And The Winner Is…

Kegerator.com sponsored an employee beer brewing competition over the month of November, and the winner was recently announced. There were four participating teams:  Rainbow Ale, Brew Ha Ha’s, Holiday Five Pack, and Schlitz and Giggles.

All put up a good fight – but ultimately, the judges had to choose just one to be the winner. And how did they determine the best beer you ask?

We arranged for a panel of beer aficionados (the brew class instructor from Austin Homebrew and two unbiased company execs) to rank the brews. They came to an undisclosed location (AKA an upstairs conference room) for scoring each team’s batch based on the following four criteria:

  • Presentation
  • Aroma and head retention
  • Flavor
  • Overall perception

JB, our brew class instructor and actual beer expert, lead the tasting – giving Rick, our CEO, and Peter, one of our VPs, his insights throughout the process. Interestingly enough, the scores came out synonymously, which affirmed a true winner.  Phrases used to describe the victor included, “excellent, almost-commercial, and a true first place.”

The winner was Schlitz & Giggles’ Meadow Muffin, a medium-bodied brown ale with hints of chocolate and malt. Out of a possible 120 points, Meadow Muffin came in at a not-too-shabby 102.

 

Kegerator.com congratulated its first ever beer brewing competition winners with a trophy of a home brew keg and tickets to a local beer tasting event.

Introducing The Holiday Five Pack

The Holiday Five Pack, if you’re not aware, is taken from the following Heineken commercial:

We are big fans of the advert and, since there are 5 of us, it made perfect sense for a team name. Holiday Five Pack consists of Melanie, Christine, Danielle, Linda and Titus.

Intimidated yet?

We knew from the beginning that we wanted to brew a dark beer because 1) the competition is being judged in December, so a light beer doesn’t work as well, and 2) Austin has hard water that gives off a slight bitterness and lends itself well to a dark brew. In the end, we chose to make a vanilla porter. Mmm.

The next step was to come up with a name for our beer. There were a few suggestions tossed around, including the clever “Pppporterface,” but Linda was dead set on including something relating to a wolf in the title. Why? We didn’t know for sure, but after we found this t-shirt at Austin Homebrew Supply, we knew it must be fate:

So we went back to the drawing board. Unfortunately, it seemed like every name we came up with was already taken. Howling Wolf? Taken.  Howling Wolf Mustache Beer? Taken. Obviously, we weren’t nearly as creative as we thought. We discussed the idea a bit more and decided the title should have some sophistication to it, then it came to us:

Image of the wolf was graciously provided by Jeremy of Sir Critter. It is only appropriate that he was inebriated when he came up with the idea. Thank you Jeremy. We hope to use the above image to print off labels for our bottles. Be sure to stay tuned for future posts on our brewing and bottling process. In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of our team photo shoot outtakes.

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