Friday, July 26, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., August 30, 2013
Sample suds from local homebrewers at DEBC’s Labor of Love competition
Because we all know how much hopheads love exclusive brews.
DEEP ELLUM The rise of craft beer culture in North Texas has undoubtedly inspired many to try brewing on their own. Just ask the guys at Lakewood Brewing Company, Community Beer Company, Martin House Brewing Company, and Grapevine Craft Brewing: Their businesses began as garage-based passion projects.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company is hosting a home brew competition called Labor of Love September 1 to spotlight some of the area’s up-and-coming brewers. It’s an intriguing niche, says DEBC chief sales “sensai” Tait Lifto, because you never know who will be setting up 30-barrel fermenters next.
“It’s important to keep helping people that need some guidance,” Lifto said. “Sometimes all you need is some encouragement and to get some feedback.”
This year, DEBC worked with several local homebrewing groups to recruit participants, expanding the roster to more than 40 home brewers. In 2012, Labor of Love showcased more than 20 brewers, Lifto said.
Brewers will bring five or more gallons of original home brew to Deep Ellum Labor Day weekend for the tasting. Recipes will be judged prior to Labor of Love by a panel of industry professionals, however, and the winners will be announced at the event. One brew will also we awarded the “people’s choice” through attendee voting during the party.
Local bands Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lossos, The O’s, and Shane Smith & The Saints will be jamming on the beer garden stage, and food trucks like Easy Slider and Pompeii DFW will be on-site to help attendees soak up the suds.
A limited number of tickets are currently on sale for $10. Once that tier runs out, tickets will cost $15 online and $20 at the door.
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