SBE Homebrew Competition

As most of your know, we are hosting our first big homebrew competition, sponsored by Rip Current Brewing. The grand prize winner will get to scale up their recipe and brew on Rip Current’s production brewery!

The link to our competition is
The competition will be capped at 100 entries, 2 entries per person max with no duplicate sub-category entries.
Entries are now being accepted and will remain open until we hit the entry cap, or 8/24.

Categories accepted:

Category #5 – Bock
Category #13 – Stouts
Category #16 – Belgian & French Ale
Category #18 – Belgian Strong Ale
Category #23 – Experimental/Specialty Beer

We need BJCP qualified judges and a few volunteer stewards for the competition! You can register for these positions via the competition software. These are available for signup right now. The competition is registered with BJCP so judges will be awarded points. Judging will take place on Sunday, September 7th. Lunch will be provided and also a custom gift. Judges and stewards will be contacted to confirm acceptance.

Entry cost is $5/entry and must be paid through the competition software via PayPal only. You will not be able to print your labels until your entries are paid for. No cash or checks accepted.
If you do not have a PayPal account, sign up for one. It’s free and easy.
**IMPORTANT** Once you click the PayPal link and pay for your entries, you must click the “RETURN” button to go back into the competition software. If you fail to do this, your entries will not show as paid.

Each entry must be 2 plain brown 12oz unlabeled bottles, with unmarked caps.
Bottle drop off dates are: 8/20-8/24 in person at Rip Current Brewing (1325 Grand Ave #100, San Marcos, CA 92078) during Tasting Room hours ONLY. Wed – Thurs: 4PM – 8PM, Fri: 3PM – 9PM, Sat: 11AM – 9PM, Sun 12PM – 5PM.
No mailed entries accepted. No after hours entries accepted.
Rip Current is doing us a huge favor by hosting and accepting entries, so please help us make this as easy on the brewery and their employees as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Good luck & may the best brewer win!

Chris Stawney
Competition Czar

SBE August Meeting Notice

The August Meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday August 6 at 6pm at the Stone Brewing World Bistro in Escondido. The feature topic will be Brew Systems which will be led by Keith Gresham. The group meal will be Mac ‘n Beer Cheese.

On the Agenda:
1) Brew Systems – Keith
2) Stone Anniversary Soda Making & Serving – Judy
3) Churchill’s Pub Night recap – Derek
4) Spring Fling Campout – Andy
5) SBE Competition – Chris S.
6) Homebrew sharing

Please RSVP using the following form:

Vista Strawberry Fest Fruit Beers Homebrew Competition

The Vista Chamber of Commerce is putting on a homebrew competition as part of the Vista Strawberry Festival with assistance from Society of Barley Engineers.

The details of the competition are here:
Entries are due between May 19th – 23rd at the Vista Chamber of Commerce.

Entry forms are here:

Although this competition is during the Strawberry Festival, ANY fruited beer can be entered. So, get brewing and enter this local competition!
$10 entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd!
There was a cap at the first 35 entries, but that limit has been removed (everyone can enter!)

Good luck!

SBE March Meeting – Dark Ales

The March meeting of the Society of Barley Engineers homebrew club will be held on Wednesday March 2nd @ 6p.m. at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens and will focus on Dark Ale styles. The entree of the evening will be Pesto Penne with Chicken & Tomato. Directions are available at

On the agenda:
1. Dark Ale styles – Chris Stawney
2. Blind tasting (match the dark ale to the style) – Chris Stawney
3. Information Office update – Chris Banker
4. Upcoming Events – Stan
5. Stone March Madness AHA Rally event – Andy
6. Americas Finest City Homebrew Competition Results – Paul
7. Homebrew Sharing – All

What to bring:
Homebrew for sharing
Cash for entree if desired ($10 + tax & tip = $13)

Note: See comments for notes and photos from the meeting.