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Welcome to the Bluebonnet Brew-off

The Bluebonnet Brew-off is THE largest single site homebrew competition in the United States. It is the first leg of the Lone Star Circuit of homebrew competitions.

The Bluebonnet Brew-off is both an AHA and BJCP sanctioned event.
Congratulations go to the 2016 Winners

  • Homebrew Club of the Year: Cap and Hare
  • Homebrewer of the Year: Jeff Oberlin - Bay Area Mashtronauts
  • Homebrew Team of the Year: Sean Vreeland and Mike Treadway - Ancient Goat Hunters - Cap and Hare
  • Mueller Brown Quality Award: Beer Mafia!
  • Best of Show Beer: Grant Chandler - Central Arkansas Fermenters
  • Best of Show Mead/Cider: Jeff Oberlin - Bay Area Mashtronauts
  • Rabbit Hole Pro-Am: Brian Schoolcraft - Barking Spider Eisbock - Cap and Hare

  • Click here for the complete list of 2016 winners
    Click here for the 2016 Awards Night Photo Gallery

     : 31st Annual Bluebonnet - 2017 (11 Reads)
      Bluebonnet Brew-off   The 31st Annual Bluebonnet Brewoff is underway

    The competition dates for this year's event are as follows:

    1st week of January - Entry Registration Opens - date to be set

    January 30, 2017 - Entry Registration Closes

    February 2, 2017 - Drop Off Deadline

    February 4, 2017 - Log In

    1st Round Judging - Weekends of February 11 - 26

    2nd Round Judging = Weekends of March 4 - 18 + BOS

    Judging Location to be announced

    Awards weekend date and location will be announced shortly

    Posted by Admin on Sep 25, 2016 - 03:46 PM    comments? |   Printer friendly page | 

     : 2016 Bluebonnet Results (865 Reads)
      Bluebonnet Brew-off   The 30th Annual Bluebonnet Brewoff is now complete.

    Thank you to the volunteers, committee members, vendors and especially our donors for making this a great year.

    Thank you as well to everyone that attended. We hope you had a great time.

    Scoresheets are available on line if you did not pick up hard copies at the event. Hard copies will not be mailed.

    To access your scoresheets, log into the BCOEM using the same login you used to register your entries. Click on this ***LINK***

    Scroll down half page to the red scoresheet link.

    Thanks again everyone. The complete list of 2016 winners has been posted.

    Posted by Admin on Mar 14, 2016 - 08:22 AM     |   Printer friendly page | 

     : 2016 Bluebonnet Entry System (1031 Reads)
      Bluebonnet Brew-off  

    Welcome to the 30th Bluebonnet Brew-off.

    Early, On Line Registration is now closed. If you do not have tickets for the event, you can still purchase them at the door.

    Full Event: $40
    Friday only: $30
    Saturday: $30

    Limited seating is still available for Saturday pub crawls. $15 at the registration desk

    The Bluebonnet would like to extend a big thank you to all of the sponsors and donors to this years event. Your contributions help make this event possible. Thank you. We've included our friends in this year's program

    The deadline to reserve your hotel room at the special Bluebonnet Rate is Feb 25th!

    This year’s event will be held at the Irving Convention Center with accommodations just down the street at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas, located at 223 West Las Colinas Boulevard in Irving TX. For reservations call 1-800-264-1178 and ask for the Bluebonnet Brew-off rate, which is $101 per night. You can also make your reservations online at this LINK, Dallas Marriott Las Colinas. You must reserve your room by February 25th to get the Bluebonnet rate..

    Online registration for the 2016 Bluebonnet Brewoff opens Monday, January 11 at 8:00 am! You can register your entries at this link: ***LINK***

    Competition Entry is now closed - Please Follow the EventBrite Link for Event Registration

    Pub Crawl Sign Up is on the EventBrite site

    ***** NOTICE Competition Entry Closes Sunday January 24th! *****

    Click on this link if you just want to register for the event or purchase merchandise without entering the competition: Link to EventBrite

    Posted by Admin on Jan 10, 2016 - 03:54 PM     |   Printer friendly page | 

     : 2016 Keynote Speaker (1193 Reads)
      Bluebonnet Brew-off  

    Vinnie Cilurzo - Co-Owner/Brewmaster Russian River Brewing

    Vinnie grew up in a winemaking family in Temecula, California, where his parents owned Cilurzo Family Vineyards from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. Vinnie and his sister, Chenin, learned all aspects of owning and operating a small family winery. By the time he was 18 years old Vinnie had taught himself to homebrew in the basement of the winery. In 1994, Vinnie, a business partner and an investor opened Blind Pig Brewing Company in Temecula, California. They owned it for about 3 years during which time Vinnie earned awards at the Great American Beer Festival and the critical acclaim of being the first brewer to make a Double I.P.A. commercially (Blind Pig Inaugural Ale in 1994).

    In 1997, Vinnie and his wife, Natalie, moved to Sonoma County, where Vinnie took a job as the sole brewer at Russian River Brewing Company, then owned by Korbel Champagne Cellars. While at Korbel, Vinnie started experimenting with brewing funky beers in wine barrels (he had just one barrel at the time) and created RRBC's flagship beer, Pliny the Elder. In 2003, Korbel decided to get out of the beer business and sold the Russian River Brewing Company brand to Vinnie and Natalie.

    Over the years Vinnie has become a well-known brewer in the craft-beer community by not only making great beers but for his innovation and willingness to share everything he learns along the way. Vinnie has earned dozens of awards for his beers at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. But his most prestigious professional accolade came when he received the Brewer's Association Russell Schehrer Award For Innovation in Craft Brewing in 2008. He continues to be innovative and enjoys playing with a wide variety of funky bugs and critters with 600 wine barrels! One could say he has gone back to his roots!

    Posted by Admin on Jan 10, 2016 - 03:45 PM     |   Printer friendly page | 

     : 2016 Director's Welcome (990 Reads)
      Bluebonnet Brew-off   Welcome to the 30th annual Bluebonnet Brew-Off!

    This year’s event returns to the Irving Convention Center for a second year. Our hotel accommodations are once again at the Marriott Las Colinas, down the street from the ICC, at 223 W. Las Colinas Blvd. in Irving, TX. The group rate is $101. You must book your room by February 25th, in order to get this rate. Reservations can be made HERE, or by calling 1-800-264-1178. We will once again have shuttle buses running between the ICC and the hotel, for your convenience

    I am pleased to announce that our guest speaker is Vinnie Cilurzo, Co-Owner and Brewmaster of Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California. Vinnie is a world-renown brewer of IPAs and sour beers.
    Activities will include judging of a New Hop category that we are introducing this year, on a trial basis. This year’s event will also include a Brewer’s Choice competition. Entries will be judged prior to the Tasting Glass Evaluation Clinic. We will have Pub Crawls.
    Judging will be at Texas Brewing, Inc., 5200 Airport Fwy, Haltom City, TX 76117. Please come help us judge this year’s competition.

    For any event questions, please contact me at
    Einar Jonsson

    Irving Convention Center
    500 West Las Colinas Blvd.
    Irving, TX 75039

    Dallas Marriott Las Colinas
    223 West Las Colinas Blvd.
    Irving, TX 75039

    Posted by Admin on Jan 09, 2016 - 08:39 AM     |   Printer friendly page | 

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