Contest boosts home brewed beer industry

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Updated: 8/18/2013 5:50 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- It's common to cool down on a hot summer day by drinking a cold beer. It's not so common to drink a brew you've made yourself. Locals who make their own beer shared their products with people in Reno at the 7th annual Sierra Tap House home brew contest.

"You're going to have a little bit of everything," said Sierra Tap House co-owner Zachary Cage. "We have 25 brewers, and 50 different beers being entered into the competition."

Cage said the beer at this year's homebrew contest include everything from ales, to porters, to stouts and there's something for everyone.

"Really, really eclectic blends," Angela Hansen said. 

This is Hansen's first time at the event and she already has her winner. 

"The oyster blend over there," Hansen said. "It's phenomenal."

Regular contestant Rodrick McNiel of Monster Dog Brewing is impressed with the turn out. 

"The Reno brewing community is amazing," McNeil said. "There's a lot of new beers here, a lot of different things that I've never seen before."

Those beers will be vying for prizes including brewmaster and people's choice. 

"We are trying to provide a forum that brings local home brewers together in a competitive environment," Cage said. 

McNeil says that competition raises the bar. 

"Every year it gets tougher and tougher 'cause the quality of beer gets better and better," McNeil said. "It actually propels you, makes you a better brewer."

It's also helping a local cause. Proceeds from the $15 tickets will benefit Care Chest of Sierra Nevada, a non-profit that provides medical resources for people in need. 

"It's great to enjoy great beer, have good fellowship and good friendship and support a great cause at the same time," McNeil said.

Cage said northern Nevada provides the perfect ingredients for good craft beer. 

"We've got great climate, great talent and great culture for craft brewing to thrive here," Cage said.
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