The 2022 Homebrew Challenge competition was held at the 4th annual Taste of Local Festival, hosted by field-to-fork experts Totally Local VC and the Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE). The Homebrew Challenge provided a great opportunity for local home brewers to show off their creations while attendees learned about the process of making beer, talked directly with the brewers, and sampled the brews.
The best of our local home brewers compete
Eight local home brewers gathered to compete for the title of Taste of Local’s Homebrew Grand Champion at this year’s Taste of Local Festival. It was a fun-filled competition with each of the contestants presenting their unique take on what they believe is the best local home-brewed beer.Over 400 festival attendees sampled the brews and cast their votes for their favorite. Professional Judges, a panel of local media experts and California Homebrew Association board members, also sampled the competitors’ entries and cast their votes. The Professional Judges totals were tallied and combined with the People’s Choice totals to determine the Grand Champion award winner.
And the winner is…
The 2022 Homebrew Challenge Grand Champion award was presented to Don White for his creation, Paige’s Chocolate Porter with Toasted Coconut. Don’s unique brew was a hit with not only the Pro Judges but attendees of the event as well. Don told us that his award-winning brew was named after one of his daughters. In fact, he names all of his beers after family members or his dogs!
Don White, Homebrew Challenge Grand Champion, creator of the award-winning brew, Paige’s Chocolate Porter with Toasted Coconut.
The Taste of Local Festival is about bringing together our local farmers, chefs, purveyors, wine makers and breweries with our community to celebrate our local harvest and the diversity of great food we have right here in Ventura County. Over 60 area chefs, farmers, purveyors, wineries, breweries, and distilleries showcase their culinary expertise. For more information, go to https://totallylocalvc.com/taste-of-local-festival.
Ventura Independent Beer Enthusiasts (VIBE) was founded in 2007 by a like-minded group of people dedicated to craft beer appreciation and fermentation. Its members make all types of fermented beverages and foods, along with serving them at club meetings, not-for-profit events, and competitions. To find out more, go to https://www.vibebeer.com/join/.