineup. We are planning to add a one-day, "Beermingham Home Brew Competition" and music festival (complete with vendors and food trucks).
The Collaborative is also "gearing up" with some extra-special offerings for our inaugural membership drive.
We're also launching a special music series with our event partner, Seasick Records, which will showcase local music talent etc. and, of course, local craft beer!
Many thanks to all of our friends and sponsors who supported us in 2022. We look forward to wowing you with even bigger and better things in 2023. PEACE!