Core to host homebrewing competition March 25, free public admission

The Fayetteville and Bentonville homebrewing clubs will square off in a friendly competition at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Core Public House off Emma Street in downtown Springdale.

The event is free and open to the public, and will include samples of the competition beers as well as a variety of other ales and lagers created by local homebrewers.

For the competition, the Fayetteville Lovers of Pure Suds (FLOPS) and Ozark Zymurgists (OZ) clubs will each enter a beer from the three Irish Beer categories as defined by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guidelines. Categories include Irish Red Ale, Irish Stout and Irish Extra Stout.

The two clubs held separate preliminary competitions at their respective meetings earlier this month to determine the beers that would move on to the final round of judging.

On Saturday a team of judges will vote on the three beers and then crown an overall club winner. The winning club will win an opportunity to brew one of the winning beers on Core’s 20-barrel brewing system to be served on tap at area Core taprooms.

Those in attendance can vote for their favorite beer of the night in a People’s Choice-style competition.